How to Throw the Best 4th of July Cookout with Kids

How to Throw the Best 4th of July Cookout with Kids

Fourth of July cookouts are one of the best ways to make fun out of the summer heat. There’s no better way to bring people together than with food. Whether you’re at the beach, the pool, or in your own backyard, consider incorporating these elements into your 4th of July cookout party.

Cooking on grill.Cook on the Grill

There’s a certain smoky aroma associated with the 4th of July, and it isn’t the smell of your uncle burning his eyebrows with cheap fireworks. Nothing beats being outside while the air is filled with the fragrence of food grilling over a fire. Cooking on the grill is key to throwing the best 4th of July party. The menu wouldn’t be the same without authentically grilled hot dogs and burgers.

 

Fire PitHot dogs over fire pit.

If you are throwing a party with both kids and adults, you might want to try splitting up the menu accordingly. Kids love burgers and hot dogs, but the adults might prefer something a bit more special. One great idea is to light a fire pit for the kids. Give them skewers so that they can grill their own hot dogs. While this does require supervision, your kids will have a blast — and learn a little about cooking, too.

 

Smoked ribs.Branch Out with Your Menu

For the adults, you might want to try one of our premium cuts of steak. We also offer a variety of prepared sides, including summer BBQ classics like potato salad and pasta salad. Best of all, our pre-prepared meals give you more time to spend with your family. You could also consider adding in a shrimp boil. These are fun, tasty and they look amazing spread out on tables! Add a personal flare to your menu with different 4th of July recipe ideas.

 

Don’t Forget the SweetsWatermelon slices.

The most important sweet treat of this holiday isn’t a dessert at all—it’s watermelon! Watermelon is the best summer fruit. Its slight sweetness is not too overpowering for the summer heat, making it perfect for your cookout. Another key sweet treat you must include in your cookout is banana pudding. This classic dish is served cold, which makes it apt for the hot summer months. It’s also a fan favorite amongst the kids.

 

Ice cream machine.Make Your Own Ice Cream

As if banana pudding and watermelon aren’t enough, we have one more dessert option for you. There’s something special about the taste of homemade vanilla ice cream. Buying an affordable ice cream machine and putting your kids to work is a great way to enjoy this great taste while keeping your kids occupied and having a blast. To top it off, set up a topping bar so that guests can customize their homemade ice cream bowls.

Text by Martha Kendall Custard

Scavenger Hunt Day 6

Scavenger Hunt Day 6

Our Market Table Unicorn stayed close to home, as she’s a big fan of Homewood and all the “city” has to offer.

Find a unicorn she left behind, and you’ll get a free $20 gift card to Market Table.*

*Limit one per customer.

Scavenger Hunt Day 5

Scavenger Hunt Day 5

The Market Table Sloth has a great view of the city from some of Vestavia’s infamous Classical architecture.
 
Redeem one of the sloths she left behind for a free smoked chicken and two sides.*
 
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Day 4: The Market Table Dinosaur

Day 4: The Market Table Dinosaur

Dinosaur pops.Our tiny T-Rex wanted to take a stroll, so she headed towards Birmingham’s loveliest gardens.

Find one of the dinosaur pops she left behind, and you can redeem it for a free prepared meal at Market Table.*

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Day 3: The Market Table Panda Bear

Day 3: The Market Table Panda Bear

Panda bear toy.Our Market Table Panda Bear loves children and the outdoors, so she went to pass part of the morning in one of Homewood’s most well-known spots. See if you can find her climbing the caterpillar.

She left behind some tiny cubs. Find one, and you can bring it in for a free meal kit.

*Limit one per customer. 

Day 2: The Market Table Shark

Day 2: The Market Table Shark

Shark toy.Our Market Table Shark went looking for water, but it’s hard in this urban landscape. He did the best he could at one of Birmingham’s newest and most-visited parks.

He left behind some little sharks. Find one, and you can bring it in for a free lunch item.

*Limit one per customer.