Host a Festive Fourth of July Dinner Party

4th of July, Dinner Parties, Entertain, Holidays

This post comes to us courtesy of home entertaining and lifestyle blogger Jenny Steffens Hobick


Having grown up on a farm in the country, my family has always seen the Fourth of July as an opportunity to cook straight from our family’s garden and fields and enjoy the simplicity of fresh, summer favorites. Being from Kansas City, not only does that mean really great sweet corn, but barbecue, as well.  This Fourth of July dinner party menu and table setting is casual but special and a true celebration of the best of summer.


The Menu


This menu shouts “summer” — watermelon, sweet corn, cucumbers, berries and barbecue. These recipes are simple and classic, aimed to highlight the fresh flavors of the main ingredients. The sweet-and-sour cucumber salad is the perfect complement to spicy, sticky barbeque ribs and ripe corn. The ice cream cake, with layers of fresh strawberries and blueberries inside and covered in a fluffy layer of Swiss meringue, will definitely be a spirited, show-stopping dessert.


Watermelon Margaritas
Barbecued Ribs
Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob
Classic Cucumber Salad
Homemade White Cheddar Biscuits
Red, White & Blueberry Ice Cream Cake



The Setting


While paper plates and plastic cups might be the norm for summer holidays, make this one a little more special by setting a really special table under a big tree in the grass. This unique (but still close to home) setting will make the meal even that more special… without having to leave your backyard! For more details on this table setting, visit my blog.



  • Rustic Farm Table
  • Navy Tin Plates
  • Casual Glasses
  • Red & White Twine
  • Mini American Flags in Mason Jars filled with Rock Salt
  • Baskets of Berries & Cherries
  • Red, White & Blueberry Ice Cream Cake (brought out after dinner)
  • Medium Flags


For more inspiration, visit my Summer Entertaining Guide. You’ll find more grilling recipes, summer desserts, holiday menus, summer table settings and more.


About the authorJenny Steffens Hobick, a home entertaining and lifestyle blogger, makes entertaining accessible and enjoyable… for the hosts and guests.  As a former caterer and party planner, Jenny shares her secrets to hosting casual and elegant parties. From table settings to recipes, her creative tips and resourceful methods inspire her readers to make Everyday Occasions special – whether it be a family style feast, elegant cocktail party or intimate dinner for two.  Jenny believes that entertaining at its best is done often, with an effortless and easy style.

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