Food for Celebrating at an American Citizenship Party

by Sheryl Faber
Becoming an American citizen is a reason for a grand celebration.

Becoming an American citizen is a reason for a grand celebration.

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Becoming a citizen of United States is a great reason to throw a celebration with lots of authentic American food. Creating an exciting menu for the party is a way to share the special time with family and friends. The event can be held inside or outdoors and feature patriotic decorations and dishes.

Beverages

All-American beverages would include bottles of ice cold root beer and coke iced down in a galvanized tub, along with chilled bottles of locally-made beer. Sun tea and fresh lemonade served with lemon slices and mint sprigs would be thirst-quenching during an outdoor party. A bar set up to offer wine spritzers made with pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc or white zinfandel wines would provide light alcoholic refreshments suitable for anytime of the day. Swags of red, white and blue decorating in the beverage area would add to the theme.

Salads

Appetizers such as cheeses and assorted crackers, potato chips with an onion dip, shrimp cocktails or pastry-wrapped sausages would warm the guests up for the remainder of this American meal. Traditional foods such as coleslaw, potato salad, pasta salad and three-bean salad would continue the meal with a fresh note. Sliced watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe on ice would provide grab-and-go selections. Other offerings such as a cucumber salad, sliced tomatoes or molded gelatin would help fill guests' plates for this second round of fare.

Entree Items

A simple and casual citizenship party could consist of entree items such as hamburgers, hot dogs and brisket. Other items that could be added, depending on the budget, would be steaks, pork chops, lobster, clams, oysters, shrimp or any type of fish. These selections would also depend on crowd preferences, market availability and cooking requirements. Appropriate condiments, eating utensils and other accompaniments should also be provided for this celebratory event.

Starches and Vegetables

To continue with an Americana theme for a citizenship celebration, add vegetables such as corn-on-the cob, green bean casserole, or grilled squash. Starches such as garlic-roasted mashed potatoes, white and wild rice or home fries would complete the entree plate. Serve with homemade cornbread, buttermilk biscuits or warm popovers.

Desserts

Dessert can be as simple as a flag cake and chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies. Other great alternatives could include an ice cream sundae bar, peach or apple cobbler, homemade Popsicles or brownies. If the weather is cool or you have a caffeine-loving crowd, add fresh-brewed coffee and assorted hot teas to the dessert table.

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