We hope you are having a great time with your family and friends this Labor Day! It’s a day to celebrate and relax. While you’re outside soaking in the rays and BBQing those hamburgers and hotdogs, we thought you may want a few inspirational ideas for other side dishes you can serve that represent Americana!

Quick and Easy

These side dishes will take you less than no time and they are spot on with the Red, White, and Blue.

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Ingredients:

5-6 cups of red fresh fruit.

2 cups of blueberries

3 cups of yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels

Directions:

Wash fresh fruit and dry off. Lay out fruit and pretzels to represent the flag stripes, and place a small bowl of blueberries on the top left.

Directions and Picture from: http://www.familyfreshmeals.com

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Another very easy treat to put together are these fruit and brownie kebabs. This is even fun for the kids to help out on.

Ingredients:

  • 9X13-inch pan of Brownies (chilled and cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 pint blueberries, washed
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed and hulled
  • Large marshmallows
  • Hot Fudge Sauce for drizzling, if desired
  • Bamboo/wooden skewers

Directions:

Alternate threading brownies, fruit and marshmallows onto wooden skewers. Drizzle with hot fudge sauce, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Directions and picture from: http://www.melskitchencafe.com

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Popcorn is my favorite snack! Drizzle it with some colored chocolate to add the patriotic flare.

Ingredients:

12 cups popped popcorn (choose a white variety), divided into 3 parts

3 cups chocolate candy melts (blue, red, white) or white chocolate which you can dye with gel paste colors (water based food colorings are not suitable)

 Directions:

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with wax paper.
  2. Melt one color of the chocolate melts in a double broiler or in a microwave. If you’re using white chocolate melt 1/3 of it, choose a good quality one and heat it very carefully, since white chocolate can get clumpy really fast, especially if melting it in a double broiler. Add the desired color and stir quickly.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate over 1/3 of the popped popcorn and stir until everything is covered well.
  4. Spread the popcorn on the baking sheet. You can now choose to either form popcorn balls (as soon as the mixture is cold enough to handle but still formable) or leave it as it is. If making popcorn balls, you can even try to insert a lollipop or ice-cream stick to make serving it easier and more fun.
  5. Let the mixture cool down. If you decided to spread the popcorn, just break it apart.
  6. Repeat the procedure with the remaining colors.

Directions and picture from: http://stagetecture.com

Wash it Down

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Wash it all down with a layered drink! This is fun and festive; you could always add in a little adult liquid as well.

 Ingredients:

1 can of Cherry Sprite

1 oz of Grenadine

1/4 cup of Pina colada mix

1 Cup of Blueberry Kool-Aid (used the Koolaid water flavoring squirt bottle)

 Directions:

  1. Fill 1 large glass with ice
  2. Pour the Cherry sprite with Grenadine 1/3 of the way full (Grenadine gives it the bright red color)
  3. Now add the Pina colada mix 1/3 of the glass (you are layering this)
  4. Pour on top blueberry Koolaid in 1st fill 1/3 of the way
  5. Garnish with a Star and Stripes straws found at any craft store and Cherries {optional}

 Directions and photo from: http://www.awortheyread.com

We hoped you enjoyed our inspirational food and drink ideas to make your Labor Day party one that will be remembered. If you enjoyed, please leave a comment below!

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