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Pretty 4th of July Food

As you all know, this past weekend was a holiday - the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day! I hope everyone had an awesome holiday weekend!

The 4th of July offers lots of fun opportunities for themed decorations and dishes. Unfortunately, they are often so overdecorated that you end up leaving with stars spinning around your head like a cartoon character that's been hit with a shovel.

But a themed dish or table display can be a beautiful thing when it's done right. I think the key is less is more. Those beautiful, patriotic dishes definitely have "Wow!" factor, and really, you only need a few. Too many crowded together and your "Wow!" gets lost in the crowd.

Here are some elegant Independence Day recipes I would be proud to serve at any 4th of July event!


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Very patriotic and elegant at the same time.  
I would absolutely serve this dish.

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This festive parfait is a great example of simple, delicious AND pretty!

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An elegant alternative to the same 'ol, same 'ol cupcakes with red, white and blue sprinkles.  I’d finish these off with just a few white star garnishes on top. 

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Tasteful decoration, star shapes and skewers take the usual “big pan o’ flag” rice krispy treats from ubiquitous to unique.

Did you dress up your dishes for 4th of July? What’s your favorite red, white and blue style?

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