4th of July has always been my favorite holiday. It’s carefree and fun, and best of all, we’re usually celebrating my birthday along with America’s, since I was born on the 29th of June. Besides all that, I am totally a summer girl; my favorite outfit is a swimsuit and no shoes.
So, when it comes to 4th of July, I like to do it big, no matter where I’m celebrating. Growing up, we always attended our family friends’ Red, White & Blueberry Pancake Breakfast (followed by the town parade, a day by the pool and then of course, fireworks, over Lake Ellyn).
The Red, White & Blueberry Pancake Breakfast included lots of blueberry pancakes and mimosas, with guests all bringing breakfast dishes to share (like frittatas and danishes).
In honor of my favorite holiday and my love of traditions, I decided to host my own Red, White & Blueberry Pancake Breakfast this year. We were up at a friend’s cabin in Government Camp on Mt. Hood - so idyllic, you can’t even believe it. Check out my recipes below for an easy, shmeasy 4th of July breakfast.
Some friends helped me make these the day before 4th of July as a fun morning activity. They keep well in the fridge in a ziplock bag too, so you can make them a few days in advance.
4th of July fell on a Monday this year, so it was the end of a long party weekend. I threw the booze remnants into a pitcher with whatever fruit and juice was leftover.
Fruit Salad w/fresh mint
Throw some freshly chopped fruit in a bowl with freshly chopped mint leaves. Have a little something healthy with all those pancakes and booze you’re about to consume.
What's better than a cocktail at breakfast? My go-to champs for parties is Trader Joe's Blanc de Blancs. It's a brut (dry) and from France, which is makes it easy to try - French table wine is usually very drinkable. It's cheap (usually around $4.99/bottle) and actually a nice bubbly. I usually buy 1 bottle for every 2 people. Get a variety of fruit - berries are obvious and pomegranate seeds are lovely. And buy a variety of juices - we're not just limited to OJ here! I love some pineapple juice in champs, or make it a Bellini and add Peach juice!
Pancakes with berries are an old classic and perfect for the 4th of July. Add some Champs Whipped Cream to an old favorite for a luxe twist.
Photo via Jenna Sheingold