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Add some flair to your table at your Fourth of July party by adding a red, white, and blue crepe paper streamer around the edges. Apply double-stick tape to the edge of the table, pinch the crepe paper to create pleats, and place it on the tape. You also can run a stitch line through the crepe paper to create extra pleats.
Welcome guests with a patriotic bunting, made from a bit of fabric and yarn. Measure the length of the fence or porch area you want to decorate and add a few extra inches for the ends and gathers. Buy red-and-white fabric plus a ball of yarn. Starting at one end, gather the fabric about every 24 inches and secure the gathers with yarn. Use more yarn to attach the fabric to your hanging spot.
A pretty swag adds instant party style and stores easily for use next year. It's a cinch: Cut out an equal number of stars from red and blue tagboard (use the first one as a guide for cutting the rest). Coat the stars with crafts glue and sprinkle with glitter; let dry. Add a grommet for hanging on one point of each star and string onto ribbon. Hang the garland to announce that the party starts here.
A Bubble Wrap hopscotch course in the garage is an easy way to keep kids entertained for hours! Seek out colorful wrap or paint the backside; add numbers with stencils and spray paint. To prevent slipping, place double-sided adhesive tape to the underside of the squares.
These containers are super easy to create and are simple for storing snacks while you watch the fireworks. They make a great crafts project for kids, too. Pick up an assortment of red, white, and blue take-out containers (check your favorite crafts or party store) and go wild with stickers, ribbons, and other festive embellishments. Fill with your favorite treats and enjoy the show!
These super easy flip-flops make fun keepsakes for your guests and are great to wear while watching the fireworks. Pick up some pairs of red, white, and blue flip-flops in a variety of sizes. Hot-glue glow-in-the-dark stars to the straps and you're done!
These cup covers are perfect for keeping your guests' drinks chilled at your party. Decorate them with fun stickers, paint pens, and rhinestones to add that extra-festive touch.
Any open basket works to make this easy centerpiece. Just fill with decorative grass, baseballs, and red and blue croquet balls. A few tiny flags add festive flair.
Decorating your table in red, white, and blue can be fun and eclectic. Let a cut star shine through a patterned plate by placing a clear plate on top. Make your dessert tray crackle and pop by placing red and blue tea-light candles on the bottom tier. Stick mini flags in the center cupcake on the top tier for a showstopping display.
Fill a blue tub with ice and a variety of cold beverages for your guests to enjoy. Throw a towel with a flag on it over the edge and place in a common area of the party.
Display a cake with festive flair: Fold 2-inch sections of a red, white, and blue streamer into accordions. Hot-glue each to the bottom of a white cake stand for a patriotic twist.
Your guests will love these sweet apples and they're a cinch to make! Use your favorite type of apple -- McIntosh or Jonathan work best -- dip, and enjoy.
Keep your guests cool with this sweet treat. Prepare the night before your bash so it has plenty of time to freeze. Serve with blueberries.
These parfaits are simple to make, beautiful to display, and delicious to eat. Layer your favorite berries in a tall, clear serving glass and let your guests enjoy.
Put a twist on the classic beverage by adding sweet strawberries. Serve with lots of ice!
Get your house guest-ready with a few simple holiday touches.
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