A Country Western 4th of July Celebration


Celebrate July 4th with a red, white and blue country western gathering.  We purchased mini bales of hay to create a rustic centerpiece.  Then removed the labels from some empty soup cans and filled them with flowers for a pop of color.  Added a few country western items and a cute cow bell and our table was ready to rock the USA.



Here’s where we purchased all of our items.


A Country Western 4th of July

Burlap tablecloth – Hobby Lobby

Hay – Hobby Lobby

Cow Bell – Hobby Lobby

Plates – Bed, Bath & Beyond

Glasses – Walmart

Bandanas – Oriental Trading

Party favors – Hobby Lobby

Tags – Micheal’s



Sweet Slaw

Makes 8 servings



1 16-ounce bag coleslaw mix

2 tablespoons diced onion

2/3 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon poppy seeds



Combine coleslaw mix and onion in large bowl.  Whisk together remaining ingredients and blend thoroughly.  Pour dressing over slaw mix and toss to coat.  Chill at least 2 hours before serving.


Cowboy Beans

Makes 16 servings



3 28-ounce cans baked beans (we used ones with brown sugar and molasses)

4 15-ounce cans Cattle Drive Chili®

1 onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup sweet pickle relish

1/4 cup sweet pickle juice


*Cattle Drive Chili® can be found at Costco®.



Combine all ingredients in crock pot and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours.  To serve sooner, heat in a large pot stirring occasionally until heated thoroughly.



Grilled Corn on the Cob

Makes 8 servings



8 ears of corn

1 tablespoon Kosher salt





Heat grill to medium.


Pull the outer husks down to the base but do not remove.  Strip away the silk from each ear of corn by hand.  Fold husks back into place and place the ears of corn in a large bowl of cold water with 1 tablespoon of salt for 10 minutes.  Remove corn from water and shake off excess.


Place the husked corn on the grill, close the cover and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes, or until kernels are tender.  Remove from grill and turn grill on high.  Remove the husks and return to grill just to add grill marks to your corn about a minute on each side.  Serve with the butter.


Hint – If using corn out of season add 1 tablespoon of sugar to the water along with the Kosher salt.



Gorgonzola Burgers

Makes 6 servings



2 lbs ground chuck, 80/20 mix

1/2 cup chives, chopped

3 tablespoons Arizona Chipotle Rub

4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup crisp bacon, crumbled (substitute: real bacon bits)

1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tomatoes, large, sliced (recommend Heirloom if available)

6 hamburger buns, toasted onion



In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck, chives, Arizona Chipotle Rub, gorgonzola cheese, crumbled bacon and Worcestershire sauce.  Mix well. Cover and allow to stand for about an hour to allow flavors to marry.  Form into six 1/3 pound burgers.  Grill over medium high heat until cooked to desired doneness – about 6 minutes per side.  Move burgers to side of grill and toast buns.  Assemble burgers with lettuce, sliced tomatoes and your favorite condiments.


*This recipe is from Arizona Rub LLC





Serve bottles of ice cold Root Beer.  Add ice cream and make Root Beer Floats!


Hand out country western party favors filled with salted shelled peanuts.



Wrap silverware in a red or blue bandana and place inside a Mason Jar mug.  That way, it keeps your silverware, napkin, and drink all contained in one spot.  Wrap twine around the mug and adhere a cute little tag.


Happy 4th of July!



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