If you're searching for a fun party food to bring as a Fourth of July gift, be a great guest and show up with something delicious. Here are some ideas on what you can bring that will look festive and be gobbled up by happy party goers.
Think fresh and sun-friendly. Since Fourth of July parties usually end up outside under the hot July sun, make sure your dish is not based in mayo or any other ingredient that could spoil easily. You want to bring something that will be fresh and won't wilt or melt before it's served. Show up with your dish in a pretty bowl with ice under it if it's perishable. At least that way you can stretch the life of it on the table.
Why not consider bringing a red, white, and blue fruit salad to the party? You can mix in some strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and of course some whipped cream for the white part.
Other red, white, or blue foods you can think of will also work for other types of savory or sweet "salads." A red Jell-O salad is always a good idea. Mix in blueberries or strawberries and whipped cream or yogurt for a thicker texture much like a parfait might be.
If you want to go the cupcake route, which is never a bad idea, try going with chocolate-cherry cupcakes! They are simple and easy. You'll already have the red with the cherry, and the white with the frosting, so you'll need to add in some sort of blue.
Add in some blueberries on the top or use blue cupcake liners to get the full red, white, and blue effect. If all else fails, make Fourth of July cookies or sugar cookies with white frosting, and blueberry and strawberry bits on top.
Ingredient note: Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.
Another tip: Out of buttermilk? You can make "sour milk" as a substitute: mix 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar to 1/2 cup nonfat milk! No one will ever know the difference.