we have featured a lot of great fourth of july content this last week to get us in a festive mood for independence day. sunday, i featured my favorite outfits and recipes from past fourth of july’s. last week’s fridays with oscar featured this year’s decor and recipes for pies – a perfect dessert for the fourth. today we are continuing the celebration with festive red white and blue for the fourth. we have the firecracker cocktail and a light appetizer that’s packed with summer flavor.
outfit of the day
we are festive and patriotic today! i have paired blue striped sailor shorts with a red tie neck top (similar here and here). the side tie on the neckline of this sleeveless top adds just the right amount sophistication to what would otherwise be a basic sleeveless top. to tie it all together, i have my red thong sandals (similar here and here).
these shorts are old but here are a few similar options:
front porch decor for the fourth
red white and blue accent pillows keep my rockers looking festive.
melon, mozzarella and prosciutto skewers
this appetizer is so easy, requires no cooking and is so fresh and flavorful. it’s a no-recipe appetizer that you can customize to fit your taste! these skewers have cantaloupe, marinated mozzarella pearls, slices of prosciutto and a fresh basil leaf. each skewer gets one of each, then top it off with a second piece of melon. you could also use peaches, in place of melon. or honeydew. either way, the sweetness of the fruit goes so nicely with the salty prosciutto. to top off the platter, i drizzled some balsamic glaze. easy-peasy.
Kate Spade Charlotte Street tidbit plates and serveware in navy fits perfectly for fourth of july table decor. the oblong platter is no longer available in navy stripes, but there is alternative pattern in navy.
this cocktail is based on a cocktail from the Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. it’s a layered cocktail that has red, white (clear) and blue layers.
- 2 oz cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 oz blue curacao
- 1.5 oz raspberry flavored vodka
- 2 0z club soda or flavored seltzer, like lemon
pour the cranberry juice into a highball glass. then fill the glass with ice. slowly, over the back of a spoon, pour in the blue curacao. then repeat with the vodka and the soda.
i substituted cherry juice for the cranberry cocktail. and used plain vodka instead of raspberry-flavored vodka. flavor-wise it’s different, but the patriotic flair is there. although, my layers blended together a bit and we ended up with something a little more purple. but the firecracker was fun to make!
red white and blue for the fourth
well, gang this wraps another fridays with oscar. stay tuned to the blog all summer for fashion and lifestyle inspiration. oscar, ollie and i wish all of you a safe and happy fourth of july!