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Noah's Ark Baby Shower

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Noah's Ark Baby Shower

Ideas For A Noah's Ark Baby Shower

One of the most popular choices for showers, a Noah's Ark baby shower is both fun to plan and attend! If Mom is expecting a bouncing baby boy she plans to name Noah, if she is an animal lover, or if she is planning to decorate the nursery in an ark theme, the choice of this shower theme is a no brainer. If Mom is expecting twins, the Noah's Ark two by two concept works great as well!

In this post, I give you ideas for the invitations, baby shower food, decorations, gifts and even baby shower party favors for your guests.

Throw the best Noah's Ark baby shower ever by following some of these tips! Your guests will be talking about how much fun they had for months to come.

Noah's Ark Themed Invitations

Noah's Ark Baby Shower

For the invitations, you have several options and your choice will most likely be influenced by your budget and time schedule. If you are throwing an upscale shower and you are running a bit short on time, the best option will likely be fully customized invitations that have an ark theme such as the Noah's ark baby shower invitations shown in the photograph. This type of invite can be customized with all of the shower details and will arrive at your doorstep ready for mailing.

The second more affordable option are the fill-in type invites that feature a Noah's Ark design on the outside and then blank lines on the inside where you must hand-write all the shower details such as the time, date, location, RSVP information, etc. While these invitations are more affordable, the process is much more time consuming as you must write the details inside each and every invite... this can take a long time for large showers.

Finally, if you are crafty and have some time on your hands, creating your very own one-of-a-kind baby shower invitations is a great option. You can create them on the computer using a program like MS publisher with clip art to achieve the desired Noah's ark theme.

Alternatively, you can use construction paper or brown paper bags along with your creativity to make ark-shaped invitations with all the shower details. In either case, you can look around online for a clever verse to put on the invites. For twins, consider something like:

"All creatures large and small came two by two and so are [mommy-to-be's name]'s little two! Please join us for a twins baby shower!"

Noah's Ark Tableware & Decor

Noah's Ark Baby Shower

Many online shops and party supply stores sell Noah's Ark themed shower supplies. However you can also create many decorations on your own that tie in perfectly with this baby shower theme. For instance, gather up all the stuffed animals in your home (and ask your friends for their animals too) and then place them all around the shower area in pairs (remember the two by two concept especially if the shower is for twins). You can also use pairs of animal balloons and pairs of cardboard animal cut-outs that you either buy or make yourself all around the room and on the walls.

Buy additional latex balloons and streamers that tie in with the color scheme of the party. I suggest that you buy at least a few of the many Noah's ark themed tableware supplies such as plates and/or napkins and then use those items as inspiration for the party color scheme. The Noah's Ark baby shower tableware shown in the photograph is available on our website!

I found instructions for creating some adorable animal-balloons with faces made of tissue paper at MarthaStewart.com. They would be perfect for a Noah's Ark themed shower.

For table centerpieces, how about cutting out cardboard and forming it to create a boat/ark shape? You can fill it with snacks and/or small toy animals (in sets of two of course). Another centerpiece option is a Noah's Ark themed diaper cake that is constructed mostly of size 1 brand name diapers... what Mom wouldn't love getting diapers as a gift?? The great thing about diaper cakes is that they do double-duty as the shower gift and centerpiece.

Noah's Ark Food Ideas

Noah's Ark Baby Shower

Use these creative food and dessert ideas to tie in the Noah's Ark theme! No shower is complete without a bowl of punch for guests to drink. Rainbow colors are the perfect choice so why not try this Rainbow Punch recipe.

Rainbow Punch Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon rainbow sherbet
  • 2 liter bottle of Sprite, ginger ale or 7-up
  • 2 cups pineapple juice

Directions:

Chill juice and soda prior to mixing. In a large punch bowl, mix together the juice and soda, then add sherbet in one large block just before the party starts. Makes 25 servings. Don't forget to float a plastic boat in the punch bowl too!

Photo Credit: iniquity2 on Flickr

Use animal-shaped baby cookie cutters to cut sandwiches, cheese slices, pizza and jello jigglers into various animal shapes. Don't forget to put bowls of animal crackers on the side tables as well as the buffet table for guests to snack on throughout the party.

Another great idea from creative baby shower ideas is to create an 'ark' out of a watermelon and then fill it with cut-up fruit. Be sure to add some plastic toy animals around the ark for a fun presentation. What a creative centerpiece on your buffet table!!

