If you’re anything like us, you’re looking forward to celebrating patriotism today by eating a lot of delicious summery food. Crowd-pleasing Fourth of July staples are so comforting, they’re practically begging to be included in wedding menus. But can they make it from the backyard grill to your reception table or cocktail hour? Definitely — it just takes a few elegant touches.
Photo: Revert Photo
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Mini Berry Tarts
Take advantage of summer's in-season berries. Topped with vibrant strawberries and blueberries, these mini cream-filled tarts just might be the sweetest (and prettiest) way to showcase your patriotic spirit.
Photo: Meghan Doll Photography
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Mini Cheeseburger Sliders
Big burgers slung from a spatula probably won't mix well with formalwear. Shrink the portions and add a cocktail skewer to turn these into wedding-friendly fare.
Photo: Amber Stricklin Photography
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Refreshing Wedge Salad
It can't be all burgers and fries -- you gotta get your veggies in. How better than a crisp, satisfying wedge salad? Pretty plating and a rustic-chic placard makes these classy hor d'oeuvres.
Photo: Kristen Peelle Photography
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Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Who doesn't love ice cream sandwiches on a hot summer day? Plus, the chocolate chip cookie component gives this all-American treat an extra dose of comfort.
Photo: Renaissance Studios Photography
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Bottled Root Beer Favors
The kiddos and adults alike will appreciate a chilled root beer. Make them wedding-worthy with cute personalized labels and "thank you" tags.
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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.