Holiday Fun! | 7.1.13

The country’s birthday is in a week or so, and the patriotic colors will probably be all the rave for people who want to celebrate the 4th of July. This holiday is commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

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Celebrating the birthday of the country has grown into a big business when it comes to party decorations, and the colors are simply the colors of the United States…red, white, and blue.

These three colors have been placed on plates, cups, banners, cupcakes, and even people. Many of us have parties with friends and family. So here are some decoration and food ideas to have for your patriotic party.

Patriotic printables
Patriotic printables
Patriotic fans
Patriotic fans
Cotton candy + Red hots
Cotton candy + Red hots








Here are some cocktails that can go along with that family bbq or gathering.

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1/4 oz. Lucid Absinthe
1 oz. Blueberry Vodka
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
Splash of Lemon Juice
Drizzle of Raspberry Liqueur
Ginger beer
Fresh Blueberries

Muddle fresh blueberries and add syrup, Lucid, juice and vodka. Add ice and shake and pour into highball glass. Drizzle Liqueur and top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with one sugar cube.

4thjellymoldVariegated Jelly Shot Mold
Blue Layer
2 boxes berry blue gelatin dessert mix (3.1 oz)
1 1/2 cups water
2 envelope plain gelatin
1 cup flavored rum or vodka
Red Layer
2 boxes raspberry, strawberry or cherry gelatin dessert mix (3.1 oz)
1 1/2 cups water
2 envelope plain gelatin
1 cup flavored rum or vodka
White Layer
2 ¾ cups water
6 envelopes plain gelatin
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flavored rum or vodka
1/2 cup white crème de cacao (or white chocolate liqueur)
Lightly spray  bundt pan or gelatin mold (10 cup volume) with non stick cooking spray.  Wipe off the excess spray with a paper towel.  A slight residue should remain, just enough to help unmold your gelatin, without affecting the taste or appearance.
Have 9 clean bowls ready to prepare your layers.
Prepare the red and blue layers, in separate pans.  Pour the gelatin dessert mix into medium-sized bowls.  Pour the water in a small saucepan, and sprinkle each with the envelope of plain gelatin.  Allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Pour the warm water/gelatin mixture into the bowls containing the gelatin dessert mix.  Stir until dissolved (about 2 minutes each).  Remove from heat.  Pour in the liquor, and stir well.  Set aside and prepare the white gelatin.
For the white gelatin, pour the water into a saucepan and sprinkle with the 6 envelopes of plain gelatin.  Allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Stir in the sweetened condensed milk.  Remove from heat, and stir in the liquors.  Set aside.
Grab the 9 clean bowls, and prepare the layers by mixing gelatin as shown in the chart below.
1 ½ cups blue
2/3 cup blue & 1/3 cup white
1/3 blue & 2/3 white
1 cup white & 1 tbsp blue
1 cup white
1 cup white & 1 tbsp red
1/3 cup red & 2/3 cup white
2/3 cup red & 1/3 cup white
Remaining red gelatin
Add the first layer to the prepared mold.  refrigerate about 15 minutes or until gelatin is set but not firm (it should stick to finger when touched.)  Gently spoon the gelatin for the next layer over the set gelatin, and return the pan to the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.  As the layers progress, the setting time will become shorter as the pan and gelatin becomes colder, and the layers become thinner as more are added to the mold.
Repeat steps with remaining gelatin layers, for a total of 9 layers.  If you find the gelatin is setting up before its ready to go in the mold, just microwave for 5 to 10 seconds and stir well before adding to the mold. After completing all the layers, refrigerate the gelatin overnight.
To unmold, fill a larger container or clean sink with warm water (not too hot!).  With clean fingers, loosen the gelatin around the edges of the mold cavities.  Next, dip the mold almost to the edge into the warm water for just a few seconds (10 seconds worked for me). Dry the bottom of the mold with a towel and check the edges to see if they are loose, if not, repeat the dip for just a few seconds. Place your serving plate on top of the mold and invert.
Serves 24.
Working with three colors actually make planning a party pretty simple. Celebrating with family and friends means having fun and creating memories. So whatever you plan or do to commemorate the independence of the country, enjoy!
Have a safe and fun holiday!

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