Easy is always good. Here are a few ready made items that can easily be made into festive tidbits for patriotic holidays. Or, with any other colors besides red, white and blue, some purple and gold would be great for Mardi Gras, pastels for Easter and gold, red and orange for fall.
Or how about your favorite team's colors for the tailgate for the big game.
Sometimes cooking from scratch gets trumped by ease. No shame in that game.