The best part about Independence Day—fireworks and summer activities, aside—is how simple is can be to celebrate. Unlike other major holidays, where one or a few family members are tasked with cooking the majority of a meal (I'm looking at you, Thanksgiving), the Fourth always takes on a more relaxed vibe. The only exception I've found, is the dessert. For as simple as the main meal can be—a potluck, or burgers on the grill—Fourth of July desserts are almost always elaborate and time-consuming, whether a blueberry pie, American flag cake, or "fruit-tart flag." But creating an adorable and patriotic dessert doesn't have to be time consuming! This Funfetti Strawberry Shortcake Bar is a great way to indulge, without doing a ton of work. The do-it-yourself aspect makes it easy for guests to personalize the dessert to their own preferences- and is assembled in under 20 minutes.
To "make" it, I baked two sheet pans of white cake, folding in red, white, and blue sprinkles. Once cooled, I used a biscuit cutter to slice single-serving rounds, which I set out on a large serving platter. Then I selected my favorite red and blue fruit—strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries— slicing a few of the strawberries to make it easier for guests to add to their dessert. Just before serving, set out a bowl of homemade whipped cream, sweetened with a little powdered sugar, and have them layer away! There's no right or wrong way to do it, but I'm partial to the technique below, with as many layers of whipped cream and berries as can fit. Have a happy Fourth!
P.S., You can shop my Fourth of July essentials here (including this cute garland!), and if you're looking for more Entertaining Ideas, check out my past posts on a DIY Biscotti Bar and Dumplings + Cocktails night.