Having a Noah's Ark themed cake like the one shown in the photo to the right or the one shown in the photo below constructed using a Wilton Cake pan are both excellent ways to tie the theme in with the dessert. Another fantastic option is to create an array of cupcakes in various animal designs and place them on a platter or in a large cardboard constructed ark for display at the party. Remember to make 2 cupcakes in every animal design as shown in the photo below. Some excellent animal cupcake choices are lions, elephants, monkeys, panda bears, hippos, frogs, ducks, tigers, zebras, etc. Making all these cupcakes can be a lot of work, but they sure look great at Noah's Ark baby showers!

Noah's Ark Cake Idea

Noah's Ark Baby Shower
Image by Wilton.com

Wilton has done it again with this fun-shaped cake that is perfect for baby showers! Get detailed instructions on how to build this exact Noah's Ark Cake by clicking here.

Safari Cake Instructional Video

Baby Shower Game Ideas

Here are just a few of my favorite Baby Shower Game Ideas...

Animal Babies Game - You can either buy this game online by clicking here or you can create your own version on a computer. I recommend that you buy some Noah's Ark themed paper to print the game or create the game in a program like Microsoft Publisher so that you can add animal and Noah's Ark clip art around the game. Basically, you list animals with blank lines next to them where guests must fill in what the baby of that particular animal is called. The guest that fills in the most correct answers in a timed 3 minute period wins the prize. For example, a baby lion is called a cub. Here are some animals along with the baby names:

Alligator ~ hatchling

Bear ~ cub

Beaver ~ kitten or pup

Cat ~ kitten

Cow ~ calf

Coyote ~ pup or whelp

Deer ~ fawn

Dog ~ puppy

Donkey ~ foal

Duck ~ duckling

Eagle ~ eaglet

Eel ~ elver

Elephant ~ calf

Fish ~ fry

Fox ~ kit, cub or pup

Frog ~ tadpole, polliwog

Giraffe ~ calf

Goat ~ kid

Goose ~ gosling

Horse ~ colt

Hummingbird ~ chick

Kangaroo ~ joey

Lion ~ cub

Llama ~ cria

Monkey ~ infant

Owl ~ owlet

Panda ~ cub

Penguin ~ chick

Pig ~ piglet, shoat, farrow

Platypus ~ puggle

Racoon ~ cub

Sheep ~ lamb

Skunk ~ kit

Spider ~ spiderlet

Swan ~ cygnet

Turkey ~ poult

Turtle ~ hatchling

Whale ~ calf

Animal Charades or Pictionary - Use the above animal list and write them on small index cards. Break the guests into teams of 3 or 4 people and have each group taking turns acting out or drawing the animal name on the index card (one player from the team acts/draws and the rest of the team guesses). Time each round for 1 minute. If no one from the team guesses the correct answer, the other teams can steal by yelling out the correct answer. Play as many rounds as you like. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.

Two by Two Icebreaker Game - This game provides a great way to get your guests talking to one another and mingling. There is nothing worse at showers then friends, family and in-laws that just sit in their own little groups with no one talking to each other. You will need to buy or use pairs of animals to give guests so make sure that you have as many animals as you do guests prior to the shower. As guests arrive at the shower, hand them each an animal telling them that they need to find their animal pair and that they need to find out everything they can about the person. Give them about 5 minutes to mingle and find their pairs. Then ask guests to introduce their partner (and tell what they learned about them) to the rest of the guests. Don't forget to have a personalized baby shower banner at the door to welcome your guests as well!

How Big is Mom's Ark? - A twist on the classic how big is mommy's tummy game. Have some yarn, toilet paper or string on hand and ask each guest to cut/tear off as much as they think it will take to wrap around mommy's mid-section. Then have each guest use their measuring device. The guest that is closest to mommy's tummy/ark size wins the prize.

Noah's Ark Baby Shower Favors

Noah's Ark Baby Shower

Matching favor ideas for you shower

Since Noah's Ark themed showers are so popular, you can find many online companies that sell favors that fit the theme perfectly. As shown in the photograph above, personalized candy bar wrappers, Noah's ark personalized baby shower mint tins and containers of lip balm can be customized with things like the mom-to-be's name and the shower date. Since these favors are personalized, they add an extra special touch to your party favors. You can also find things like animal-shaped soaps and Noah's ark shaped baby shower candles that come in little gift boxes so that you can hand them to guests. Buying favors is an excellent option when you are short on time and want elegant favors with a custom touch.

