patriotic USA BBQ plus Carnival Americana – a stars and stripes party

Over Memorial Day weekend we had a fantastic USA party for my husband who just became an US citizen. We wanted to celebrate it as American as it can be, so we had a big BBQ with a picnic area in the backyard.  A while back, I already posted about the party, just click on the pics to get to the different topics. Here a little review:  We had

a Carnival Americana with fun games plus a special area for the guest of honor, who arrived straight from Washington

a Tattoo Station

Photo Booth Props (of course)

and of course The Flag Challenge

The party was all about stars and stripes and the garden was shining red, white and blue. I am happy how patriotic it turned out and this theme would be perfect for a 4th of July bash. Like I already mentioned, some of the fun was already posted, just click on the pics, but I got sick shortly after the party and did not finish writing about it. With 4th of July around the corner, it is the perfect time to post the rest of the pics about the favors, the decoration and the food:

The Favors

Instead of having “take home” favors, I came up with the idea to make these patriotic crepe paper flowers for all the guests to wear. We had different messages like : Party in the USA, Quarato for president, Stars & Stripes, USA and different designs… It came out really nice and it was fun to see everybody in red, white or blue.

We also gave out sparklers, which would be a fun idea for July 4th. Sparklers are so festive and are mini fireworks right in your hand. Both of my kids liked to watch them, but Luca did not want to hold the sparkler… (and Giorgio was not allowed to hold it yet)



The tables and the food

One of the most important aspects of a party  is the food and its presentation. When we decided to do an American BBQ, the first thing that came to my mind, was to have a self-serve burger and hot dog station. Everything else fell in place after that…

 The Burger and Hot Dog Station

I love how the table turned out. We had all kind of condiments for every taste like pickles, tomatoes, different cheeses, lettuce, chilli sauce, sauerkraut, jalapeno, roasted peppers, relish, mayo, ketchup, mustard etc… I had researched different hot dog recipes like the New York Hot Dog or Chicago Hot Dog and we had small recipe cards on the table to make these local favorites. My father was the grill-master and grilled the perfect patties or dogs….

We also served corn on the cobb skewers, potato chips in individual cones and potato salad in patriotic plastic glasses. I love individual portions. It looks so much more stylish than a big pot of chips or salad (but takes a little more space)

All the Sweet Treats

Since I could not make the burger and hot dog toppings look very patriotic, I wanted to have extra special treats for the desert table. Now, sugar cookies (if you know me or followed the blog, I had to bake them for the party) are wonderful, because with some practice you can transform them in whatever design you can come up with. They are much easier to make than baking a cake and will amaze the guests. (and they taste really good)…  We also served meringue, a flag cake, jello stars, patriotic lollipops (some of them personalized) and candy treats in red, white and blue.

To make the cookies stand out, we had built a cake stand out of boxes, covered them with paper and paint, glued them together and drilled holes inside. To make the cookie/cake stand consistent with the theme, it was decorated with blue mini garlands.


Next to the liquor of the flag challenge, we also served water, coke and American beer. We toasted with champagne in special patriotic glasses to celebrate this perfect day and Chris.

Picnic Area

Since it was a BBQ, we needed a picnic area, rather than a lot of tables and chairs. (we still had our stone table with extra chairs). It also gave us additional shade from the sun (or shelter from the rain, if you remember my last party). My parents had a flag blanket, which was perfect. It turned out really cozy and was immediately occupied by my kids… and the sign – this is how you write picnic in German, haha)

Last but not least a picture of one of the hot air balloons we made as a decoration and had throughout the garden.



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