1. Classic caprese salad. Check out The Pioneer Woman's absolutely s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g photographs -- they're practically art! -- and amusing commentary while you're at it.
2. Firecracker whoopie pies... or moon pies... or gobs, depending on your beliefs, on Annie's Eats.
3. Refresh yourself and others with a tall glass of watermelon lemonade courtesy of Confections of a Foodie Bride. Have you ever seen a brighter more summery looking drink? I think not!
If you need some help planning your menu for the day, let me kindly offer a few suggestions.
For breakfast, try a slice or two of banana strawberry bread to start your day off on a fresh, patriotic foot.
Next up, a cool coastal lunch of Maryland-style crab cakes with a fresh salad, followed by a sweet single scoop of your favorite ice cream with homemade strawberry topping. And yes, to answer your question, you absolutely deserve dessert after lunch :)
Finally, fire up the grill for dinner and make a batch of stuffed turkey burgers that will ooze gooey melted cheese when you bite into them. Then, when everyone thinks it can't possibly get any better, bring out a big red velvet cake as the Pièce de résistance. "See? I told you it gets better."
Still looking for a showstopper for your upcoming party? For a bigger list of picnic-friendly foods, check out my previous lists and posts. In the meantime, three cheers for this fantastic country of ours! Have a great weekend! :)