Some great do-it-yourself ideas are animal shaped notepads with matching pencils, animal shaped chocolates that you either buy or make yourself using candy molds, animal-shaped key chain favors, boxes of animal crackers where you tie a ribbon and matching personalized hang tag, or small beanie baby animals.

You could also place things like mini animal-shaped soaps, candles, or gummy bears in clear cellophane bags or small baby bottles to give your guests as favors.

Noah's Ark Baby Shower Gifts

Noah's Ark Baby Shower

Give the new Mom a matching theme Baby Gift

There are so many baby shower gift options for a Noah's Ark themed shower... especially if Mom plans to decorate the nursery with that same theme. You can find many companies that sell just about anything you can think of for a nursery in a Noah's Ark theme including the bedding set, lamps, wall art, rugs and more.

Even if Mom isn't necessarily doing a Noah's Ark nursery, you can still find gifts that tie in perfectly with the shower theme such as those shown in the above photograph. Baby Einstein Baby Shower has an entire line of products centered around the Noah theme such as Baby Noah World Animals board book and the Touch and Feel Discovery Cards. Plush Noah's Ark animal gift sets that are appropriate for babies are also available. And what Mom wouldn't love an ark-shaped photo frame where she can proudly display a photo of her twin babies!

Finally, consider stuffed animals as gifts for the shower. Just make sure that they are made for children so that they have been inspected for choking hazards. And if Mom has two little ones on the way, buy two of each animal and your gift is sure to be a hit at the twins baby shower!

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Summer Time, Party Time!

Fourth of July Party Ideas

It's hot out, you're feeling festive; what could be more fun than throwing a July 4th party?

It's summer, everyone's in a party mood and usually, there's time off from work for people to relax a little longer and enjoy themselves. Make your party the best ever with these exceptionally festive Fourth of July party ideas.

Image courtesy of Rubbermaid Products on Flickr

Party Colors

Go Crazy

Choose a color scheme for all your decor and food. The logical choice is red, white, and blue for the celebration of America's flag, but you're not limited to this palate. Go with just red or just baby blue if you like. You can even go purple, yellow, and green to emulate fireworks. Go wild and make it festive, most likely everyone will wear some sort of red, white and blue anyways!

Food Ideasfourth of july cake pops

Keep it Simple

Next, select your menu based on foods that are easy and fun to eat. Remember, it's going to be July, so you don't want to serve foods that may spoil easily like mayo based salads. Try to stick with foods that you can bring out and that will be gobbled up so they don't sit.

Secondly, don't forget the desserts! People have some serious sweet tooth cravings in the summer, so be sure to cater to that! Some tasty Independence Day cookies look great on a table, and taste great too! Or if you want more simple treats, try Rice Krispy Bars, Brownies or a Rhubarb Cake. They will all certainly be enjoyed!

Affordable Fourth of July Foods

Clam Bake

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Yum it up!

One fantastic way to encourage guests to interact and have a great time is to have a clam bake. You can order clam bakes from local grocery stores. Often, the fish department will put them together for you. You can also order them online from companies who specialize in this sort of party food. Tell them how many people you anticipate and they'll send you the food packed in a cooler of dry ice. You cook it when it arrives.

Image by arnold | inuyaki on Flickr

Items in a standard clam bake include lobsters, crab, clams, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Other items like sausage are often included. You can easily put together your own clam bake and spare some expense. You'll just need a way to cook the foods. This can be done in metal pails or cans (be sure they're clean and fire safe) that you find at the hardware store. Or you can do a crab and fish boil in a pot on an open flame or outdoor gas grill. Cook the corn on the cob and potatoes on the grill as well.

Purchase extra food baskets for guests to bring home leftovers. It'll be the gift that keeps giving!

Fourth of July PartywareFourth of July Party Ideas

Keep it festive!

Make your whole party festive by offering a casual yet festive atmosphere. Tie up plastic cutlery in red and white checkered cloth napkins and place them all in a cheap gift basket, there's no need to get something expensive. Any old basket will do! Guests can grab their own utensils all at once, and they will have a sturdy napkin for their laps as well! It's a great plan for an outdoor setting.

