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by Ruby Lane

How much more American can we get!  Well, try not only serving the food at 4th of July gatherings on patriotic place settings, but dress for the role, and serve red, white, and blue food.  Here are five cool ideas that are so neat they’re hot!

‌Red, White, and Blue Cuisine and Dishes Born for the Fourth of July‌

1.    Serve Bomb Pops for dessert positioned on classic red Fiestaware plates:  Bomb Pops, red, white, and blue popsicles shaped like weaponry have been an American staple for over 62 years.  Bomb Pops are the creation of James S. Merritt and D.S. Abernethy who came up with the idea in Kansas City, Missouri, July 30, 1955. If you want to make your own, check out this article for homemade Bomb Pop inspired treats!

Serve Bomb Pops for dessert positioned on classic red Fiestaware plates

2.    If frozen treats aren’t your thing, try a poke cake.  One terrific recipe involves white cake laced with strawberry or cherry Jell-O and frosted with whipped cream.  The top of the cake, which is usually baked in a rectangular pan, is decorated with blueberries and sliced strawberries to look like the American flag.  Serve on ruby glass, vintage plates, or Depression glass plates in shades of blue or crystal clear. BettyCrocker.com has a great recipe for strawberry poke cake.

Serve on ruby glass, vintage plates, or Depression glass plates in shades of blue or crystal clear.
Red, White and Blue Poke Cake via BettyCrocker.com (Click for recipe!)

Red, White and Blue Poke Cake via BettyCrocker.com (Click for recipe!)

3.    Red, White and Blue Slaw is a great recipe for Pinterest that would look amazing served in vintage serving pieces that feature the flag or patriotic scenes from The American Revolution.  Look for dishes that feature the American eagle, presidents, Betsy Ross, The Statute of Liberty, or Martha Washington.  The slaw recipe consists of blueberries, apples, and red peppers as well as cabbage slaw.  The recipe comes from Sammi {Grounded and Surrounded Blog}.

via Grounded and Surrounded Blog - click for recipe!

via Grounded and Surrounded Blog – click for recipe!

4.    Take out your antique glassware, pitchers, tumblers, and ice cream dishes.  Fill them with red and blue Kool-Aid ice cubes floating in Sprite or 7-Up, and 4th of July Sangria drinks. Vintage Viking glass tumblers come in red and blue, and milk glass pieces fit patriotic themes very well.

Take out your antique glassware, pitchers, tumblers, and ice cream dishes. Fill them with red and blue Kool-Aid ice cubes floating in Sprite or 7-Up, and 4th of July Sangria drinks. Vinta

5.    Dress the part when you serve these treats.  Wear red, white, and blue milliners’ flowers in your hair, or combine red and white roses with bachelor buttons or blue hydrangeas.  Flag printed vintage clothing and flag jewelry are very popular.  Look also for hostess aprons and barbecue aprons in patriotic themes and flag prints.

Vintage 1960's Dress

Vintage 1960’s Dress

Statue of Liberty Charm Bracelet

Statue of Liberty Charm Bracelet

Glass Eye Studio Paperweight Old Glory

Glass Eye Studio Paperweight Old Glory

Libbey Set Patriotic Stars and Stripes Glass Tumblers in Caddy

Libbey Set Patriotic Stars and Stripes Glass Tumblers in Caddy

Don’t forget to dress up your table, either, with red, white, and blue linens, vintage salt and pepper shakers, and serving pieces.   Dept. 56 made interesting 4th of July pieces that are now vintage, including a tiny, very detailed fireworks stand.

Uncle Sam became the United States’ nickname in 1813, just after The War of 1812, which inspired The Star Spangled Banner.  According to History.com, Sam Wilson was a meat packer who supplied beef to the U.S. Army.  The name “Uncle Sam” was linked to him because the food he supplied was called “Uncle Sam’s grub.” Now you know “the rest of the story.”  Wave those sparklers, wave the flag, and take out those patriotic dolls.

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