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At my house, summer is in full swing and I’m busy planning fun patriotic parties. Yeah, I know June 21st is the official first day of summer, but who’s looking at the calendar? Not me!
When we’re planning a patriotic party, we fire up the grill and invite a huge crowd over to celebrate our great country. Our party is always casual and flip flops are the expected footwear. The decor screams red, white and blue and the food is always a play on the American classics.
Red, White, and Blue Decor
When it comes to partying outside, I like a no-frills easy party decor. Since I have a gazillion glass vases hiding in the cabinet beneath my kitchen sink, I decided to stock up on gumballs in red, white and blue.
Add a few flags and Americana pinwheels and the centerpiece is done.
Guessing Game: Count the gumballs as you put together your centerpiece. Have your guests guess the number of gumballs. The one who guesses the closest gets to take home both centerpieces!
Remember that red tablecloth you used at Christmas? It’s time to bring it back out. It’s perfect for a patriotic party.
Patriotic Party Menu
Burgers and Fries Station
Grilled burgers and french fries are a family favorite. My party calls for a make your own burger and fries station.
The fries are so much easier to serve when I place them in individual cups with a dollop of Hunt’s® Ketchup.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars
The kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Who am I kidding? I love them too! To take them up a notch for a patriotic celebration, I use star-shaped cookie cutters.
- Peter Pan® Peanut Butter
- Strawberry Jam or Jelly
- Star Cookie Cutters
Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cut them out with star-shaped cookie cutters. The kids at your party will be so thankful that you’re thinking about them.
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
I’ve been making 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies for years. This is always my go-to recipe because these cookies turn out perfectly every single time. The addition of chocolate chips amps up the flavor and elevates the taste of my favorite peanut butter cookie.
Who can resist peanut butter and chocolate? I imagine you have everything you need to make these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies in your pantry. You don’t even have to wait until a special occasion.
My favorite brand of peanut butter is Peter Pan® Peanut Butter. Maybe it’s because mom always had Peter Pan® on hand so I grew up loving this peanut butter. I buy it for my family because it’s made with wholesome, simple ingredients, and packed with protein. Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I eat it straight from the spoon or add it to my favorite oatmeal.
To make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies, you’ll need one cup each of peanut butter and sugar, one egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together with a spoon. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
Scoop tablespoons full of the cookie dough and shape into balls.
Flatten slightly and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350º F.
These no-fail Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies come out perfect every single time!
- 1 cup Peter Pan® Peanut Butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough and shape them into balls.
- Flatten slightly when you place the cookie dough balls onto a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until done.
- Cool on a wire rack.
Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 12mgSodium 82mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 4g
Star-Spangled Fruit Kabobs
No summer party is complete without Star Spangled Fruit Kabobs. Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple dessert.
- Sliced Strawberries
- Wooden Skewers
For the first four skewers, you’ll need to add seven blueberries followed by one strawberry slice and a marshmallow. Repeat the strawberries and marshmallows two more times.
For the remainder of the skewers, alternate seven strawberry slices and six marshmallows, beginning and ending with strawberries. You now have a flag-inspired fruit tray.
Red, White, and Blue Drinks for Everyone
- Cranberry Juice
- Clear Soda
- Blue Low-Sugar Sports Drink
Fill cups with ice. Add the cranberry juice to the bottom. Add the clear soda next. Be sure to slowly pour the soda over the ice. Then add the sports drink. Again, be sure and pour slowly over the ice.
Let’s Play Some Games
Remember all the childhood games you played as a kid? It’s time to act like a kid again by participating in games of Red Rover, Kick the Can and Freeze Tag. What about a game of volleyball? The kids will love having the adults join in and you’ll take a sweet trip down memory lane.
I do hope I’ve inspired you to throw caution to the wind and plan your own Patriotic party. The food is delicious and the tablescape is fun and easy to create. And the 4-ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are amazing!
Walmart has everything you need to recreate my summer kickoff party.
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