Festively Simple Summer Recipe Ideas


Happy 4th of July weekend! The 4th is one of my favorite holidays. It’s such a treat to have friends and family over while everyone enjoys the sunny weather, traditional fun and games, and of course, the annual Bay Area fireworks. As the hostess, my trick to making the day run smoothly and keeping my guests happy is to concentrate the food around simple, crowd-pleasing recipes. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite 4th of July recipes below. Not only are they gorgeous, very refreshing and incredibly festive, they are also so easy to pull together. Enjoy!

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Mint juleps are frosty and refreshing and perfect for a hot July day. The thing we like most? They’re a hit with both adults and kids, cutting your prep work in half. Omit the bourbon and the children have a yummy, fruity slushy to sip on! We can’t promise they won’t beg you for seconds and thirds! We’re going to try this Strawberry Ginger Julep recipe!


Pies are a must on 4th of July. We can’t get enough of this vibrant Cranberry Curd Pie with Citrus Whipped Cream! The bright and zesty flavors are perfect for a fun day under the sun. Bake pies the day before to get ahead of party day.


And since you probably want more than one pie to wow your guests, here’s another. Of course, berry pies with their juicy red and dee blue color scream patriotic, but we love a chicer spin on the tried and true with this tart and tangy, summer Grapefruit Curd Pie. Pipe whipped cream or meringue in star-like shapes for a subtle nod to the flag!


When it comes to entertaining, we’re all about simple yet delicious dishes to serve to your guests. This Grapefruit and Avocado Salad is cool and fresh and has the right amount of creamy goodness with acidic brightness. Not to mention, it looks gorgeous served on a platter!


A tray of fruit is a must. It’s easy grab and go snacking as guests mingle, kids jump in and out of the pool and people munch by the food table. Here’s a beautiful spread for inspiration. They key is variety!


Hero image,  1, 2 & 3 from Williams-Sonoma, 4, 5

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