4th of July Menu That's Fun to Make & Eat

It's the weekend before Independence Day, so you're likely trying to get whatever plans you have for the Fourth squared away. Have you thought about your menu yet? If you're having people over, you probably have--or maybe you're still working out all the details.

 Summer Items from Karma Kiss

Don't fret, though; finger foods are on this menu: easy to make, fun and easy to eat, and an incredible looking cake that will leave everyone impressed.

Cheese Ball Bites

Your table can look like a star if you serve these alongside your normal veggie tray and chips, and they're super tasty.

Mini Ranch Bacon Cheese Ball Bites from I Heart Naptime

What You'll Need:

  • Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Spices of Your Choice (salt, pepper, garlic recommended!)
  • Finely chopped nuts, bacon bits, and/or fresh herbs


  1. Combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and seasonings. 
  2. Form into small balls (about the size of a meatball).
  3. Refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Roll balls in nuts, bacon bits, or herbs.

You can serve these alone on toothpicks, alongside crackers, or use a pretzel stick to make it a complete all-in-one bite.

Pigs in a Quilt

This recipe from Delish looks like art and tastes like everyone's favorite pigs in a blanket. It's a little more complicated than its simpler cousin, but surprisingly easier than you might think. And, of course, it tastes great!

What You'll Need:

  • Refrigerated French Bread Dough
  • Hot Dogs
  • Salt (optional)


  1. Roll out the dough & cut into strips.
  2. Weave dough around hot dogs to form the "quilt."
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
  4. Cut & Serve!

Serve with mustard and ketchup or any other condiments you like for dipping.

Brownies on a Stick

How can you possibly make a brownie better? Well, apparently you can put it on a stick and cover it in melted chocolate. Mmmm, yup, that might just be better.

Blondie Sticks from Better Homes & Gardens

What You'll Need:

  • Brownies cut into strips or squares (make them yourself or buy them, no one needs to know!).
  • Popsicle sticks, skewers, or large lollipop sticks.
  • Melting chocolate
  • Sprinkles


    1. Put each brownie on one of your sticks or skewers.
    2. Melt the chocolate.
    3. Dip each brownie in the melted chocolate, as much or as little as you want.
    4. Lay on a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
    5. Add sprinkles!
    6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    You can experiment with this by mixing up the types of brownies and melted chocolates that you use. Don't be afraid to play with your food!

    Bonus: American Flag Cake

    This takes a bit more effort, but if you're looking for a way to show off some patriotic table art, this is the way to do it.

    This multi-layered flag cake requires cake mix, food coloring, frosting, and sugar sprinkles for the decoration, but if you're in it to win it, you'll love the result.

    Cutting open a cake that looks like a flag on the outside and the inside? What's not to like about that!

    Whatever you decide to do and make on your Independence Day, the goal is to celebrate the country and the people we're here with--especially the ones you like the most. Enjoy your holiday!


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