Summer party ideas for July 4th are helpful no matter what summer party you’re planning. From the “official beginning” of summer with Memorial Day to the final holiday weekend of Labor Day, summer party ideas can make your gathering special. Tips for BBQ, ribs, grilling, hamburgers, food safety and patriotic desserts are all here. And while it may not be a patriotic holiday, Father’s Day is surely an outdoor cooking occasion when summer party ideas can help, too.
Summer party planning tips
When planning your menu, think “variety” - serve foods with an assortment of colors, flavors and textures. Also consider grilled versus cold items, so you don’t run out of space on your barbecue.
If serving cold dips, potato or pasta salads, make them a day in advance. Not only will this reduce your kitchen prep duties on the day of the party, but the flavors will improve with the overnight refrigeration time.
Corn on the cob is a must-have at any summer gathering. If you haven’t tried it, Fantastic Grilled Corn on the Cob is the way to go, and there is a video on How to Buy, Prepare and Grill Corn on the Cob.
Food safety is important! Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold when serving them at a party.
Prepare for the summer months by making and freezing your own hamburger patties. Simply season your ground beef and shape into patties. Then place each patty in between a piece of wax paper so they do not get stuck together during the freezing process. Place in a resealable freezer-weight plastic bag and lay them flat in the freezer so the patties maintain their shape. Store for up to 3 months.
Hamburger recipe tips
Getting fired up about burger season this summer? Here are some burger recipes to get you in the mood….let the mouth-watering commence! Cabo Beach Cheeseburger, Bold ‘N Saucy Cheeseburger, Mini Memphis-Style BBQ Burgers.
We’ve got lots of tips to guide you through the finer points of building a better burger. Check out the Burger Basics video to enjoy a juicy, perfectly grilled burger every time.
To keep your burgers from bulging in the center as they cook, when shaping your patties, make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. As the meat cooks and expands, the depression will disappear, allowing the burger to retain its shape so it can be topped without the ingredients sliding off the burger.
BBQ and rib tips
If ribs are your focus this grilling season, we also have you covered with this informative video on Grilling Ribs. This video will lead you through the different cuts of ribs and how to make sure they turn out moist and tender.
If you just can’t decide what to make at your 4th of July party, we have all kinds of BBQ Videos to help instruct you on any recipe or technique you might need this summer to get your party going.
Freezer pops are not only a kid favorite, but are perfect for a summer party because the prep can be done a couple days in advance and then all you have to do is pull them from the freezer before serving. Here are some suggestions both the kids and adults will love: Frosty Strawberry Pops, Rocket Pops, Watermelon Pops, Sweet N Hot Frozen Lemonade Pops.
Wow your guests with patriotic-themed desserts. From July 4th Dessert Bowl trifles to Firecracker Bites, we have desserts that will please all party-goers.
Make sure you take advantage of the fruits of the season, which just so happen to lend themselves nicely to the red, white and blue theme. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are a great place to start and are good for you. Simply clean, slice and toss the fruit together and top with a dollop of thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping for a simple and refreshing dessert!
Trifles are not only delicious, but they are beautiful too! Check out these patriotic-inspired trifles that will dress up any holiday table: All-American Trifle, Vanilla-Berry Trifle in a Cloud, Summer Berry Trifle, Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle, Layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bowl.