This is 4th of July at my house!
This Starts a couple of weeks ahead for us, starting with my Pinterest boards, then I make a secret board for my final working list. Then weeks ahead I start purchasing supplies so when I'm ready I can start my make ahead items. After that I start making as I have time, some days more often than others.
Make Ahead starts weeks ahead of the 4th of July which includes baking cake layers for a round flag cake, baking cupcakes for a flag made of cupcakes. You can't see it & I don't think I took a photo, these are tri-colored cupcakes inside, blue on the bottom, white in the center, & red on the top.
Ice Cream Cones can be dipped about a week or two ahead of time. I bought 3 kinds of ice cream cones (yes I tend to go overboard!), Standard plain ice cream cones, sugar cones, & chocolate waffle cones, they were delicious! We melted 3 colors of chocolate & dipped them, painted them, etc. to cover the first 1-2 inch on each cone, then sprinkled them over a small cup that could catch the excess sprinkles. Placed the ice cream cones on waxed paper to dry & then placed in Ziploc bags.
This next one was a make ahead about 2 days before, you'll need more of the same colored white chocolate melted, large marshmallows, sprinkles, & long sucker sticks. We dipped some completely in one color, others in 2 colors about 1/3 up each marshmallows. When dipping do one color at a time, it is much easier. When doing a tri-color marshmallow dip the top 1/3 in say red, if sprinkles are desired sprinkle them now over a bowl that can catch the excess, then place on wax paper to dry, then when it is dry place the stick in the dipped end & dip the opposite end in the second color, in this instance blue would be the second color.
This is another Jell-O recipe, Verigated Jell-O that can be made ahead a day or two before you are using it, I suggest making it when you have plenty of uninterrupted time, not an hour or so before the 3rd of July Kids parade! (Did that on the first time I ever made it, not my brightest idea!). This involves making a red batch of Jell-O, a red batch, & a white batch. Next time I will make the blue, set the first layer in the pan (spray it with cooking spray to make it easier to remove later), then make the white batch & start to mix the lighter blue layers. Each layer will set faster than the previous so be prepared for that! Don't forget to add each ingredient as directed, if not then adding it later does not work at all, yes so distracted with my time constraint I did just that, UGH!!! As you get the white divided into it's separate bowls then make the red batch, & mix with the white as needed for each layer, 9 layers in all. I am going to do an orange & purple version of this for Halloween, orange & red versions for Thanksgiving, red & green for Christmas, maybe red & purple for Valentines (pink would be odd I think), yellow & green for St. Patrick's Day, not sure on Easter I may do something totally different.
for the white chocolate & Jell-O recipe I made far too much so what was leftover I made Taco Seasoned Popcorn since we had a large group coming over. We wrapped it up after the movie & set it out again with our 4th of July Spread.
Last shots of the Table, it was a LOT of FUN!!!!