4th of July Menus

This year, instead of providing you with a make-a-menu collage of options for 4th of July menu planning, I wanted to give you three fully detailed menu plans you can take and run with. Plus, each menu has a table with make-ahead instructions to make your 4th of July celebration even easier.

First up is a menu dedicated to the fun and fabulous kebab (I say kebab, you say kabob). We’re calling this one Strictly Sticks and everything (including dessert) is on a stick.
Strictly Sticks Word Download
Strictly Sticks PDF Download

Second is a classic menu for the 4th with recipes that just scream “it’s a BBQ, make me!!”
Foolproof 4th Word Download
Foolproof 4th PDF Download

Last, we are thinking a little outside of the box and going with all appetizers. This is a great menu for those that may not have an outdoor grill. It’s unique and great for a variety of palates!
Appetizing Appetizers Word Download
Appetizing Appetizers PDF Download

Have a great 4th of July (for those of you celebrating). I’m off to a family reunion near Yellowstone Park this week (prepping myself for lots of food, lots of family fun and very minimal sleep) and will see you on the other side of the holiday!

P.S. For those of you around for the drama, my site was offline/disabled for about 24 hours or so late last week due to some server issues. Thanks for your patience as I frantically worked with my awesome hosting company (www.webfitter.com) to resolve the issues. Everything should be working perfectly now (you may need to clear your browser history/cache if you have lingering issues).

19 Responses to 4th of July Menus! {THREE Fabulous Menus with Make-Ahead Instructions}

  1. Sheila says:

    Ah, Me. . . .I am so sorry for the trauma you endured last week with grace and humor. I pray the rest of your vacation will go smoothly and the kids are over that nasty virus or whatever they had to endure (I know it wasn’t food poisoning :-) :-). . So excited for these menus. I’m creating a menu tonight for a cabin camping adventure we are off to and then going to the store. I am so glad I’m late in dealing with the food issues. Thank you for these menus and for the beautiful attitude you display when under intense pressure. We get more than just great recipes with behind-the-scenes character building constantly peeking through. :-)

  2. Heather bell says:

    How cute strictly sticks:) what a fun idea! We’ll ne in Idaho falls so maybe our paths will cross. Lol

  3. Helen says:

    WOW…. how will I ever choose?… I’m sure i’m going to have to make at least 1 item off each menu.. :-) I am really loving the idea of skewers for everything.. Great for kids !!

  4. Rachel says:

    Mel,
    You were amazing to try to help people out with the recipes they needed, especially while being on vacation and having sick kids. I thought it was a huge compliment to you and your blog that people’s lives were literally turned upside down because your site was down for 24 hours. :) I think you are great!

    Rachel

  5. Janna says:

    Thanks so much for all that you do!!! Happy 4th of July! :)

  6. Stephanie says:

    Mel, Thanks for the wonderful 4th of July recipes. I will definitely be making some of the recipes as we also are heading to a family reunion this week. On Friday when I was looking for a recipe for book club, I was so shocked to see that your website was not available. My first thought was that I hoped everything is okay with your family. My second thought was, “Oh no! What am I going to do for a recipe!” About 90% of my recipe bookmarks are from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. I am so glad everything is okay and the website is back online. Have a terrific time at your family reunion!

  7. Janie Lynn says:

    Thanks so much, Mel, for posting this awesome menu! I’m an avid reader and subscriber of your blog. Keep up the good work, girl!

    From your whole food-y!
    Janie Lynn

  8. Kelly says:

    You are awesome!!!

  9. Kim in MD says:

    This is awesome, Mel! Happy 4th of July to you and your family! Have fun at your family reunion! :-)

  10. Ruth says:

    You are so good to us. You have us totally spoiled. Thank you for all that you do! The menus with time management tips are so helpful….no excuse not to do some entertaining this holiday weekend.

  11. Barb says:

    THanks Mel- I really like the classic BBQ menu- .

  12. Candela Rice says:

    Thanks for all these recipes and for all the time and work you put into creating them!!! :)

  13. Holly says:

    Thanks! These menus and recipes are fantastic. I just love your site, you always have fun, new ideas up your sleeve. Enjoy your vacation!

  14. Sara says:

    Great menus. Thank you for all your planning and attention to detail!

  15. Oh my heavens I am pleased for you that your server issues happened and were resolved BEFORE your trip. What an awesome place to have a family reunion. Mine is in August. I’m very much looking forward to it also. Thank you for the awesome menus!

  16. Emily says:

    I was in panic all week without you. I couldn’t make my weekly grocery/menu list. Kind of scares me a little bit LOL. Have a great week.

  17. Mickie says:

    I made a few things from both the stick and foolproof menus. It was so delicious. It’s the first time I made the loaded baked potato salad. Yum! Now I’ll have to rotate between your classic recipe and that one. :) thanks mel, keep on keepin’ on your the best.

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