Drinks

Be Glass-Free

Keep drinks flowing by offering a cooler full of sodas, water, beer, and wine. Use cheerful plastic wine goblets that you can buy at the dollar store. That way there's no glass that can accidentally break or that you have to wash. And if you anticipate children, be sure to have a little cooler with juice boxes as well. They will think it's so cool that they get their own cooler of goodies.

Stick With Basics

Fourth of July Party Ideas

Easy & Fun

The simpler you keep your party, the more fun everyone-including you-will have. Keep bug spray and citronella candles on hand so tiny pests don't ruin the outdoor fun. If you have a beach location, great. But if you don't, you can still put hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and have a great time. Make it a 1950s theme and have all retro decor from plastic plates to napkins and tablecloths. You can find everything you need online.

Image by US Mission Canada on Flickr

Have a ball this July 4th. It's one holiday that celebrates the summer which flies by all too fast. Take lots of photos so you can remember your awesome party next year when you go to plan the festivities. And don't forget to send guests off with a little Fourth of July gift or festive party favors. They'll remember your party for years to come!

Need Game Ideas? How about Gladiator!

Fourth of July Party Ideas
Image by Fort Meade on Flickr

Sweet 16 Party Game Ideas

Sweet 16 Party Game Ideas

Give It Personality

Sweet 16 Party Game Ideas

Depending on your daughter's personality, you'll want to include games that suit her and her friends for her Sweet 16. You need not go overboard, as your decorations, food, and their friendships will make the party a success, but it's fun to include games and give out prizes. The prizes can be as simple as a dollar store trinket or as elaborate as a cd, dvd or gift card.

Image courtesy of liquene on Flickr

Charades

Act Out

You can always include a game of charades where girls have to act things out for prizes. Make it more personal by writing up a set of cards with the actions that include favorites of the birthday girl.

You might make someone act like a pampered Chihuahua if your daughter loves them or have them mimic your daughter's favorite singer or movie. Make the prizes fun like small gift baskets or gift certificates to stores the kids like or inexpensive earrings or bracelets.

Ring of Fire - Game of Balance

Sweet 16 Party Game Ideas

Board Games

Play Nice

You've probably saved some of your daughter's favorite board games from when she was younger. Set up card tables with a few easy-to-play games and have girls rotate who plays where.

Image by Greencolander on Flickr

Set a timer and make it more exciting. When the timer goes off, the girls switch and have to take on the seat to their left. Include games that are meant for younger children.

The girls will get a kick out of it and it will bring back good memories for your birthday girl. Don't forget to find some fun sweet 16 party favors to hand out to the winners!

Some games to consider include: Chutes and Ladders, Scrabble, Sorry, Monopoly, Life, Girl Talk, Blokus, Rummy and more. Ask your daughter beforehand if she has any favorite board games that she'd prefer to play that night. Odds are, she still has a favorite that she'd love to have an excuse to play with her friends.

Scavenger Hunt

Find Glam

Add flair to the game of scavenging. Instead of having girls just go out with a list of objects to find, create something that matches your theme. If you're having a princess theme, create a page from a storybook written with old English type. Hide objects that have a princess feel-bracelets, tiaras, fake oversized diamond rings-and let the girls keep what they find. You can adjust this for any theme or types of personalized favors that you want.

Personal Trivia

Question & Answer

Before the party, ask your daughter's friends to come up with trivia questions about her. You can suggest that they write them down on index cards and bring them to the party.

They can ask her about favorite movies, kids at school, brands of clothing, favorite song or music, favorite foods, favorite mall or store, etc. For the girl who gets the most right, offer a fun prize such as a themed gift basket based on the question asked.

Another Game on Video

Pop the Balloon

Find the Prize

There are so many things you can hide inside a balloon for a fun surprise. Place pieces of paper inside before you blow up the balloons that include numbers or clues to a game. Have the girls pop them to discover the clue to a mystery or something you've hidden around the house. Have numbers correspond to wrapped sweet 16 party favors you've prepared on a gift table. Or include little trinkets inside the balloons for girls to discover.

Place the balloons in a container that matches your theme. For a princess theme, you could have them all arranged in a decorated carriage made out of cardboard or for an undersea theme, you could have the balloons in a small boat.

