Simple 4th of July Treats to Make with Your Kids

We are coming upon the season of all things red, white, and blue! We will be grilling and chilling with family and friends. Maybe camping in the great outdoors or enjoying days in the water. This holiday is a time to celebrate, but there are also great treats to make with your kids. These 4th of July treats, guaranteed to please your crowd, require less baking and more memory-making.

Almost Homemade Pound Cake Trifle

Look in your grocery’s freezer section for any vanilla pound cake. Grab one along with instant vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and strawberries. Whip up the pudding according to the directions, cut up that cake and strawberries, then get those littles to help you make the layers. You can mix the whipped cream with the pudding or add the whipped cream to the very top. Make it fun and mix it up! No baking, no fuss.

pound cake trifle with strawberries

American Flag Tray

No recipe here either! Gather all the red, white and blue treats you can find and layer each on a tray. Think blueberries, yogurt-covered pretzels and/or raisins, strawberries, and cherries, too! Arrange as close to a flag as possible then stand back to admire your Pinterest-worthy creation.

American flag fruit and snack tray

Fruit Sparklers

If you have a small star cookie cutter on hand, cut a watermelon into little stars and arrange at the top of a kabob stick. Add a handful of blueberries to the bottom, and boom – a fruit sparkler for your guests. Bonus – it’s a nice break from all the sugar. You’re welcome, moms!

Red, White, and Blue Charcuterie

Take that same small cookie cutter and find your favorite sliced cheese to cut out some stars. Use these cheesy stars to decorate a festive charcuterie board – crackers, sliced meats, fruit, olives and nuts. These boards are always a hit at gatherings. Add things red, white, and blue to complete your festive feast!

star cookie cutter with blueberries inside

July 4th Jello Cups

For this less of a mess treat, get small plastic cups from a local grocery or party supply store. Make strawberry Jello and blue Jello. Now, have your kids simply layer Jello, whipped cream, more Jello, and top with mixed fruit. Your smaller guests will be able to grab one and go!

Happy Birthday to the USA!

three kids in red white and blue with plastic star glasses

Houston Moms, what are you plans for the 4th? If you are the host, tell us what you’re making. Even better, let us know if you make one of our 4th of July treats!


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Kim R. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but is a Texan now! She graduated from Texas A&M University {Whoop!} in 1999 and moved back to Houston to start her high school teaching/school counseling career. That Houston move resulted in meeting a cute next door neighbor at her apartment complex who later became her husband. Kim and that cute neighbor moved to the Cypress in 2005 where they now raise Griffin {October 2008} and Emmy {August 2013}. Life has had some hardships, and Kim is open to sharing her story of enduring grief and encouraging moms to take care of their mental health. Her other passions include reading all the books, watching reruns of Friends, sweating it out at Orangetheory Fitness, and a good margarita. Kim also believes in working hard to make each day better than the one before. Read more on her blog –


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