Every time I think of summer, the first thing that comes to mind is longer nights, colder drinks, and endless parties. By the time Fourth of July comes around, most people have enjoyed a lot of backyard barbecues, plenty of mixed drinks, and enough treats to last a lifetime. Instead of partaking in the regulars of the aforementioned, finding a few red, white, and blue recipes for Fourth of July this year would be a pretty cool way to switch things up a bit.

Sure, you feel really patriotic when you throw on your American flag t-shirts and deck the house out with red, white, and blue decor, but why does it have to stop there? This year, add a little pizazz to your party and go full out with the colors. And, it doesn't just have to be with your desserts. When I first thought of the idea of having red, white, and blue foods at a Fourth of July party, my mind only went to desserts because they're easy to color. However, after seeing all of the possibilities there are, I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. Plenty of foods that we combine together create the three-color scheme that pour out from our nation's flag.

Just in case you're a little unsure like I initially was, these 19 recipes will help you see where to steer your menu for this year's festivities.

1. Red, White, and Blue Grilled Cheese

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Fourth of July will be extra festive this year with Ari Menu's recipe for this red, white, and blue grilled cheese.

2. Mixed Berry Clafoutis

Courtesy of Averie Cooks

I'm a huge fan of sweets, so a pan of mixed berry clafoutis from Averie Cooks recipes is sure to be on this year's cookout menu for me.

3. Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

Courtesy of Baked by Rachel

Keep your potato salad festive this year with Baked by Rachel's red, white and blue potato salad recipe.

4. Red, White, and Blue S'mores Stars

Courtesy of Bake Love Give

Perfect for the kids and the kid at heart of the party, Bake Love Give's red, white, and blue s'mores stars are sure to be a hit.

5. Snow Cones

Courtesy of Bakerella

Not the typical ice snow cones you may be used to, these cupcake version of snow cones from Bakerella are sure to fool anyone.

6. Red, White and Blue Cookies

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Made with blueberries, cranberries, apple butter, greek yogurt, and more, Ari Menu's tasty red, white, and blue cookies are a delicious treat for your guests.

7. Roasted Poblano Strawberry Salsa

Courtesy of Brooklyn Supper

If having a tasty and healthy appetizer on the menu for your Fourth of July extravaganza is a must, try making Brooklyn Supper's roasted poblano strawberry salsa with a side of blue chips.

8. Blackberry Gin Fizz Float

Courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker

Brown Eyed Baker's recipe for this blackberry gin fizz float is enough to quench anyone's thirst this Fourth of July.

9. Berry Parfait

Courtesy of Baked by Rachel

Surely better than your favorite restaurants parfait, Baked by Rachel's recipe for this berry parfait is a guaranteed party starter.

10. Patriotic S'mores Cookies

Courtesy of Bake Love Give

Who can resist the look and taste of Bake Love Give's patriotic s'mores cookies?

11. Red, White, And Blue Whoopee Pies

Courtesy of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Perfect for guests of all ages, these red, white, and blue whoopee pies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen will make your party memorable.

12. Blue Corn Nachos With Homemade Guacamole

Courtesy of Cookie and Kate

Homemade nachos and guac are totally my thing, so this recipe of blue corn nachos with homemade guacamole from Cookie and Kate are sure to grace my palate.

13. Peach, Blackberry, and Blueberry Graham Cracker Crumble

Courtesy of Cooking for Keeps

If your sweet tooth needs attention this Fourth of July, try making this peach, blackberry, and blueberry graham cracker crumble from Cooking for Keeps.

14. Red, White and Blue Layered Drinks

Courtesy of Brown Eyed Baker

A great drink choice for all ages, Brown Eyed Baker's red, white & blue layered drink will make everyone fall in love.

15. Red Velvet Cheesecake and Blueberry Trifles

Courtesy of Cooking for Keeps

Made in less than an hour, these coconut red velvet cheesecake and blueberry trifles from Cooking for Keeps are a go-to last-minute addition to your list of party edibles.

16. Mini Red, White and Blue Star Cheesecakes

Courtesy of Baked by Rachel

Show your patriotic spirit with these mini red, white, and blue star cheesecakes from Baked by Rachel.

17. Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

Simple yet deliciously filling, these red, white and blue cupcakes pulled from Ari's Menu are a great way to get the party moving.

18. Patriotic Pops

Courtesy of Bakerella

Want something a little more hands-free for your treat this Fourth of July? Try showing off your baking talents with Bakerella's recipe for these patriotic pops.

19. Fourth of July Steak Salad

Courtesy of Cooking for Keeps

Though there are a few other colors joining the reds, whites, and blues in this option, this Fourth of July steak salad should be your first draft pick for the party.