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Maybe it’s the sunshine, but I think there’s more to why the summer holidays are my favorites.
The ease of planning for a summer holiday party has a lot to do with it. No fancy menus needed and you know you’ll be able to be outside, which means less worry about where to fit everyone and how to keep your guests (especially the younger ones) entertained.
Plus, aside from the grilling, all the prep work can be done ahead of time (I prefer the day before) so even as the party host, you can relax.
Fourth of July Menu Planning
Burgers and dogs. When it comes to Fourth of July celebrations, cooking out is pretty much a given. Burgers, hot dogs, buns, and basic condiments that you probably already have in your fridge. No worry about the timing on the food, just fire up the grill shortly after people start arriving.
Veggies and dip. Save time and grab pre-sliced veggies from the store or put the kids to work chopping (if they’re old enough, of course). You can make a dip using a ranch seasoning packet or make this white bean hummus if you’re feeling fancy (it’s still easy, I promise). Toss 2 15.8oz cans of great northern beans (drained), ¼ cup olive oil, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and about ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper (your taste may vary here) into a blender and pulse until mixed. Don’t over blend or you’ll wind up with soupy hummus. Just a few pulses should do it. I usually then add 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, though that does make it less kid-friendly, so that’s up to you.