Category Archives: BBQ

Party Spotlight: Red, White & Blue 4th of July Block Party


If you’re looking for some inspiration for your upcoming 4th of July festivities, then take a look at this beautiful red, white, and blue block party styled by Paper & Cake, and featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

The bandanna print on the pinwheels and printables gives it a classic feel, and the stars and stripes add the patriotic flair needed to help celebrate the occasion.

Be sure to check out the rest of this fabulous party from Paper & Cake, and get all the details over at Hostess with the Mostess.  Enjoy!


Inspiration: Summer BBQ – Dessert

The last post in our Summer BBQ series (see our earlier posts here and here) is all about my favorite part of any meal – DESSERT!  I chose this 4th of July Pinwheel party styled by Anders Ruff, and featured on Hostess with the Mostess, because I fell in love with the strung lanterns hanging above the backdrop. Isn’t that a great idea!?  Even though it’s a 4th of July party, the desserts and color scheme would fit in just as well with a red, white, and blue BBQ any time.

The cake pretty much speaks for itself {gorgeous}, and everyone loves a great cake!

Cookies are a pretty easy dessert to offer, and displaying them on a stick, surrounded by red hot candies helps raise the fun meter – especially when they’re shaped like pinwheels. You could also put them in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon, and give them as favors to all your guests.

Think of all the fun you could have with these dipped desserts – yummy strawberries, fluffy marshmallows, salty pretzels, and delicious apples.  You could easily make them yourself with some melted and colored chocolate, and the fruit, or sweet of your choosing.

These cupcakes tucked inside a festive wrapper and topped with a colorful pinwheel are a perfect two-in-one dessert. First you get to eat the yummy cupcake, then you get to have fun playing with the pinwheel.

And when your BBQ is winding down, you can pass out these S’mores kits to each of your guests.  They can roast their marshmallows over a fire pit, or a BBQ grill, or even in the microwave.  Since they are individually packaged, if they don’t feel like making their s’mores now, they can take them home and make them another time.

I realize these sparklers aren’t dessert, but seriously, how cute is this idea!? Decorative matchbox covers and a couple of sparklers with a party circle attached is a great party favor.  And I personally think sparklers are fun on 4th of July, or any time of the year.

Be sure to take a look at the rest of this party, and all the vendors involved, on Hostess with the Mostess, and stop by the Anders Ruff shop to purchase the printables at a great price.  Enjoy!

Inspiration: Summer BBQ – Sliders

Today’s Summer BBQ feature comes from Chris of Celebrations at Home.  Chris used the same red, white, and blue color scheme as yesterday’s BBQ feature, but she created an entirely different feel by going with a more vintage decor.  The flowers in recycled cans, and torn pieces of ribbon tied around the condiments holder is a fantastic and easy decorating idea.

Another big difference, is the menu – sliders and baked beans. YUM!!  I like the idea of using sliders, which are just a smaller hamburger, because it gives guests the opportunity to try different toppings without overloading on food.

Serving baked beans in small canning jars is, in my mind, ingenious!  This way your slider buns won’t get all soggy from the beans.

I think lemonade is a staple at all BBQ’s. How fun to drink it out of a canning or mason jar that’s been personalized with a printable tag and topped off with a red striped straw.

And speaking of printables, Paper & Pigtails designed all the ones for this BBQ, and you can get them for FREE at Celebrations at Home. Now go check out the rest of this fabulous BBQ and let it inspire your own great event.  Look for our post tomorrow on Summer BBQ – Dessert.  Enjoy!

Inspiration: Summer BBQ – Hot Dogs

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and to me, that means the beginning of BBQ season. Luckily for all of us, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess has designed and shared this cool BBQ party to give us tons of inspiration.  The red, white, and blue color scheme is an obvious choice, and is perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, or any other BBQ event.  Plus, all the great printables, like these Make Your Own Hot Dogs and Drink Up signs, are available for you to download – for FREE!

Make Your Own Hot Dogs Sign

Drink Up Sign

I love how she used corn chips to line the basket, and the red and white checkered pattern around the containers and drinks.  It’s the little details like those that make an average party a great party.

Hot Dog Stations

To kick it up a notch, creating hot dog “stations” with condiments and toppings from different cities, your guests can have fun trying hot dog recipes they may not have thought of before.  Serving them in red and yellow baskets lined with checkered napkins is a great idea.

And these individual servings of potato salad will also make clean up a breeze.

Be sure to check out the rest of this great Summer Hot Dog BBQ, and download your free printables at Hostess with the Mostess.  And if hot dogs aren’t your thing, stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on Summer BBQ featuring – Sliders.  Enjoy!