Summer in the backyard. Bubbles (adult variety in the glass, kid variety with wands). Sidewalk chalk. Ice cream grins. Entertaining in the summer is the best, right? Except when you’re running around and can’t enjoy it.

Here’s how to pull of the 4th of July shindig of the season without breaking a sweat.

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Forget cooking
When the temperatures heat up, the last thing you want to do is cook. So don’t. And give the grill a night off, too. Instead, check out Eddie’s of Roland Park’s catering menu online (Yes! They do small gatherings!), pick out a selection of cold entrees, and place your order. Yummy crab balls and gazpacho shooters add decadence without the hassle. Caprese salad is a fan favorite for all ages — toddlers included. Dessert is a simple and refreshing fruit tart. No baking required

Just be sure to place your order at least 48 hours in advance.

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Bevvies Made Easy
Is there a more perfect summer drink than a margarita? Didn’t think so. Add a little spice to your standard ‘rita with an organic ginger variety. Perfect compliment to zesty guac. Don’t forget the salt! A little strawberry lemonade for the kids and a pitcher of iced tea. Summer perfection.

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Mix Paper and Prints
White dishes are fun and practical, but sometimes you want to give your table a pop of color. Kohli Flick from Becket Hitch styled this table for us — mixing and matching striped paper plates and napkins with bold solid-color ramekins, serving dishes, and a fun striped paper runner. 

“Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns as long as the color palette is the same!” advises Kohli. (We’re guessing you saw the patriotic theme here? Perfectly chic for 4th of July!).

Simple flowers in plastic vases and battery-powered lamps add the perfect decorative touches — while being 100% kid-safe!

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Starters
Start with Eddie’s Crab Balls and Gazpacho Shooters made with freshly prepared gazpacho from their kitchen, served in chilled shot glasses and topped with a dollop of guacamole

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Selection of SaladsFrom Eddie’s Kitchen

Caprese Salad with fresh sliced mozzarella, Mediterranean Artichoke Salad, and Shrimp Caesar Salad. Serve with crusty LaBrea Rosemary Olive Oil Round

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Sweet Summer Ending
A gorgeous fruit tart

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Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Eddie’s of Roland Park and produced in partnership with Becket Hitch