The Patriotic Friday Roundup!

Can I get a unanimous T.G.I.F.?!


I’m glad it’s Friday.

Why? Because the weekend is yet again approaching and I can’t wait to have two days off in a row. Sleeping in, baking(!!), and a possible trip to San Francisco to stroll mindlessly through the beautiful Golden Gate Park (and more importantly, to escape the heat–ugh). Hell yes to that!!

Also, Wednesday is the Fourth of July which means everyone must adorn their homes with American flags and wear as much obnoxious American flag paraphernalia as possible.

I don’t know about you, but I see the Fourth as a day to grill great food and slap everything with BBQ sauce, eat copiously, drink great margs or beer (like THIS one, omg), and watch fireworks. Of course, BBQ-sauced meals can’t be complete without dessert, so that’s precisely where I come in: to bring you the most festive treats around these here parts of the interwebs.

Whether you’re looking to keep that dreaded oven off, or just down to impress the socks off of your party guests with the most outrageous red, white and blue treats around, I’ve got ya covered.

Already patriots, you ready for some dessert?!

First up, some Olympic Torch Snack Mix. Easy to make, no-bake, and ridiculously addictive. Serve it up in cute cellophane bags as take-away bags for your party guests.

If you want to take the elegant route, may I suggest this simple yet gorgeous tart? It would be equally scrumptious with strawberry filling if blueberries ain’t yo thang.

Want to wow your guests? Rainbow cupcakes with fun, quirky, white chocolate “fireworks” generally do the trick.

Likewise, these Firecracker Cupcakes are fun and kids will love the PopRocks twist on top.

Lemon is such a wonderful, refreshing summer flavor. Why not throw it into some easy cheesecake bars?

For a seriously simple, no-bake treat, whip up this Funfetti Dip and sprinkle some red, white and blue jimmies on top instead.

These continue to be a most-talked about recipe of mine! The “hamburger” and “hotdog” toppers are a fun way to engage the kids in assembling, and guests will be impressed with these wacky-fun cupcakes.

Root beer is a quintessential summertime BBQ staple of a drink, and these cupcakes are AMAZEBALLS. Y’all need to whip some up like, yesterday.

Well, you know watermelon is a popular summertime treat, but why not watermelon cupcakes? Juicy, delicious and sweet, they’re pretty and tasty.

Kettle corn that tastes like cotton candy?! Yes PLEASE.

Aaaaand last but certainly not least, one of my favorite recipes–these awesomesauce ice cream cone cupcakes! They’re SO cute and surprisingly a cinch to make.

But I wan’t the only one looking out for your backyard BBQ. Ohhhhhhh no. There are other dedicated bloggers out there that want you to eat yummy stuff. We’re basically all in a secret club to get you fat. I’m sorry.

Check out these treats, perfectly festive for the Fourth (or just straight-up delicious) from other awesome bloggers!

Dorothy’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes 
Ashton’s Lemon Meringue Pie Dip
Flavors by Four’s Patriotic Mini Cheesecakes
Cupcakes For Party’s Chocolate Dipped Strawberries 
Six Sister’s Stuff’s 4th of July Fireworks Cookies
Lady Behind the Curtain’s Celebration Pretzel Sticks
Aimee’s 4th of July Meringue Cookies
Jocelyn’s S’mores Popcorn Munch
Ashley’s Cheesecake Popsicles
Nikki’s Layered Patriotic Drinks
Sally’s Skinny Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Dip
Ellen & Jacqueline’s Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Frambroise
Averie’s Peach Mango Pineapple Sangria
Karly’s Corn Dog Bites
Kristin’s Strawberry Sorbet
Shawn’s All American Cake

Um, holy cow. Can you say tasty talent? For serious, I got some mean competition. These girls play hard.

Anywho, that’s my roundup–I hope y’all enjoyed!

Now pretty please–tell me your plans for the Fourth. And pretty pretty please, someone tell me they’re also wearing American flag clothing. Por favor?

xo, Hayley


  1. thanks for linking me up! and there are more treats here than I know what to do with…and I love that! 🙂

  2. Hayley!!!!!!! I’m obvs so glad it’s Friday too but guess what? I woke up and thought it was Saturday. What a bummer, right?! Grrr…. now I’m here at work stalkin your blog and drooling over all of your linked up recipes. I missed those lemon cheesecake bars and honestly think I might make them soon. I love my lemon desserts! Thank you for linking me up! Such a sweetie. Have an awesome FRIDAY!

    • OMG, I know! Usually later in the week I get pumped thinking “it’s Friday!!” and realize it’s Thursday and I work for two more days 🙁 anyway, lemon desserts rock–I am obsessing over those oatmeal lemon bars you made and want some!

  3. I totally want to get American Flag clothing. Methinks we need to go shopping together. 🙂 I can’t even pick one of your treats to say “oooh, I love that one” because, really, I love them all. Thanks for the shout out too. 🙂

  4. So much goodness here! I seriously need like 5 hours of alone time with my computer to go through all of your posts that I’ve missed. I’m gettin hungry here! Happy weekend, girl!

  5. It has been super hot here. Stay cool if you do go for a walk…it sounds super fun though!! Such a great roundup of all your treats…I missed a few of those so I’ll have to check them out! And thanks for including me in your roundup…it was a fun surprise to see my popcorn there;-) You are right about it being some serious competition…but hey, I think we can all have our own strengths and can still have fun promoting each other. That’s what it is all about right? Have a great weekend girl!

  6. What a great round-up, Hayley! You make the most awesome stuff! And thank you for featuring my popsicles! =) Ugh, it’s like a million degrees here (110 today!), so I think we’re heading to the pool on the 4th. Have a super weekend!!!

  7. Thanks so much for the shout-out on my pie, Hayley! I only wish I was more organized and could do more of these kind of shout outs. Well, at least do one! Someday…Have a wonderful 4th!!

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