Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Blue/Red Sprinkles

Cheap and Easy 4th Of July Dessert Recipes

Need to whip up a festive 4th of July dessert in a jiffy? Never fear! Poor Girl is here!

Here are some quick dessert ideas inspired by Martha Stewart (who else?) to get your guests in the patriotic spirit. And don’t worry, these desserts are truly ‘quick and easy’,  we’ve put a Poor Girl twist on the recipes to make sure they’re cheap, quick and no fuss!  You won’t find a cake in the likeness of Uncle Sam on this list!

Martha Stewart / Red Velvet Cupcakes with American Flags

Photo from Martha Stewart

Red Velvet Cupcakes with American Flags

With a box of Duncan Hines cake mix, cream cheese frosting and $1 store American flag toothpicks, you can create festive cupcakes in no time! Sorry Martha, we’re using the box!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Blue/Red Sprinkles

Photo from Martha Stewart

Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Blue/Red Sprinkles

How cute are these? Give your chocolate covered pretzels some 4th of July spirit with blue and red sprinkles. Placing them in a jar or wine glass can also help add to your table decor! Everyone loves an edible centerpiece.

Mixed Red & Blue Berry Bowl

Martha Stewart / Mixed Red & Blue Berry Bowl

Photo from Martha Stewart

Can it get any easier? No cooking, no chopping = quick festive fruit salad. Using only red and blue berries (blue berries, raspberries, strawberries…you get the hint) this fruit bowl is good for your waistline and your color theme!

Photos: www.marthastewart.com

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4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

4th Of July Punch


Need a 4th of July punch? Check out this recipe for cranberry punch with blueberries!

See recipe >>>

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Printable 4th of July Banner

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Just print, cut + hang! Download this adorable Stars & Stripes Patriotic Banner to print it at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. It’s an easy addition to any 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day or Patriotic themed celebration.

Comes with 10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like!

Colors: Red, white and blue

DIY Guide:

Supplies:

*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch
*String
*Tape

Steps:

1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle (10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like)
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White And Blue Punch Recipe

4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

Red, White & Blue Punch

Add a a little something extra to your BBQ this  4th of July! Try this easy Red, White & Blue punch recipe- perfect for a summer get together.

With cranberry juice and blueberries, this punch is as festive as it is delicious!

Ingredients:

    • 4 cups cranberry juice
    • 1 1/2 liters of vodka
    • 4 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 liters ginger ale
    • blueberries to garnish


Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale.
  2. Chill until serving time.
  3. Pour into punch bowl and add ginger ale

VIDEO: Red White And Blue Layered Drink Recipe

 

 

Watch our how-to video for a quick demo on how to get the layered effect in this red, white and blue layered drink. Instructions and quantities are listed below. Cheers!

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

SMALL BATCH / INDIVIDUAL DRINK RECIPE:

 

Ingredients:

 

Red= 

  • Hawaiian Punch OR
  • Cranberry Juice
  • *Mix alcohol here (optional, I use Vodka)

 

Blue =

  • Light blue Gatorade, watered down with any of these options….
  • Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water

 

White = Ice

Quantities:

 

  • Red drink & Vodka mix = 1/3
  • Blue drink (75%) & water or clear diet drink to dilute it (25%)= 1/3
  • Ice = 1/3

 

For this drink, I use thirds to make it easy. The amounts will vary depending on how many you’re making and the size of the glasses.

 

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

 

Instructions:

 

The key to this drink is the sugar levels. The more sugary drink will stay on the bottom and drink with less sugar will float to the top. Mix your alcohol in the red layer so the extra sugar will help keep it at the bottom. With the ice included, you’ll get the red, white and blue layered effect!

 

  1. In 1 cocktail shaker mix your desired red drink with alcohol if you’re using it. For 4 drinks, I use 6 shots of vodka and fill the rest of the cocktail shaker with cranberry juice or Hawaiian Punch
  2.  Pour red mixture in to empty glasses
  3.  Add ice so your cups are now 1/3 red, 1/3 ice. Use plenty of ice to act as a separator between the red and blue. Eventually the ice will float to the top.
  4.  In the 2nd cocktail shaker, mix 75% blue drink with 25% clear liquid, choices noted above
  5.  Pour blue drink SLOWLY directly over the ice to avoid mixing

 

*Garnish with American flag toothpicks, red or blue berries & enjoy!

