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How to Decorate 4th of July Picnic in Your Backyard

June 30, 2009


We all like a chance to get together with family & friends, to gather for barbecues, swimming and a celebration. This July 4th we will once again join together to honor the United States of America birthday, as well as, the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4,1776. On this day we pay tribute to the courage and conviction of our founding fathers in their pursuit of liberty, as we picnic in our backyards, watch fireworks explode in the sky and fly the American flag with pride.

                 Fireworks Display

Along with the red, white and blue American flag you can make the celebration fun with the addition of patriotic food creations and table decorations.

  Sunbrella®Jockey Red True Blue & White Votive Candles

A Sunbrella® Jockey Red tablecloth and True Blue napkins, set the table with White votive candles. In the center of the table place a glass bowl with a Red, White & Blue Trifle dessert and you are ready to entertain.

   Sandra Lee Recipe

The ingredients for this tasty patriotic dessert are

    * 1 box red velvet cake mix, about 18 ounces
    * 1 (16-ounce) tub whipped topping
    * 2 pints blueberries
    * 1 pint strawberries, tops removed


Bake the red velvet cake mix according to package directions and allow to cool.

Using a serrated knife cut the red velvet cake into 1 inch square pieces and line the bottom of the trifle bowl with half of the cake squares.

Using a spatula, spread about a 2-inch layer of whipped topping on top of the cake squares.

Layer about 1 1/2 pints of the blueberries on top of whipped topping.

Layer the remaining cake pieces on top of the blueberries forming a second layer of cake.

Using a spatula, spread remaining whipped topping over the cakes pieces.

Decorate the perimeter with the strawberries; placing the strawberries cut side down. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries on top of the trifle inside the strawberry perimeter.

This 4th of July surround yourself with the people that you love and celebrate all the gifts that are in your life.

These are my outside views…Marcia Blake