Dance Contest

Dance, Dance, Revolution

Sweet 16 Party Game Ideas

Girls love to dance, so why not make a contest of it? See who can dance the longest without stopping. Add some bling to the action by giving them light-up glow sticks or bracelets and turn on a disco ball. Of course, you'll want to give out a prize to the winner. A gift card for music downloads is a great idea.

Runway Style

Walk It Out

Gather from friends or a thrift store as many shiny baubles and jewelry, shoes, dresses, hats and scarves as you can find. The wackier the better.

Goodwill is a nice source for old prom gowns and other fun castoffs. Hang them on hangers and put the smaller items in baskets. Include some inexpensive makeup and brushes, rollers or curling irons. Let the girls go wild dressing up.

Image by facemepls on Flickr

Then, when they're all prettied up, you can stage a fashion show where you take pictures for them to remember the event. Give lessons on walking a catwalk, applying makeup, or accessorizing. The girls will love the attention. You might even want to videotape the event and email each girl a copy to keep.

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Host An Amazing Owl Themed Baby Shower!

Owl Baby Shower IdeasNaturally themed baby showers are becoming increasingly popular, and one of the most popular new ideas is to incorporate owls into the theme. Whether Mom-to-be loves owls or you're just looking for the perfect way to do something a bit different, an owl baby shower is the way to go.

Keep in mind that in many cases, word play will be the name of the game. From banners reading "Baby Whoooo?" to invitations that use an owl's signature call, many of your cutest decorations and accents will probably incorporate at least a little word play. Here are a few ideas that will help you cover every aspect of the upcoming shower.

Owl Baby Shower Invitations

There are so many cute ideas for invitation designs with an owl theme. An invitation in the shape of a hoot owl would be adorable. Just place your text below the owl's large eyes for maximum effect.

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

You could also create one in the shape of a large tree with the text on the tree's trunk and an owl or two in the branches of the actual tree. You may even want to create one in the shape of a nest with a mommy and baby owl inside. This is a great gender-neutral theme, or you can make the baby owl pink or blue to reveal the gender to your guests!

If Mommy is expecting multiples, feel free to put more than one baby owl on the branch next to Mom. . You may want to incorporate some of the word play in the invitation's text. Things like "You'll never believe Hoooo's coming soon" or "Guess Whoooo's Expecting," will all fit nicely with an owl baby shower theme.

A quick and easy invitation option is to buy your invites online. Many online retailers sell either fully customized invites with all of the shower information printed on the theme or invitation you choose or fill-in invitations where you simply add all the details prior to sending them to guests. The fill-in baby shower invitations shown in the photograph to the right are available from All About Gifts & Baskets.

Owl Baby Shower Tableware & Decorations

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

There are so many fun ways to decorate for this theme. As you did with the invitations, you may want to stick with the natural colors or colors that match your tableware pattern for the decorations. In fact, you may want to stay as natural as possible, incorporating some of your cartoon owl images where you can.

One great decorative idea is to use tree branches, instead of flowers, as your table centerpiece. Place them in a vase, just as you would fresh flowers, and you've achieved a perfect owl home inside. You could also create a paper tree on the wall, then hang your name tags from the branches. As each guest comes in, she can sign the guestbook, then grab her name tag from the tree. This would be extra cute if you cut the name tags in the shape of leaves.

Another idea is to make a nest of streamers in the right colors, then place an owl mylar balloon in the middle. If you want to get really creative, find a smaller owl mylar balloon to place next to it so Mommy and baby can sit in your "nest" together. You could also make a mobile in the shape of a tree. Owl cutouts can sit right on the branches.

For the tableware, you may want to stick with the colors you established in the invitation. Various shades of brown with a hint of pink or blue will look nice, as will darker shades of ivory. There are lots of cute owl decorations and cheap baby shower tableware options available from various online outlets too. From banners and hanging cutouts to great tablecloths and even plates and cups, many of these options will only serve to enhance your theme.

Hanging Felt Owl Decorations

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Photo Courtesy of Southern Belles Charm. Visit their blog for lots of cute ideas and instructions.

Owl Party Food Ideas

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Creative food ideas for this theme are all around you. Instead of a traditional cake design, create a cake in the shape of a tree. Place your owls on the branches. You could also create a cupcake cake, or a cake made from many different cupcakes with one solid design. The tree theme fits really well with this type of cake, but you could also make it into the shape of an owl. You'll probably also be serving snacks, and one perfect snack is owl shaped cake pops. These creatively designed items are simply cake and icing mixed together, then formed into the shape of an owl. You could also bake and make decorated sugar cookies into the shape of an owl.

