Red, White and Blue July 4th Desserts

July 4th Desserts

Two ingredients transform any snack into dessert!

I love to make semi-homemade treats like these three red, white and blue July 4th desserts! However, I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen.

So, I have a simple trick that I use to turn any homemade or store bought snack into a fun holiday dessert. The best part… it’s easy to color coordinate your dessert for any holiday or party. 

 

Just combine white chocolate melts and any kind of sprinkles! 

 

Chocolate candy melts can be used to make any chocolate covered dessert. Candy melts are sold in a variety of different colors. For instance, I get them at Amazon. Usually, I melt the chocolate in the microwave. However, if you melt chocolate often, Wilton has a handy melting pot, here

Next, I like to add sprinkles that match the color scheme or theme of the celebration. Amazon has a great selection, too.  I like to keep a variety on hand for sprucing up desserts. 

What can you cover in chocolate and sprinkles to make dessert?

  1. Smores size marshmallows
  2. Sandwich or plain style cookies like oreos, nutter butter, wafers
  3. Fruit like strawberries, sliced apples, oranges, bananas
  4. Frozen ice cream treats like ice cream sandwich or popsicles
  5. Pretzels or pretzel sticks
  6. Rice crispy treats
  7. Little Debbie snack cakes
  8. Brownies 
  9.  Peanut Butter + Ritz crackers 
  10. Popcorn

Depending on the snack, you can insert festive paper straws, lollipop or popsicle sticks into them to make them easy to hold. For example, I have added sticks to bananas, rice crispy treats or marshmallows. 

Three of my family’s favorites are… 

  1. Rice crispy treats, click here for detailed instructions!   
  2. Chocolate covered pretzel sticks.  Use the same directions.
  3. Chocolate covered popcorn.

Chocolate popcorn is perfect for family movie night or affordable gifts for teachers and neighbors!  Again, it is fun to add a variety of sprinkles or small candies like holiday M&M’s.  For instance, we add ‘red hots’ candy during Christmas, valentines or July 4th!

If you need detailed instructions to make the popcorn treat, click here! 

Simply place in a mason jar tied with red, white and blue ribbon. Then, place a flag into the ribbon. This makes a great gift or you can take it along to a fireworks show. 

 

If you are looking for more red, white and blue decorations, check out this July 4th table! Or this one

Tips to Style a Labor Day Tablescape

Labor Day Tablescape Inspiration

As we are approaching the last few days of August, we cannot ignore the fact that Summer is closing in on us!  If you live in the south, you know that we can not base the seasons on temperatures alone.  Otherwise, summer may never end!  We have to use events like ‘Back to School,’ the release of Starbuck’s  ‘pumpkin spice latte’ and Labor Day to tell us that Fall is on its way! Yes, the PSL is currently available at Starbucks!  I think I will hold off on that till Texas actually goes from ‘sweat weather’ to ‘sweater weather.’

Consequently, I want to share one more red, white and blue tablescape idea with y’all to honor the American workers for Labor Day.  It will be a great way to celebrate the end of summer with a backyard barbecue with friends and family. This American holiday tablescape is actually styled by my mother in law, Martha, using ideas from one of our previous July 4th tablescapes. Martha’s screened-in back porch looks amazing, so I had to share it with y’all!  I hope it inspires your next Labor Day tablescape too!

 

Collect what you love!  Then, use what you have! 

If you find something that you absolutely love, buy it! A good set of white dishes goes a long way. However, don’t be afraid to layer additional patterns and colors of plates or linens! If you want to mix your fine china and everyday dishes, or even paper plates, do it. If you want to mix your vintage transfer ware with new, outdoor melamine dishes, do it. If you want to mix polka dots, checkered patterns with floral prints, do it!  First, read these tips to learn how we mixed patterns for the table setting here!

Sources: Pottery Barn chargers, Ikea white dinner plates, Pier 1 red melamine plates & checkered napkins, vintage transferware, and HEB star plates.

 

Create a focal point.  Then, go over the top!

First, create a fun centerpiece as the focal point on your Labor Day tablescape.  A footed wooden riser adds height and sets the rest of the table apart.  However, a long cutting board or tray would work well, too.  A collection of blue and white vases, pitchers and candlesticks pulls the eye through out the table.  Think of items that you have in multiples of that you could group together to make a statement. For example, this could a collection of white milk glass vases or brass candlesticks.  In addition, mini flags, floral stems and metallic foil decorations are an inexpensive touch to decorate for patriotic and American holidays.

Next, go over the top with your decorations.  For example, a large glass vase on the buffet table is filled with lots of red and white faux florals to create a ‘wow factor’ when guests arrive.  The size of this display is impressive, but you could accomplish that will contrasting color or pattern, too.

Set the mood.  Then, have fun!

You can set the mood of a room by using a similar color theme and decor throughout the space!  By incorporating a bucket of red, white and blue pillows, and styling the buffet table, this screened in porch screams summer time!  The entire room is not only festive but welcoming, too.  Therefore, don’t forget to add a few holiday or seasonal touches throughout the entire room. Life isn’t about having a Pinterest perfect home; it is about using what you have to create a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends!

