Monday, July 4, 2011

{Patriotic Sweets}

Whether you are celebrating an Americana themed wedding or a simple backyard get together with family and friends, it's always fun to get into the spirit of 4th of July by creating red, white, and blue sweets for your party. These are some of my summer favorites below...I especially love how many of them incorporate berries into the fresh and sweet..perfect for a warm summer evening. Just add a fruity and sweet blush wine and you are ready for some fireworks!

I absolutely love these Patriotic Parfaits made with red currant and panna cotta topped with currants and blueberries. They are fun way for your guests to cool off during the summer and make any dessert bar look amazing. Try this recipe from Martha'll be tempted to make them every day.

Nothing says summer has arrived more than big, sweet strawberries in your local markets...surprise your party guests with an amazing plate of chocolate dipped strawberries in colorful 4th of July designs by Jackie's Baskets. Best of all they can be delivered right to your front door.

Between planning a party and entertaining your guests, there isn't always lot of time to spend in the kitchen is a fun and easy way to create something fast and delicious that will please everyone...doesn't everyone love cupcakes...especially when they have cream cheese frosting and fruit toppings...all I have left to say is yum! Bake your own with this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

Maybe you are having your wedding 4th of July weekend, but you are pretty sure you don't want your reception theme to be red, white, and blue stars and stripes. Here is a perfect way to incorporate your love for the holiday in a very classic and beautiful way...the wedding cake above is just the right amount of festive with cute red dots and flowers that are simple yet elegant. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Canlas Photography.

What's more All-American than pie? This Berry Truffle pie features a mixture of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries as well as creamy chocolate. What an explosion of flavor! Find the recipe at Better Homes and Gardens.

I love and support the idea behind these Cake Pops by Bakerella. They are dedicated to all the soldiers, marines, and troops out there who serve our country every day and don't always get to spend Independence Day with their loved ones. GC says thank you to you too.....happy 4th of July everyone :)

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