No matter what your plans are for a summer holiday weekend, it's safe to assume there's going to be some delicious fare and refreshments involved. And if you're headed to a gathering of friends and family, you may be tasked with bringing a dish. If you don't have a classic summer go-to on your roster, fear not. We've got you covered. Whether you prefer a bratwurst or a bowl of pasta salad, get ready to dive in. This list, compiled by the West Michigan Woman team, is full of summer shareables to please any crowd!
Often, the first thing people reach for at a party are the drinks. A favorite of Marketing Coordinator, Sophia Schulte is a Smirnoff Red White and Blue Firecracker Party Drink. However, she puts her own personal twist on things. All you need is vodka, curacao, grenadine and lemonade (with pop rocks candy for the rim, if you feel like being adventurous).
"The recipe is for a cocktail, but I add ice to make it a slushee!" Schulte said. "It's my favorite because it reminds me of the red white and blue popsicles I used to have growing up, but now for adults!"
For the hosts among us, consider a fun themed basket or party favors—something Marketing Coordinator, Jasa West, loves receiving at any holiday.
"My boyfriend's mom always gives us and other family and friends the cutest little baskets for holidays!" West said. "She is a super mom!"
Get inspired and choose treats like Cracker Jacks, Rice Krispy Treats, handheld sparklers and more. If you love coordinating items and planning something extra special for your gatherings, a themed basket is truly a home run.
For Managing Editor, Sarah Suydam, the Fourth of July has always been a special celebration, as it's also her father's birthday.
"Every year since I was a kid, we make him an angel food cake with cool whip and blueberry and strawberry toppings," she said. "These days, the cake itself is store bought, but we still do our own decorations and it's a hit every year. The birthday candles always add a nice touch."
The best part? Nobody minds if it's a bit messy.
Written by Sarah Suydam, Managing Editor for West Michigan Woman.
Photo courtesy of Jasa West