 

 

 

LARGE BATCH / DRINK DISPENSER RECIPE:

 Ingredients:

  • Same as above

 

Quantities:

 

  • Red =  2 Liter or large bottle of cranberry or punch
  • Blue = 4 large light blue Gatorades, watered down 1/4 a liter of any of these options: Diet Sprite, Diet 7-Up, Soda Water, Plain Water
  • White = ice

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Same as above for small batch recipe
  2. Replace cocktail shakers with pitchers and pre-mix separately before pouring in to the dispenser
  3. Follow the same order – 1) red, 2) Ice 3) blue mix

 

Labor Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, Nautical, Red, White & Blue Banner

Print At Home Labor Day Banner

$1.99 On Our Etsy Shop!

$1.99 On Our Etsy Shop! Click image to buy & print

Just print, cut + hang! Download this adorable Stars & Stripes Patriotic Banner to print it at home. Each letter prints on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. It’s an easy addition to any Labor Day or Patriotic themed celebration.

Comes with 10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like!

Colors: Red, white and blue

DIY Guide:

Supplies:

*Printable banner (download after purchase)
*Hole punch
*String
*Tape

Steps:

1) Download + print the banner (print each page on 8.5 x 11 paper in color)
2) Cut out each triangle (10 triangles, print more copies to make it as long as you’d like)
3) Hole punch two holes at the top corners of each triangle
4) Measure + cut string so that it goes through all triangles with enough extra room on either side to hang
5) Run string through each hole and hang banner

4th of July Punch Recipe (Alcoholic)

4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

4th Of July Punch

Add a a little something extra to your BBQ this 4th of July! Try this easy 4th of July punch recipe, perfect for a summer get together.

With cranberry juice and blueberries, this punch is as festive as it is delicious!

Ingredients:

    • 4 cups cranberry juice
    • 1 1/2 liters of vodka
    • 4 cups pineapple juice
    • 2 liters ginger ale
    • blueberries to garnish


Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale.
  2. Chill until serving time.
  3. Pour into punch bowl and add ginger ale
Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl's Guide Chicago)

Red white and blue layered drink (Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago)

MORE 4TH OF JULY:

Cheap and Easy 4th Of July Dessert Recipes

Need to whip up a festive 4th of July dessert in a jiffy? Never fear! Poor Girl is here!

Here are some quick dessert ideas inspired by Martha Stewart (who else?) to get your guests in the patriotic spirit. And don’t worry, these desserts are truly ‘quick and easy’,  we’ve put a Poor Girl twist on the recipes to make sure they’re cheap, quick and no fuss!  You won’t find a cake in the likeness of Uncle Sam on this list!

Martha Stewart / Red Velvet Cupcakes with American Flags

Photo from Martha Stewart 

Red Velvet Cupcakes with American Flags

With a box of Duncan Hines cake mix, cream cheese frosting and $1 store American flag toothpicks, you can create festive cupcakes in no time! Sorry Martha, we’re using the box!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Blue/Red Sprinkles

Photo from Martha Stewart

Chocolate Covered Pretzels With Blue/Red Sprinkles

How cute are these? Give your chocolate covered pretzels some 4th of July spirit with blue and red sprinkles. Placing them in a jar or wine glass can also help add to your table decor! Everyone loves an edible centerpiece.

Mixed Red & Blue Berry Bowl

Martha Stewart / Mixed Red & Blue Berry Bowl

Photo from Martha Stewart

Can it get any easier? No cooking, no chopping = quick festive fruit salad. Using only red and blue berries (blue berries, raspberries, strawberries…you get the hint) this fruit bowl is good for your waistline and your color theme!

Photos: www.marthastewart.com

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4th of July Punch - Cranberry punch with blueberries

4th Of July Punch


Need a 4th of July punch? Check out this recipe for cranberry punch with blueberries!

See recipe >>>