4th of July Party Ideas

I had the pleasure of creating some cupcakes for a 4th of July party idea segment for our local Fox News station. The JDK Group created a festive table styling as well was decorating and recipe tips for a great 4th of July celebration.

This is a great idea for decorating your chairs with goodies for your guests.

Refreshing and healthy fruit kabobs look yummy!

Here’s a cupcake I made for the shoot. The cupcake liners are from Michael’s and the cupcake pick is a free printable available from HGTV by Tomkat Studio. Click here to download.

A festive centerpiece you can create yourself.

The napkin is wrapped with 4th of July craft wire. Don’t forget extra touches like this one 🙂

This looks delish and the recipe from The JDK Group is below!

A coordination tag to label your beverages adds that special touch.

Here are the link to see the video segments. Lots of great party and cooking tip.
Segment 1 – Decorating ideas
Segment 2 – My cupcakes!

Segment Grilling tips
Segment 4 Burger bar topping ideas

Styling, Food, Recipes: The JDK Group
Photography: Thomas Beaman Photography
Cupcakes: The Couture Cakery

Happy 4th of July!!!

All American Salad Recipe

(recipe by The JDK Group)

Get festive with a delicious and colorful summer salad!

1/4 cup blueberry or raspberry vinegar

1/4 cup blueberry chutney

1/4 cup minced red onion



2/3 cup canola oil

8 cups washed and torn salad greens

3 cups blueberries

2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries

4 ounces crumbled blue cheese

1 cup toasted almonds

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, chutney, onion, salt, and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly, until it is all incorporated evenly. Set the dressing aside. Toss the greens, blueberries, strawberries, and blue cheese in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss well to coat evenly. Add the almonds and serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


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