Photo from Hungry Happenings

Another creative snack idea is owl cupcakes. Start with a chocolate cupcake, then use half an Oreo for the eyes. Place the cream side up. Add a Junior Mint to the center for the pupil. You could even use a Runts banana for the nose. Then just add some icing to the top for ears and feathers, and you have the perfect owl cupcake. See the Youtube video below for step-by-step instructions for creating some cute owl cupcakes.

Consider making haystack no bake cookies, too. They look like tiny nests, and you could put little fondant owls inside. To make them, melt butterscotch chips in a double boiler. Add two cups of chow mein noodles, and stir gently. Remove from heat, and drop by spoonful onto wax paper, arranging then into a nest shape as you go. Let them cool until they're set.

Owl Baby Shower Cake Ideas

How To Make Owl Cupcakes - Easy & Adorable!!

Baby Shower Game Ideas

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Legend has it that owls are very wise, and playing off that theme during your games is a great way to make sure everyone is having fun. Consider having each person write down a bit of advice for the mother-to-be as they come through the door. As an ice-breaker, these tidbits could be read aloud.

Another fun game to play is "Guess Whoooo's the Baby." Have each guest bring a picture of herself as a baby. Number them, then post them for everyone can see. Have your guests try to figure out which picture belongs with which guest.

You could also play "Who Are You?" Blindfold the guest of honor, then have another guest say "Who." See if Mommy-to-be can guess who is speaking. Then blindfold that guest and see if they can guess "who" the caller is.

Finally, you can find owl-themed printable baby shower games online. Simply buy, click and play.

Owl Baby Shower Favors

There are some clever baby shower favor ideas that you can have your guests to take home with them. Consider creating an owl face on the front of a Mason jar. Felt eyes and a nose along with some feathers at the top should do it. Fill the jar with treats like chocolate covered pretzels, peanuts, or even brown M & M's. Clear baby bottles would work just as well.

Another option is to offer a natural treat to take home like homemade granola. Give guests a small bag to fill from the flavor options on the table, then they can select what they like best. Just be sure to give the bag a design that works well with your theme.

Owl Baby Shower Gifts

Owl Baby Shower Ideas

Tie the owl theme into the unique baby shower gifts with some of these fun ideas. Consider giving books. It could help them become as wise as that old owl. There are even many great children's stories that incorporate an owl, including Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and The Sleepy Owl by Martin Pfister. A stuffed owl makes a great gift, and there are many handcrafted custom choices available at sites like eBay and Etsy.

Another beautiful choice would be a newborn cap that looks like an owl. With large eyes and ears at the top, the new baby will look every inch the theme you worked so hard to create. We even sell little baby owl outfits and personalized baby blankets like the ones shown above.

4th of July Party Food Ideas

4th of July Party Food Ideas

Getting Festive With It

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.

Red, White & Blue

Fruit Salad

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.

4th of July Party Food Ideas

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.

Fourth of July Dessert - Frozen Lime Cheesecake

Independence Day Cupcakes

Red, White & Blue

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.

Betty's Fourth of July

Strawberry-Blueberry Parfait Recipe

4th of July Party Food IdeasIngredients

  • 3/4 cup(s) whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note)
  • 3/4 cup(s) cake flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) unsweetened
  • cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 3/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup(s) canola oil.1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup(s) nonfat buttermilk (see Tip)
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) chopped pitted cherries fresh or frozen (thawed and drained)
  • 12 fresh cherries with stems for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cream Cheese Frosting
  2. 6 ounce(s) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchtel), at room temperature
  3. 1/2 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
  4. 1 cup(s) confectioners' sugar, packed
  5. To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350F. Line 12 (1/2-cup) muffin cups with paper liners.
  6. Whisk whole-wheat flour, cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  7. Beat granulated sugar and oil in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. With the mixer on low, alternately mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk, starting and ending with dry ingredients and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until just combined. Fold in chopped cherries until just combined. Divide the batter among the prepared cups (they will be full).
  8. Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 22 to 26 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  9. To prepare frosting: Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, sour cream, and confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate the frosting until very cold, about 2 hours. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes and decorate with a cherry on top, if desired.
  10. Exchanges: 3 carbohydrates (other), 2 fat. Carbohydrate Servings: 3

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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.

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