Kid-friendly 4th of July Dessert Ideas We Pinned So You Don’t Have To

Happy Fourth! We rounded up the easiest, tastiest desserts for you and the kids to make this weekend.

The Paperless Post has deployed. The hot dogs and accompanying buns (yes, gluten-free too) are on the Whole Foods order list. The Spotify playlist? You’re basically ready to go on tour with The Chainsmokers. 

Then you remember the shorter attendees: the children. They need their own set of activities and, most importantly, interesting treats. We scoured the most creative foodies on Pinterest to find you a plethora of red-white-and-blue treats kids will love.

The Trending Treat: Tie-dye Fudge

Created by: Taste and Tell 

Stats: Vegetarian, gluten-free

Serves: 32

Adult needed? Yes. Put kids in charge of adding the color and stirring up a storm.


4th of July dessert: Tie-dye White Chocolate Fudge
Image: Taste and Tell

The One Adults Won’t Feel Embarrassed Eating: Fruity Jello Cups

Created by: The First Year

Stats: Gluten-free

Serves: Undetermined, but recipe states 1 box makes approximately 4-5 cups.

Adult needed? Yes. We suggest you make the jello and the kids make it look pretty.


Image: The First Year

The One You’ll Have Zero Guilt About if They Eat Three in a Row: Yogurt Popsicles

Created by: The View From Great Island

Stats: Vegetarian, gluten-free

Serves: 10

Adult needed? Yes, for mixing. Younger ones can have fun pouring the fruity mix in the molds. (Warning: Details-obsessed kids will get serious about making sure the stripes are even.)


4th of July yogurt popsicle dessert
Image: The View From Great Island

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Hilaria Baldwin is Here For The Me-Time Commitment

Hilaria Baldwin was currently in a car with four kids under the age of six listening to the Shrek 3 soundtrack, and somehow sounds completely cool, calm, and collected.

“What do you wish you could tell your pre-kid self,” I ask her.

She begins to answer, “The one [thing] that everybody says is, “I wish I had slept more,” but is interrupted by a series of missed calls from her husband. “Alec keeps calling me,” she says. “You know what, maybe that’s what it would be. It would be that everybody is going to want something from you and it’s really okay to step away and say you need a minute.”

Here, Baldwin talks “me-time,” how to talk to your kids about health, and the most unexpectedly awesome part of parenting four kids.

What do you wish you could tell your pre-kid self?

When you’re pregnant with your first, people are always like, “Enjoy sleep now, because this is the last time you’re going to sleep.” To be quite honest, you can’t sleep in advance. You actually have to sleep regularly.

What does one free hour to yourself look like?

One of my favorite things to do is go out for a run. I use that time to disconnect. When I’m running, literally nobody knows where I am. It’s just this moment where I can run through the streets and for a whole 30 minutes, I can have me-time. I have learned it’s about doing small things throughout the day. For instance, in the morning and night, I take a bath, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. Little by little I’m trying to take more frequent moments. It’s like the whole sleep thing. You can’t just bundle together a lot of me-time and then kill yourself the rest of the time. You’ve got to be [taking] care of yourself.


You are well known for being the picture of health. How do you talk to your kids about health without going overboard or making them anxious? 

It’s about [focusing on the] feeling rather than the way you look. You don’t want to say, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t eat this because you don’t want to be fat’ or ‘you want to eat this because you don’t want to be too thin.’ You want say, ‘You want to eat this because you want to feel good.’ And if people can associate what they’re eating with how their body feels, then they are going to have a big leg up in life.


What does 7 a.m. in your house look?

Today at 7AM, I was taking a barre class, but every single day is different. I did an interview a couple days ago where they were asking me what my typical day is, and I literally don’t have one. Everybody’s a little jet lagged right now from [a trip to] L.A., so my kids have been sleeping really late which has been nice. I’ve used that time to get up and go work out.  


What does 7 p.m. in your house look like?

Evenings are a lot more typical. Around six o’clock we start having dinner and then we take a bath, then pajamas and stories and then bedtime. Usually by 7PM the boys are going down to sleep and Carmen stays up until about 8 o’clock.

What’s an unexpectedly awesome part of parenting?

One of the things that I feel really lucky about is that I get to see how many different kinds of people you can make. Alec and I had a girl first and thought, okay, [Alec] + Me equals that kind of girl. And then we had a boy. So you think, [Alec] + Me equals that kind of boy. And then, if anyone goes for a third child, you start to see, wow! Him + Me equals a boy that’s completely different. And in our case, the fourth one, Him + Me equals a boy that’s completely different from those ones. Everything is so science-based now, which is amazing, but there is something very magical and bit mysterious about where the soul comes from. I’ve really been able to marvel at that from having so many kids with the same gender. People really are born with their own personality. It’s really beautiful.


