The 4th of July is about spending time with families and friends, eating delicious food and of course lots of red, white and blue décor! We teamed up with Maire Byrne, our friend and owner of Thyme Café & Market, to give you a few ideas for throwing a July 4th party this Summer.
Throwing a party with Maire is food heaven! She had every dish you would hope for a 4th of July BBQ celebration and more. Beautiful BBQ pork ribs, shrimp ceviche (that you won’t be able to stop eating), lobster & shells pasta salad, and beautiful roasted corn on the cob were just a few of our favorites.
We had a lemonade stand, hot dogs and fruit for the kids…and of course dessert! For dessert, Maire served a gorgeous berry flag sour cream tart from Thyme. The kids enjoyed mini ice cream cones along with mini ice cream sandwiches dipped in red, white and blue sprinkles. We picked up the mini premade ice cream cones and sandwiches from Trader Joes and Maire melted chocolate to re-dip them and topped them with red, white and blue sprinkles. The kids were in heaven!
Maire’s Grilled Corn on the Cob
- 12 whole corn, husked, with a small portion of the stalk attached
- 2 c. softened butter
- 1 ½ tsp. chili powder
- 1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
- 1 Lime, Zested and juiced
- 1 tbsp. Salt
- Cotija cheese crumbled
Combine butter, spices, lime, and salt together in a bowl, and set aside. Husk the corn, leaving a short amount of the stalk at the bottom. Approximately 2”. Evenly spread each corn ear with the butter mix, and save remaining spread. Grill each corn so that there are char marks on each side of the ear. Once the corn is evenly charred, remove from the grill and spread another layer of butter on each one. Garnish with crumbled cotija cheese.
No BBQ is complete without a signature cocktail. We chose raspberry mojitos for 4th of July because they looked festive and tasted amazing!
Recipe (1 pitcher)
- 10 limes
- ¾ cup simple syrup
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 2 cups white rum
- 4 cups club soda
Juice the 10 limes and place juice into a large pitcher. Add the simple syrup and raspberries. Using a large whisk, muddle them together. Add the rum and club soda. When you are ready to serve, add ice to each glass, pour the cocktail and garnish with mint. Place raspberries and blueberries on cocktail toothpicks and lay them on top of the drink.
Sugar Paper’s reversible navy and white anchors wrapping paper was the inspiration for the décor to our backyard BBQ. We used the anchor paper to line our white serving dishes, wrap the hot dogs and make a pennant garland that we used on the table.
We made a pennant garland using the anchor paper, red and white polka dot wrapping paper and some blue and red card stock. If you have never made a pennant garland it is easy! Cut out a diamond shaped template and trace the diamond onto whatever paper you want to use. Cut the diamonds out, fold them in half into triangles and string them on baker’s twine or ribbon. We used double-sided tape to stick the triangles together.
We used mismatched solid navy and navy striped napkins, folded them and placed them in our mini mason jars with cutlery. Each mason jar had the party guest’s name wrapped with red and white baker’s twine. The mason jars also doubled as each guest’s drinking glass and the name tag made it easy for everyone to keep track of their drinks. We especially love to use small mason jars because they are an inexpensive way to provide enough glassware for all your guests.
Of course, we had plenty of sparklers, balloons and 4th of July accessories to make our kids sparkle!
Happy 4th of July!
Hallman + Ashley + Maire
Thyme Café & Market offers fresh gourmet foods, delicious baked goods, and fine food to-go in a warm, communal surrounding. If you are in LA, check out their extensive Summer BBQ menu. Thyme Café & Market, 1630 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-399-8808