How To Prepare A Fireworks-Worthy Fourth Of July Food Bar

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Have your guests "seeing fireworks" at your Fourth of July party by preparing a food bar using these five tips.

1. Stick To The Fourth Of July Classics

When planning your food bar, aim to serve traditional American foods like burgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, deviled eggs, potato salad, and watermelon. On Fourth of July, chances are your guests will be expecting them. Don't forget the condiments! Team Mustard all the way.

2. Embrace Fourth Of July Finger Food

Your food bar includes all of the delicious food that you've prepared for your guests. Keep food bite-sized or in small servings so that your guests can try absolutely everything!

Also, finger food is your friend. I repeat: Finger food is your friend. Finger food brings an authentic outdoor feel to any Fourth of July party, whether or not your guests are playing football out on the lawn.

Sliders, anyone?

3. Go All Out With The American Theme

Stay true to the red, white, and blue! Incorporate these patriotic colors in everything from your food bar decorations to your actual food. On Fourth of July, there's no such thing as too much of the American flag.

Pro tip: Use food coloring to make red, white, and blue deviled eggs. These deviled eggs are trending for this Fourth of July! Bonus points if you can arrange them into a flag.

4. Incorporate Good Ol' American Recipes

Nothing says America like our ancestors. So, fight the urge to find all your recipes on Pinterest. When your guests ask for the recipe to your mind-blowing potato salad, it will be much more fun to tell them that it's a family recipe (and a secret...shh!)

Need inspiration? Check out my Grandma's potato salad recipe, which never fails to impress:

"Grandma's Potato Salad" - 2 lbs. of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes - 1/2 of a small red onion, finely chopped - 1 celery stalk, finely chopped (1-2 pieces is ok) - 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut - 3 tbsp. of dill pickle juice, plus 1/4 cup of dill pickles finely chopped into 1/4 inch slices - 1 1/2 tsp. of salt - 1 tbsp. of yellow mustard - 1/4 tsp. of pepper - 1/2 tsp. of celery seed - 1/2 cup of mayonnaise - 1/4 cup of sour cream

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with cold water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, add 1 tsp. of salt, and then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, which should take approximately 10-15 minutes. Don't overcook the potatoes, or they will turn out mushy. Next, drain the potatoes thoroughly, then spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet. Mix 2 tbsp. of dill pickle juice and 1 tbsp. of yellow mustard together in a small bowl. Drizzle the mixture over the potatoes, and then toss the potatoes until they are evenly coated. Refrigerate the potatoes until they are cooled, which should take approximately 30 minutes.

Mix the remaining red onion, celery, dill pickle juice, dill pickles, salt, pepper, celery seed, mayonnaise, and sour cream together in a large bowl. Toss in the cooked potatoes. Then, cover and refrigerate everything until it is well chilled, which should take approximately 30 minutes. Gently stir in the eggs.

You can make this potato salad up to two days before your Fourth of July party!

5. Make The Perfect Fourth Of July Apple Pie

Apple pie is the epitome of all-American food. It's a must-have for any Fourth of July party, so you'll need it in your food bar. Consider making apple pie turnovers for a dessert that honors the spirit of finger food. For the perfect apple pie turnovers, add a little more brown sugar and cinnamon than you think you'll thank me later.

In the end, it's all about the pie, isn't it?