There is nothing more American than a cookout on the 4th of July, but there are fancier options than the standard chips and dip. You can have a lemonade bar, a S'mores bar complete with gourmet chocolate, and find creative ways to transport things like pasta salad.

Gourmet S'mores Bar for the kids and adults

  • Graham Crackers
  • Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers
  • Caramels
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Bars

Lemonade Bar in Mason Jars (adults could add alcohol as well)

  • Lemonade
  • Mango Puree
  • Blueberry Syrup
  • Cherry Puree
  • Strawberry Puree
  • Mint
  • Lavender

How to make your own Grilled Corn Bar

  • Compound butters
  • Cotija Cheese
  • herbed salt and pepper blends
  • fresh chopped herbs

How to make your own Mason Jar Salads (perfect for picnics and transporting on a hot day)

  • Couscous Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Fresh Corn Salad
  • Potato Salad

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