When designing a party, we always start by listing all of the traditional symbols and items that are related to that theme. Fourth of July is such a fun holiday to design for because of all of the fun symbolism – fireworks, the American flag, stars and stripes, bald eagle, Uncle Sam’s hat – the list goes on and on. Once we identified the different elements of a theme, we can then create desserts and decorations that represent it creatively.

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For Fourth of July, firecrackers came to mind immediately. I’ve only lit firecrackers on my own once in my life – and my parents would have killed me if they’d known. I was eight years old and visiting my California relatives. I did a LOT of things that summer that my own parents would have never let me try! I asked where we would go to watch fireworks on the Fourth of July. The response was “Why do we have to go anywhere?”

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Dancing around the yard with my first sparkler was pretty amazing and listening as the firecrackers exploded throughout the night made it a Fourth of July to remember! In honor of this special memory, I created patriotic firecracker fruit parfaits for our upcoming barbecue. Mixing fruit, vanilla cake, whipped cream and licorice sparkler on top, these delicious desserts are definitely a guest favorite for any red, white and blue themed event!

To Make 12 Firecracker Desserts You Will Need:

12 Mini Dessert Cups
1/2 cup of strawberries
1 vanilla round cake – crumbled (save the extra round cake for a later dessert)
1/2cup of blueberries
Frozen whipped topping – thawed
Red licorice cut into 2 inch pieces

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1. Fill the bottom of each dessert cup a third of the way with strawberries.

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2. Layer another third of the cup with crumbled cake.

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3. Layer the last third of the cup with blueberries.

4. Top the blueberries with a layer of whipped topping, filling it to the top of the cup.

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5. Add a piece of licorice sticking out of the whipped topping.

These delicious firecracker parfaits are the perfect mix of sweet and fruity. Serve on a cupcake stand, a decorative tray or, if you can’t choose just one favorite patriotic dessert, give your guest an option with a mixed dessert tray.

Happy Celebrating,

Natalie