If you’re like us and you do everything last minute, this guide is going to be a lifesaver. Every year I intend on keeping things low key by just have one or two other couples over but then one thing leads to another and then suddenly we have 20 people popping over. Happy Last Minute 4th!

This is a tough situation for any host/hostess to be in. On one hand, we’re too grown to be serving just chips and dip with a bunch of liquor but on the other, remember the good old days when it took just 45 minutes to prep for a party as long as your house was clean?

Fear not. TTF has come up with some stress-free simple ideas to help you party like it’s 1776.


Last Minute 4th Punch

Make Summer Sangria. No recipe version: Chop up some peaches, strawberries, green apples, oranges and lemons. Throw in lots of ice. 3 bottles of sweet moscato wine. Dump it all into a large punch bowl. Add in a splash of white rum and top it with a handful of raspberries. Make it first thing in the morning and you’ll be ready to serve by party time. EXTRA last minute tip: Moscato is so sweet that you can even make this at the last second and no one will be able to tell the difference. 

Last Minute 4th Fruit Salad

Summer Fruit Salad. Stick to mostly red fruits and don’t put anything ridiculous like bananas, honeydew, or apples in it and it will be an instant crowd pleaser. TRUST US.

Last Min 4th Asparagus

Easy sides. Asparagus and corn honestly are ready to be thrown on the grill as soon as you wash and trim them. YUM. Just have generous amounts of butter to serve on the side and all your last minute 4th guests will be super happy.

Last Min 4th App

Brie Toast. Literally just thickly slice a baguette and pop a slice of brie on top. Broil it in the oven for just 6-7 minutes until it’s melty and you’re set. Add thinly sliced prosciutto on top if you’re feeling particularly ambitious.

Tri-ple Berry Punch. Maybe because the TTF team is obsessed with lemonade, but nothing screams America more to us than fresh squeezed lemonade. If you’re too lazy to make the punch for this last minute 4th, just throw in some berries into the pitcher with good store bought lemonade (like this one) and smash them a little using a wooden spoon. They’ll be flavor bombs because it’s summer. Here’s the link to the recipe if you want to make ours.

Chicken thighs. Use the marinade from our lime-soy chicken. Marinate it for 30 minutes while the coals are heating up and grill them for about 8 minutes per side. Boneless/skinless chicken thighs are great for a crowd because they have a lot more flavor than chicken breasts and they’re always reasonably priced.

Last Minute 4th Slider

Easy Asian sliders. No recipe version: Combine some 80/20 ground beef, a pack of scallions, a bunch of garlic, a splash of soy sauce. Take a handful and form little patties. Sprinkle the patties generously with salt and pepper before you grill them. Serve them on Hawaiian rolls, spicy mayo, bibb lettuce, and cucumbers.

Apple Pie. If you don’t have time to make a scratch pastry crust, buy a good quality store-bought crust and make our recipe. Brush it with a generous amount of egg wash and sprinkle on lots of sugar. Once you serve up a scoop of vanilla on the side, no one will be able to tell it’s not a homemade crust. (Shhhhhh)

Last Min 4th Cake

Pa-tri-otic Cake. If you don’t have time to be making a flag cake for your last minute 4th then this idea is for you. Buy a plain sheet cake from a respectable place that has white frosting. Tell them not to decorate it. Throw on blueberries and raspberries in the shape of a flag. YUM.

Last Minute 4th centerpiece

Simple Decorations. Sparklers are always a crowd pleaser. Just get some bubbles for the kids. I just throw some carnations into a mason jar and tie them off with some twine/burlap and I’m set. Don’t over complicate things. You just want these to set the mood.

Let us know what you’ll be doing below for this holiday. Happy Independence Day, y’all!

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