Fireworks from the 46th!

For Independence Day, we celebrated a day early with friends and indulged in an all out fest of wild game sausage... and then some! We enjoyed the view of Chicago's famous July 3rd fireworks show, which were pretty much at eye-level from the view we had from our home. This was truly the best Independence Day fireworks show we've ever experienced! Thankfully we weren't camping out and dealing with the crowds like the many folks below us at the Taste of Chicago and Grant Park...

Sadly, I was without my camera during my preparations and party however friends were kindsenough to take some pictures on my behalf. Here was our menu and a few pictures (thanks Howard!) along with links to recipes of our fabulous spread... (more pics and recipe links to come!)...

Sangria Bar Cocktails
White Sangria
Red Sangria
Rose Sangria
Peach Iced Tea


Deviled Eggs with Fresh Thyme

Cheeseball Platter with Crackers
Pita Chips and Hummus

Wild Game Sausage Bar with Assorted Toppings
Lamb Merguez Sausage
olive tapenade & feta toppings

Buffalo Sausage with Chipotle Chilies
nacho sauce & salsa toppings

Elk Sausage with Pear & Port Wine
blue cheese sauce & caramelized onion toppings

Duck Sausage with Orange Liquor
mandarin orange glaze toppings

Wild Boar Italian Sausage
marinara sauce & grilled peppers toppings

Wild Boar Brats with Cheddar & Beer
cheddar sauce & caramelized onion toppings

Side Dishes

Classic Carrot Salad

Greek Chopped Salad

Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles
Assorted Chips


White & Chocolate Cupcake Tree

Flan Trio: Coconut Lime, Guava, Caramel

Mini Turtle Cheesecakes
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Mrs. Field's Mini Cookies Assortment
Nutella Cheesecake Truffles
Oreo Cheesecake Truffles

Here are some fabulous shots of the fireworks from Chicago's Monroe Harbor. It was such an awesome sight!


  1. Great views of the fireworks from your window!!! Happy 4th!

  2. What a great spread!
    That is awesome that you can watch the fireworks right from your window, what a great view!

  3. I think you truly have the most amazing parties of anyone I know. Your food looks delicious and such a great variety of items and the view is amazing. I don't think I would ever get tired of sitting by your window!

  4. Where did you get the sausages (or did you make them)? I'm thinking I want to start experimenting with making my own sausages (once I buy the meat grinder/sausage stuffer attachment for my KA).

  5. Hi Sarah! I got the sausages from Marx Foods. I have a post on homemade chicken & turkey sausages within my blog too...