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4th of July Guide

by Abby Michaelsen |

Happy 4th of July! We put together a guide full of simple recipes, ideas, and decor inspo to help you create a festive statement this July Fourth. From apps and drinks to charcuterie, dessert, and decor tips, we have ideas you'll love for your patriotic festivities - whether you're hosting the celebration or a guest on appetizer duty.

Red, White & Blue Cheese Board

This cheese board features delicious pops of red, white & blue for a festive 4th of July spread!

Served on: Acrylic Tray-White with the Bamboo Charcuterie Insert

Cheese: Pick cheeses that feature red, white, and blue: Gouda with red wax is great, blue Stilton or any blue cheese, and brie. For a little somethin' extra: small bowl of whipped ricotta cheese topped with honey, blueberries, strawberries

Charcuterie: If your 4th of July celebration is anything like ours, it probably includes lots of BBQ which means you can go lighter on the charcuterie. A small portion of your favorite cured meats (proscuitto, salami, etc.) will do.

Crackers & Toppings: Assortment of light crackers in various shapes and flavors. Color the board with fresh fruits like blueberries, strawberries, red grapes, and cherries. Finally, for a sweet and spicy touch, serve a spicy jelly (we love Trader Joe's Hot Pepper Jelly).

Firecracker Popsicle Cocktails

These cocktails capture the childlike fun of 4th of July with an adult twist!

Directions: Pour glasses of Rosé wine (white wine works well too) and gently place "firecracker" popsicles in each glass.

Served on: Acrylic Tray - White lined with our Red, White, & Blue Reversible Insert

Red, White, & Blue Crostini

These patriotic appetizers are a fun, simple appetizer for the 4th that look as good as they taste.

Served on: Acrylic Tray-Clear with the Stars and Stripes Reversible Insert


  • French baguette cut into about 24 small slices (about 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1-2 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix together the ricotta, lemon juice, honey, and a pinch of salt (adjust honey and lemon to your liking)
  • Place crostinis on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and bake until golden brown (around 10 minutes)
  • Spread ricotta over crostinis, place berries on top and drizzle with honey

Rosé Station

Elevate your wine by serving it on a tray with festive glassware and cocktail napkins. The Stars & Stripes Insert will transform your tray into a spirited 4th of July look. Use wicker and burlap to add a rustic summer touch.

Served on: Acrylic Tray - Clear lined with the Stars & Stripes Reversible Insert

All American Ice Cream Sundaes

A 4th of July themed ice cream sundae bar will be a hit with all ages at your celebration. Create a festive sundae bar with your favorite red, white & blue toppings.

Served on: Acrylic Tray-White with the Life's a Picnic Reversible Insert


  • Fill a serving bowl with vanilla ice cream pre-topped with red and blue sprinkles
  • Serve with a variety of toppings including fresh strawberries, blueberries, and classic American cookies

To create an All-American look use American flag cups, red, white & blue serving ware and paper lanterns.

Watermelon & Cucumber Coolers

If you’re looking for a quick drink recipe that isn't boring, this is it. Literally two ingredients, mix, and you're done!

Directions: Combine Trader Joe's Watermelon Cucumber Cooler with vodka (add to your liking).

Served on: Acrylic Tray Clear lined with our Stars & Stripes Reversible Insert

Go with an unexpected look

Mix up your decor white a funky blue & white print like the Shibori pattern on our Red, White, & Blue Reversible Insert. Festive napkins, classic potato chips, and wine make for a simple but elegant 4th of July spread.

Served on: Acrylic Tray - White lined with our Red, White, & Blue Reversible Insert

Retro Hamburger Station

For a vintage 4th of July feel, incorporate classic American items like old fashioned Coca Cola, hamburger baskets with blue gingham paper, and retro condiment holders. The Jack of all Trays makes a perfect serving surface for your buns and patties!

Served on: Acrylic Tray - White

We hope you enjoyed our guide and that it helps you make a statement this 4th of July! Use code HAPPYFOURTH for 15% OFF any order now through 7/4/21.

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