Let’s Get Festive for July 4th!


Dear Friends,

As we gear up for the Fourth of July celebrations, today’s Dish is brimming with my Itinerary, Menus, and Recipes for the entire week. In addition, you’ll find Style Points, Tips & Quips, and Sources & Resources to make your table and home sparkle with patriotic cheer.

Our family loves July 4th! We gather with each other and with friends to celebrate at Grandfather every year. In addition to a few meals out, we will enjoy many wonderful meals at home. Planning, prepping, and preparing ahead ensures no one is in the kitchen when we’d rather be on the golf course!

I keep our Itinerary, GamePlan, Menus, etc. in the Notes function on my phone. Every year I copy the previous year’s lists to use as my template for the current year … such a time saver! From there I add, delete, edit to reflect this year’s plans. I then email the itinerary to our family so everyone is in the know. I also post the itinerary on the fridge along with a friendly reminder that the speed limit in the club is 20MPH. 🙂 Also on the refrigerator is the “I Emptied the Dishwasher” list. This may be one of my most brilliant ideas of all time. Once that list goes up everyone wants to get their name on it and I never empty the dishwasher the entire week.



Below you will see our “July 4th GamePlan” with Menus and Recipes that you can access. Most of the recipes can be prepped or prepared in advance. You will see the “To-Do List” which shows you how I will do as much as possible before everyone arrives. I will also make my grocery list in Notes. This will also be effortless as I simply copy and paste the ingredients needed into Notes from the EE Recipes online. For those of you who have the guide, you too can do this! If you have a guide and don’t have an online login, please email Jenny Mey at meyranary@gmail.com to set that up for you.

In addition to using the Notes function on your phone, we’ve provided a PDF below that will help you get started. In your EE guide and online, you also have a generic Shopping List that you can print. See Charts in Sources & Resources.


Step Nine in Effortless Entertaining,
“Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan.”


With good planning and prep, our July 4th gatherings can truly be … effortless!

From our home to yours,


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July 4th GamePlan   🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Remember, this is the template I use every year — copied and pasted from one year to the next in the Notes app. Also helpful when using Notes is that everything is synced to my laptop and iPad.

Friday, June 28

  • Birthday Golf ⛳️
  • Dinner at the Scottish Grill 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  • Dress — Casual

Saturday, June 29

  • Birthday Dinner on the McRae Patio 🍽
  • Dress — Coat, no tie.

Sunday, June 30

Monday, July 1

  • Late afternoon golf on Mountain Springs ⛳️
  • Pizza Pizza at the Beach! 🍕🍕
  • Dress – Casual

Tuesday, July 2

  • Golf on Championship Course ⛳️
  • Family Putt, Putt, Drink ⛳️
  • Dinner at Home – Kids Cook! 🧑‍🍳
  • Dress — Casual

Wednesday, July 3

Thursday, July 4

  • Golf on Championship Course ⛳️
  • Girls on the Beach! 🏖️
  • Dinner and Fireworks on McRae Patio 💥💥💥
  • Dress — July 4th Festive 🇺🇸

Friday, July 5

Saturday, July 6

  • Golf on Championship Course ⛳️
  • Dinner at the Scottish Grill 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  • Dress — Casual

Sunday, July 7

  • That’s a Wrap!



Printer-friendly Fillable One-Week GamePlan*

*Best filled out in your Web-browser or Adobe Acrobat


Signature Cocktails




On Your Own

Breakfast – OYO

  • Eggs & Egg Casserole
  • Toast
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Yogurt, Fruit, and Granola
  • Blueberry Muffins

Lunch – OYO

  • 10th Tee, Beach

At Home

  • Sandwiches … Turkey, Pimento Cheese,
    Tomato, Bacon, Avocado, Pesto, etc
  • Chips, Fruit



What to Wear and What to Pack

What to Pack

  • Jacket (no tie), long sleeve dress shirts, cute tops, casual dresses, jeans
  • Workout clothes, hiking, and tennis clothes
  • Golf clothes, shoes, clubs
  • Bathing suits
  • Wraps, Sweaters

Note: Club is allowing jeans for dining on the patio. We still prefer long sleeve shirts and jackets for men on the weekends even with jeans.


To-Do List


Thursday, June 19 – Sunday, June 23

  • Thursday — Grocery
  • Prepare Pimento Cheese
  • Prepare Tarragon Sauce
  • Prepare and Freeze
    Irwin’s Super Brownies
  • Order Hampton’s Barbecue
    and Sauce
  • Order Yeast Slider Rolls
    from Christa’s
  • Order Salmon, Limas,
    and Lady Peas from Maw’s

Monday, June 24

  • Prepare and Freeze
    Egg Casserole “Muffins”
  • Prepare and Freeze
    Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, June 25

  • Prepare and Freeze
    DeeDee’s Burgers

Thursday, June 27

  • Pick Up from Maw’s — Salmon, Limas, Corn, Tomatoes
  • Prepare and freeze Succotash

Friday, June 28

  • Grocery

Friday, June 29

  • Prepare Lemon Bomb and Raspberry Sauce

Saturday, June 30

  • Prepare DeeDee’s Rice Salad
  • Prep Seasoned Asparagus

Monday, July 1

  • Prepare Vegetable Dill Slaw
  • Prepare Fiesta Black Bean Salad

Wednesday, July 3

  • Pick up Barbecue and Yeast Rolls
  • Prepare Seasoned Succotash
  • Prepare Guacamole

Friday, July 5

  • Prep Asparagus and Peas with Basil
  • Prepare Jalapeño Cornbread
  • Prepare Blueberry Cobbler
  • Sous Vide Tenderloin

Printer-friendly Fillable Shopping List*

*Best filled out in your Web-browser or Adobe Acrobat



Style Points

Shop the Creatives! 

Lemondaisy Designs

Cheerful Baker

available here: Cookie Cutter and Stencil Set + Bag TagsClass + Cookie Cutter Set

Elizabeth Delphine Embroidery

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Stars, Stripes, and Confetti! 

Shop for July 4th  lanterns, hats, pinwheels, bunting and more … Have fun!

Budweiser Cowboy Hat

Pleated Fan Flag | Star Lanterns | Blue Lanterns | Flag Pinwheels | Assorted Pinwheels

Table Confetti



Tips & Quips

Without question, one of my best ideas EVER!
I never had to ask anyone to empty the dishwasher …
Everyone wanted to make sure they added their name!
In every guest bath, I place Makeup towels.
These are a win-win for host and guest —
no fretting for anyone about makeup on your white hand towels!
Available here


Sources & Resources

Setting the Table


Red & Blue Kitchen Towels

available here

4th of July Napkins

available here

Vintage Georges Briard Lowball Rock Glasses

available here


Assorted Blue Votives

available here

Red and Blue Votives

available here

Hurricane Votives

available here


More Votives!