Catherine McCord, Founder of Weelicious and Co-Founder of One Potato, On Food, Free Time, And Family Life

Let me gush for a moment. Catherine, funny, smart, and STUNNING (might I add) is the kind of person you want to be around. Her Instagram (which you’ll want to follow. trust.) is a place of positivity, and somehow makes being a mom of three look effortless.

After having her first, she launched Weelicious in answer to her fruitless search for easy, fun, and healthy recipes that kids and adults both wanted to eat. From original cooking videos and recipes, plus, the authoring Weelicious: One Family, One Meal, Weelicious Lunches, and the Smoothie Project Cookbook (out January 2020), and the launch of One Potato, an organic, family-friendly food company solving the problem of what’s for dinner, Catherine is one busy powerhouse! We found a moment to hang on a recent trip to LA, chatting all things hectic days, free time (or lack thereof), plus the highs & lows of parenting.

One thing you wish you could tell your pre-kids self?

Life goes fast, so try to enjoy the moment and know that everything will work out as it’s supposed to.

What does 7 am in your house look like?

I wake up at 6 am so I can get a bit of work done and leisurely make breakfast. Every morning I whip up smoothies for our entire family packed with fruits, vegetables, and protein. If the kids are still hungry, I make them a piece of toast with avocado or nut butter. While they eat, I pack lunches, snacks, and we chat before heading out the door to start our days.

What does 7 pm in hour house look like?

Busy! Dinner time was getting later and later between work and the kids’ schedules. Therefore, we recently committed to dinner on the table by 6:30 pm, and it’s made a world of difference getting everyone to bed. We always eat dinner as a family as a way to relax, connect, and share our day.

An unexpectedly awesome aspect of parenting?

One of my biggest wins has been learning to turn difficult times into teachable moment for us all to grow. For example, Gemma will protest and throw a fit about washing her hands after dinner, even though she wants dessert, because in our house, no dessert until hands are washed and plates are cleared from dinner. When she finally calms her body, we are able to sit to talk about her big feelings, and if she’d only washed her hands faster, she could feel happier and get a treat sooner. Any time my kids aren’t at their best and do something they regret, I try to turn it into a calm, teachable moment.

An unexpectedly NOT awesome aspect of parenting?

With five people living in one home, it’s easy to feel like an assistant to my kids with picking up after them and fulfilling their every need. Therefore, I’ve learned to empower my kids by teaching them to get water when they’re thirsty, make their beds, and even make food when they’re hungry so I don’t feel like a short order cook.

What do you always find time to do with your kids every day, no matter how busy you are?

Reading or playing a game. At bedtime, every night, my husband and I take turns reading or playing a board game for 20 minutes with each kid to make sure they each get one on one time with us.


July 4th Activity Ideas From The Most Creative Parents We Know

In two months, we bet you’ll be texting your fellow parent friends, asking what the eff they have planned for July 4th. It’s one of those holidays you want to go hard on (Firecrackers! Stars! Stripes!), but have no business planning anything grand around. It’s summer, after all! You’re jamming four kids into a sedan running late to day camp relaxing!

Either way, you gotta get something together, and the requirements for the activities are fairly simple:

  • Can’t be too messy
  • Can’t take too long
  • Can’t require too much in-advance planning

We tapped some of the most creative moms we know to let us in on their most creative July 4th-inspired activities. We’ll remind you a week before Independence Day of these, too. Don’t worry.

Erica Domesek, Founder of P.S. I Made This, Mom of one


Name of Activity: Marble Oreos

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Perfect age group: 4 +

Messy Scale from 1-5: 2

Why it’s Great: it’s an edible art project! I also love the process for kids. It shows them how to create something amazing just out of a few items from the kitchen. From swirling the food dye to dipping your cookie into the colorful melted Chocolate, it’s fun for adults and kids to d together. It also teaches them a little bit about patience as they have to wait for the cookies to harden and dry completely.

How To: As easy as this

Follow Erica at @PSIMADETHIS

Rina Stone, Creative Director of InStyle Magazine, Mom of two


Name of Activity: Paper Lantern

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Perfect age group: 3-100

Messy Scale from 1-5: 5-Must be outdoors!

Why it’s Great: Everyone loves watching their lanterns float into the sky and follow them as far as they can. An open field is best. And it’s so colorful and magical when many are up at once.  

How To: For the simplest way, head to Feeling craftier? Check out this tutorial.

Follow Rina @rinajstone

Melissa Mondragon, Blogger, Mom of three


Name of Activity: Glitter Tape Flag Decor

How long it takes: seconds-30 minutes

Perfect age group: 4+

Messy Scale from 1-5: 1. All you have to clean up are the scraps and there is NO GLUE needed!

Why it’s Great: An art project that doesn’t include the possibility of paint spills or glue slip ups? Yes, please!

How To: For step by step directions, visit

Follow Melissa @no2pencilblog