July 4th 2017

July 4th Feast

I wasn’t able to get this post together in time to help inspire party plans for those of you celebrating the 4th of July this year, but decided it’s never too late to share the pictures, ideas and recipes of a successful celebration! 

Last year I hosted a 4th of July pool day for a small group of family and friends. I had my best girlfriend Chey up visiting and turned the holiday weekend into a food and activity filled extravaganza. As much fun as I had creating that wonderful weekend, I decided that this year I wanted to spend less time on my feet in the kitchen and more time on my butt in a chair by the pool! My favorite meal from last years festivities was the Clambake I served because it was not only delicious but incredibly easy to prepare. This year I decided to make the southern version of a clambake, the beloved low country boil for a larger crowd. I discovered that it’s just as easy to make and even better suited for more people. So I have designated it our new 4th of July tradition. The appetizers I chose to serve required nothing more than whipping up some dips and purchasing prepared veggie trays and chips. I was also smart enough to ask friends to help by bringing something to contribute to the meal like a side dish, sodas, popsicles or fruit. The day turned out absolutely perfect not only because the sun was shining brightly, the company was fantastic, and the food delicious but because I had plenty of time to sit on my butt and just enjoy it all!

Josh Kelley and Joshua Jr.
Adalaide and friends
Katherine Heigl and Joshua Jr.

Appetizers

Appetizers

Main Meal

July 4th Feast

Dessert

Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake

My mother made this for the party and she just substituted the rainbow sprinkles with red, white and blue ones to give the cake a patriotic vibe.

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18 Comments

  • Ally

    Love it!! The confetti cake is such a good idea!!

    July 21, 2017 at 4:25 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      It was my mom’s idea and she nailed it! Strangely she doesn’t ever eat dessert but she loves making it! Lucky for us!

      July 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply
  • Sandra Oranje

    This looks awesome Katherine! We don’t celebrate 4th of July here in the Netherlands but this is also good for any party/barbeque or get together. I will look through the recipes for ideas that will work for me, thanks. You have a beautiful family and tell Josh I love the facebook live mini concerts. ❤

    July 21, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      These recipes would for sure work for any fun summer gathering! I will absolutely tell Josh you’re enjoying the shows!! Thanks!

      July 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Syuzanna

    Dearest Katherine,

    Thank you for this lovely and inspiring post! The happiness of your family is viral and when I see your pictures my heart fills with joy and I want to burning same aura into my home! Thank you for sharing wonderful recepies! I also love how you decorated the table and set up the drink station – easy peasey, down to earth yet full of elegance and taste!
    Thank you darling! I hope one day we can meet face to face and cheers with a Tom Collins 🙂
    With love,
    Syuzanna

    July 21, 2017 at 10:57 am Reply
  • Suzanne

    Love it! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    July 21, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply
  • Leslie

    Beautiful! Enjoyed this post and the pictures very much!

    July 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Autumn Neely

    Everything thing looked lovely and delicious . I am kind of hungry now. Lol . I need to remember the confetti cake for my next holiday . Have you tried Lush Cake ? It’s wonderful during the summer time . Angel food cake, pineapples, whipped cream and I believe one or two other ingredients . Thank you for sharing .

    July 22, 2017 at 1:12 am Reply
    • Katherine Heigl

      I haven’t but good lord that sounds amazing! Gonna check it out right now!

      July 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Everything looks amazing. Love your backyard and the breathtaking views.

    July 22, 2017 at 5:35 am Reply
  • Monica

    I loved everything about this party! and the idea of the patriotic confetti is awesome. Good job to your mom as well

    July 22, 2017 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Hi I really enjoy your blogs too and your last one with DIY baby soild foods I will keep those recipes in mind because my sister is going to have a baby in January 2018 I really love seeing your pictures in this blog about you 4 of July party everyone looked like they were having fun omg josh jr is so cute too how old is he now? Oh since I am very creative like you as of right now I am mostly an artist drawing, painting and using different materials too right now I am enjoying using watercolor painting without using pencils just paint brush but I love your ideas with using a sewing machine ect but working my way up also thank you so much for your blogs and looking up on pinterest too

    July 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Jela

    Did you finely bought new garden furniture? I love those big chairs.
    And i love those heavenly days. I always wonder how you can do it all. You’re a real inspiration for me. 🙂

    July 23, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Allison

    Do you have a schedule for when you post?

    July 24, 2017 at 4:50 am Reply
  • Tricia

    Thank you, always great ideas☆☆☆
    Can’t wait to try the garlic dip and hush puppies for my family.
    The layout of drinks, food and sitting perfect for fun cozy family time.

    July 25, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply
  • Tamara McWilliam

    Hi Katherine, my name is Tamara I am an Australian Author. I just wanted to jot you a note to let you know how much I enjoy your blogs. It is wonderful seeing both the different culture and environment in which you live compared to Australia. It is such a contrast to me considering I live on the mid North Coast of Australia. I love getting your email when a new blog has hit the internet. Thanks for the enjoyment and keep them coming!! 🙂

    July 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Anna derov

    Yum! Nice spread! Looks delish. God bless ur beautiful little fambam♡

    July 27, 2017 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • bill

    Nice! I’ve turned what i call veganarian (vegan + vegetarian sometimes) and found this awesome, easy recipe!
    https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/vegan-no-tuna-salad-sandwich/#gs.YOWjdbA
    and
    https://cookieandkate.com/2015/greek-farro-salad-recipe/
    I do not miss meat at all…

    August 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm Reply
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