 

Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor Blog! Please save this blog post to your summer tablescape Pinterest board, or share on Facebook!  You never know who you may help inspire to ‘set the table!’ Most importantly, I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

July 4th Tablescape Tips that Transcend any Holiday

Red, White and Blue Tablescape Tips

July 4th Ideas that Transcend any Holiday

Recently, I was featured on the local news, KWTX Channel in Waco, Texas with journalist Julie Hays to share easy holiday decorating tips for the fourth of July.  Being on LIVE television is way out of my comfort zone. However, I truly believe our purpose is to share our passion, talents, and knowledge with others! 

These ideas transcend any holiday or party theme. Simply, change the colors and patterns that you use.  

Here’s the video if you want to check it out:

 

Here’s my display set up at the KWTX studio before I went live!

And here are the holiday tips that I shared to make your holidays more festive!

 

1. Use craft supplies to dress up your dinnerware!

I always recommend buying your serving pieces and dinnerware in simple colors like white, clear glass or galvanized metal for summer entertaining, so that they work with any style.  With a few simple supplies like paper and ribbons, you can transform your dishes to match any holiday or party theme.

I will show you a few examples, but the possibilities are endless!

I collect a variety of sizes of white cake stands.  These mini cake stands are from the Target Dollar Spot and are perfect for cupcakes at each place setting or adding height to a centerpiece.  You can use wrapping paper, craft papers, scrapbook paper or even fabric.  When you are done, just toss the paper and clean up is easy.

  • Use the top as a template to trace the top of the cake stand onto the paper.
  • Cut the paper according to your lines.
  • Use a glue dot or double sided adhesive square on the back of the paper.
  • Adhere to the tray or cake stand to hold in place.

 

Adding patterned paper to your trays is a quick and affordable way to get holiday themed dishes.

 

Each of these trays below are lined with removable material.  The ticking stripe paper is actually wrapping paper cut to hide a Christmas themed tray.  The American flag print is actually a plastic placemat cut down to size.

 

Ribbon is another way to dress up your jars, especially for candy or dessert bars.

 

Even stickers can make containers festive for casual parties and holiday get togethers.

 

2. Create a treat for guests, especially the kids.

You can put treats at each place setting on the table or at the dessert bar for guests to take home!  It is a fun way to thank guests for coming or keep kids entertained.  Mason jars are great for storing edible treats or making a S’mores kit!  I found small packages of graham crackers and marshmallows at the grocery store that fit right in the jar.  Add chocolate and roasting sticks, and dress it up with ribbon!  These will wow guests and add a pop of color to the table.

Metal buckets, mini crates or berry baskets are available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Target for around $1.  When planning for a party, I like to get candy that reminds me of the holiday or event, or with candy or wrappers that match the color theme, like these red and blue airheads candy.  For a goodie bag, get items that match your theme.  For the July 4th bucket, I included sunglasses, sparklers, glow bracelets, mini flags, and candy.  I lined the bucket with a paper napkin in a flag print – easy and inexpensive.

 

3. Crates or caddies are great for rounding up your supplies.

Vintage tool boxes, galvanized metal caddies and wooden crates can hold everything you need for casual outdoor dining and look great as a unique centerpiece.  Galvanized metal caddies can be found at Sam’s, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and most home decor stores.  Find one of kind vintage boxes at antique or junk stores.  This trick works great when the get together is casual, so you aren’t setting the table ahead of time you  or you aren’t sure how many guests are coming.  It is easy for guests to grab what they need when they need it. Easy hosting!  If you have older kids, it is easy to fill a crate for the kitchen island so kids can help themselves to snacks during summer.

 

 

Crates and caddies are handy to hold your paper products, utensils, chargers, cups, straws, and extra linens.  Whether you are heading to the backyard for a barbecue or to the lake for a picnic, it keeps everything together.

 

Love Pinterest like I do? Please share this to your Pinterest board. 

Then, follow my July 4th Pinterest board for lots of red, white and blue desserts, DIYs, decor.

Summer Tablescape Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the summer tablescape ideas blog hop!  Today, I am sharing some July 4th tablescape inspiration!  Then, I hope you check out the rest of the summer tablescape blog hop!  There are so many beautiful outdoor spaces and summery tablescapes linked at the bottom of this post!
Summer time is for making memories, being adventurous, & spending time outdoors.  It means sippin’ sweet lemonade or iced tea on a hot, sunny day while sitting on the back porch with friends.  It’s great for chasing down the ice cream truck or fireflies at dusk.  Right in the middle of summer, we celebrate July 4th, which is a perfect time for a backyard barbecue, seafood broil, or grilling burgers & hot dogs with family & friends.  These are some of my favorite tips to style your July 4th tablescape.

Summer Tablescape Tips

This summer tablescape works beautifully on your outdoor patio or a picnic table at the lake!  I have rounded up everything you will need to make your July 4th table fun, festive and kid friendly.

Galvanized Caddy!  Caddies come in all shapes and sizes and are available everywhere from Sam’s Club or Amazon.com to home decor stores.  These organizational crates make it easy to store dishes and utensils or carry indoor items outdoors.
 
