7 Fun and Festive July 4th Recipes for the Whole Family

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite times to entertain. Yes, the holiday itself is fun, but I have to be honest--I love the idea of red, white and blue food.

To me, the holiday is a great excuse to make fun things out of fresh, healthy summer berries--which are just about my favorite things on earth.

They also happen to be some of my kid's favorite things.

When we throw parties, or I am cooking with my daughter, we often dream up red, white and blue for things like our pancakes or ice cubes. Sometimes I like to take it one step further and create red, white and blue salads and cakes.

You could spend a small fortune decking out your festive food for the holiday, but there is a way to keep the fun quotient high and the budget quotient low. In fact, if you have a few staples lying around, all of these goodies ring up at $10 or under.

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