This Year, Host the Most Iconic July 4th Dinner Party Ever

4th of July, Dinner Parties, Entertain, Holidays, Summer

The perfect Fourth of July celebration has but a few requirements: It should be a casual—yet still special—gathering of your favorite people, and it should feature a colorful menu and setting that highlights fresh, nostalgic warm-weather favorites. Want to have a crowd over, but don’t know exactly how to pull it together? Don’t worry; we’ve got the menu and the look figured out to you, and it’s the ultimate ode to summer.

The Menu

For the menu, serve up a spread of classic Americana. Highlight watermelon, corn, berries—seasonal produce that screams summer—by serving each ingredient as minimally as possible. Throw in the country’s most iconic dishes—think ribs, biscuits, pie and more—and your dinner is guaranteed to be a hit.

 

Watermelon Margaritas

 

Welcome everyone into your home by inviting them to cool off with a frozen watermelon margarita. 

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Two Vinegars

 

Available in a seemingly endless array of colors and sizes, heirloom tomatoes are one of the glories of summer. Splash them with a double dose of bright vinegars, and they’ll really shine.

Smokehouse Ribs

 

Cook these spare ribs ’til they’re fall-off-the-bone tender, and we guarantee they’ll fly off the table. Feeling intimidated by homemade ribs? Don’t be. Learn how easy they are to make in the video below.

 

 

Unfried Chicken

 

It doesn’t get more all-American than buttermilk fried chicken, but if we’re being honest, frying anything can be a smelly, messy ordeal. For the same effect without any of the oil splatter, try Unfried Chicken, country music and Food Network star Trisha Yearwood’s healthier baked version. 

Buttermilk Biscuits

 

Fried chicken simply isn’t the same without biscuits. If you’re a pastry pro, try making these buttermilk biscuits from scratch—or if you’re looking for something a bit speedier, start with Trisha Yearwood’s biscuit mix.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with House Rub

 

There’s no need to blanked corn in cream, cheese or anything else; simply rub it lightly with seasonings and leave it alone on the grill. 

Sesame-Cucumber Salad

 

Cool, juicy cucumbers are a nice foil to piping-hot biscuits and barbecue. We love the sweet-tart interplay of the vinegar and sugar—think of it as a sweet-and-sour pickle in salad form.

Cherry-Ginger Pie

 

For a real showstopper, end the meal by doling out generous slices of this cherry-ginger pie. A Star Lattice Pie Top-Crust Cutter makes it that much more festive. 

The Setting


Sure, you could make do with paper plates and red plastic cups—but if you want to make the occasion that much more special, set up camp outside on a porch or in a backyard with a table decked out in red, white and blue. It’ll feel festive (without anyone having to leave the backyard!).

Show guests you’re ready to get the party started by handing out watermelon cocktails in iconic margarita glasses that are designed to resist shattering. For drinks of the non-frozen variety, Swirl Tritan Glassware mimics the elegant look of glass in an unbreakable, BPA-free plastic. Get your stars and stripes on by decking out the table with Americana Melamine Dinnerware pieces like salad plates, serve bowls and platters, and play up the outdoor picnic vibe with Gingham Check Napkins. To finish the look, adorn the table with petite galvanized pails filled with flatware (we love Laguiole’s collection) and mini U.S. flags.

 

Looking for a plan that’s even more laid-back? Check out some of our Fourth of July cookout recipes

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