We interviewed Sarah Hubbell, editor-in-chief of Emma Magazine, about her 4th of July entertaining dos, don’ts and emergency fixes. Here’s what she had to say about swimming, sunshine and sangria!
Q: What’s your favorite thing about July 4th entertaining?
A: We lucked out as one of the only families we know with a pool, so we find ourselves hosting July 4th again and again! I love having friends that feel like family over for a day filled with swimming and sangria. Capping the evening off with fireworks always feels magical.
Q: Oh no! It’s raining and your 4th of July party is set to start in a few hours. What do you do?
A: That’s a tough one for an Arizona girl to answer, since rain in the desert is so rare! If it was a bigger party, I’d set the dining table up as a buffet of finger-type foods and allow guests to mingle around the house. Light a few candles and turn on the music and I’m sure no one will miss the outside!
Q: What’s your go-to menu for July 4th entertaining?
A: Grilling! Shish kabobs are my go-to when entertaining a lot of friends since it’s easy to prep different kabobs for different dietary preferences. If you assemble kabobs and marinate ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about cooking until just before everyone gets hungry.
Q: Tell us an easy twist on a classic July recipe.
A: I have two! First, I like substituting frozen grapes for ice in sangria. It’s already teeming with fruit, and you don’t have to worry about it getting watered down. Second, watermelon is such a classic summer snack. To make it fitting of a July 4th party, I take a star-shaped cookie cutter and make little melon stars. Toss with a few blueberries for a festive fruit bowl!