Melamine Dishes! Melamine dishes are so much sturdier than paper plates, easy to care for and come in so many fun colors and patterns.  Pier 1 has great melamine dishes in all sorts of fun colors which layer well for a place setting.  You can find fun holiday melamine dishes from the grocery store, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, or online.
Paper Napkins!  Disposable and inexpensive y’all.  You can buy paper napkins to match any holiday or theme and dress up your plain white dishes.
 
White Serving Dishes!  So I have shared this tip before, but white dishes like trays, platters, and bowls work great from casual to fancy dinners depending on what they are paired with.  This tray is actually individually stacked trays.
Mason Jars!  Mason jars with lids work great so drinks do not spill.  Some jars can even be personalized with chalk labels.  Patterned straws or ribbon add to the festive look.
 Gingham Tablecloth! There is nothing that represents a summer picnic better than a red and white gingham checkered tablecloth.  Kid friendly fabrics like vinyl and oil cloth can easily be wiped down or plastic and paper can be disposed of after use.
Flags! Mini flags are the perfect patriotic touch to a tablescape.  You can place them in pots of greenery or bouquets of blue and white hydrangeas, corral them in a mason jar, or place flags at each place setting for guests.  They remind us of our freedoms and are so festive for the summer holidays.
Candles in Lanterns!  Candles are great to keep the party well lit long after the sun goes down.  Try citronella candles to keep the bugs away or flameless candles to prevent any injuries.  Place candles in lanterns for a simple, yet functional centerpiece!
 Holiday Inspired Desserts!  If the hundreds of holiday themed desserts on Pinterest don’t inspire you to make your own, just pick up a few festive desserts at your grocery store or bakery.   Colorful, holiday themed sprinkles can transform any dessert to a festive treat! Create a dessert bar for kids or place desserts on tiered trays in the center of the table for a fun and delicious display.

I hope my list has given you a few ideas to make your next summer get together more fun, more festive and more kid friendly.  Enjoy more ideas and photos below to inspire your July 4th tablescape this summer.  You can never use too many stars and stripes in your summer decor, especially July 4th tablescape.   With Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day,  red, white and blue are my favorite colors to use during summer parties.

Pattern mixing is fun way to add interest to your tablescape or home decor.  You can check out more pattern mixing tips with red white and blue on this blog post, Pattern Mixing Tips for your Summer Table.
If you are stumped for a centerpiece, you can’t go wrong with symmetry; just find two similar items to balance the table. Place a tall tray or bouquet in the center!
I just love anything mini; so cute, right?!  These mini plates work for appetizers or desserts and are perfect for little hands!
Making each place setting special will make your guests feel welcome and look forward to your next summer cookout.  It is all in the details, y’all!
 Thanks for checking out the Cuter Tudor and my July 4th tablescape!  Happy Fourth of July, y’all!

 

 

Check out these summer tablescape ideas from my favorite bloggers below:

Life by Leanna

Charlottes Happy Home

Cuter Tudor

Grace In My Space

Grey Birch Designs

Karlee Bowman

My Georgian Farmhouse

Oak Hill Farms

Selah Pines Farmhouse

July 4th Dessert: Easy Rice Krispies Treats

July 4th Dessert: Easy Rice Krispies Treats

These red, white and blue Rice Krispies treats are an easy, yet festive July 4th dessert. 

For me, there is a happy medium between spending hours baking goodies from scratch and buying everything already pre-made.

It’s like I want cute, homemade looking desserts that match the theme of holidays and parties. Except, without all the work.  So, I like to make easy no bake desserts.  

 

By changing the color of the straws, chocolate or sprinkles, you can make this easy rice krispies treat for any holiday or party! However, I made these for a festive July 4th dessert. 

Or make them for little ones, just because. The paper straws won’t let little hands get sticky! I love these red white and blue straws from the Target Dollar Spot. 

 

Easy Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Heres what you need:

  • Rice Krispies treats – homemade or pre-made 
  • White chocolate melts
  • Patterned paper straws
  • Assorted Sprinkles

You can make your own rice Krispies treats, or if you are in a hurry, buy them already pre-made!

 

 

First, cut the paper straws in half.   Next, insert the straw at least an inch into the Rice Krispies treat as shown.

 

Melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.  It usually melts in one minute. You can add food coloring if you want the icing to be colorful.  Place the rice crispy side down into the melted chocolate.  Cover all sides in chocolate about an inch or two up. Two chocolate squares covered 8 rice crispies.

 

While the chocolate is still melted, cover with sprinkles.  I usually pour the sprinkles over a paper plate, so I can fold the plate and pour the extra sprinkles back onto rice krispies.  Don’t forget to cover the bottom in sprinkles, so it won’t stick to the plate.

Allow the chocolate to harden. It usually takes less than 5 minutes.

July 4th Desserts and Decorations

Rice Krispies treats are one of my daughter’s favorite desserts to eat and make. She loved this spin for a July 4th dessert, because sprinkles always make it better! 

Plus, I love recipes that my kids can do too, without making a big mess.  

 

If you need some more red, white and blue decorating ideas, check out my most pinned picture…  this July 4th table.  Want more July 4th ideas, check out my Pinterest board

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