Easy Fourth of July Party Hacks

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Make your Independence Day party one to remember with these fun Fourth of July hacks. Looking for last-minute entertaining ideas? We've got easy ideas for patriotic decor, food, and crafts. Plus, get our best tips for displaying the red, white, and blue.

Fourth of July Banner

Head to your local paint supply store for this simple Independence Day decoration. Create a handmade Fourth of July banner using paint color swatches. Simply cut them into triangles and string them on a piece of thin rope. 

Easy DIY Drink Garnish

Add some fireworks to your 4th of July cocktail! Create a DIY drink stirrer with a long toothpick and some scrapbook paper. Simply cut a strip of colorful paper and fringe the long edge. Place a toothpick in the corner and roll the paper up. Secure the paper with a dab of glue. 

Festive Flag Centerpiece

This patriotic hack is as easy as ordering mini flag picks. Look for them at party supply stores. Simply poke them into a foam wreath form and finish with a tall faux pillar candle. Now that's an easy 4th of July decoration. 

Outdoor Star Decor

Celebrate the stars and stripes with an outdoor Fourth of July decoration that's fun and festive. To create the ultimate holiday lawn, place a star stencil on dry grass. Sprinkle on flour and remove the stencil. Once the party's over, use a hose to clean up your lawn stars.

Easy Treat Boxes

Dress up your 4th of July buffet with a bunch of handmade treat boxes. To make, simply attach red, white, and blue stickers to purchased take-out containers. This patriotic craft doubles as a festive party favor. 

Grab and Go Drinks

Don't get stuck making drinks at your summer party,! Prepare a big-batch cocktail ahead of time. Pour the drink into individual serving cups. Place them over ice just before party time. 

Easy Party Snack

Celebrate the red, white, and blue with this easy 4th of July snack. Simply create white paper cones and fill with the season's best berries. Stick to patriotic colors for your Independence Day buffet. 

Patriotic Servingware

Make the founding fathers proud with a trio of DIY beverage tubs. This easy party hack is as simple as using stencils to paint on patriotic phrases. Use them to display party drinks, ice pops, and snacks. 

Stamped Silverware

This easy 4th of July party hack ensures your table is functional and festive. Use letter stamps to customize inexpensive wooden spoons with a patriotic message. 

Easy Party Decor

No need to run out and buy a bunch of new outdoor decorations. Deck out your Fourth of July party with things you already have! Using white as your base, add pops of red and blue with year-round party staples like lanterns, flowers, and vases. Uncle Sam would be proud. 

Donut Hole Pops

Need a quick party dessert? Make patriotic pops! Start with purchased donut holes and dip them in melted white chocolate. Add a few red, white, and blue sprinkles, and you're done!

Sweet Star Dessert

Use a cookie cutter to create a festive 4th of July dessert. Simply cut purchased cake into star shapes and drizzle with melted ice cream. Finish this easy dessert with a sprinkle of fresh berries. 

Red-White-and-Blue Donut Shortcakes

Donuts aren't just for breakfast! This party dessert hack is as easy as tossing a baker's dozen on the grill. Served the patriotic dessert with fresh whipped cream and berries. 

Fourth of July Skewers

Need a last-minute party dessert? Start skewering. Fresh blueberries, raspberries, and marshmallows make the easiest 4th of July dessert we've ever seen. Use mini marshmallows for a truly bite-sized treat. 

Chocolate-Dipped Cherries

It's hot, don't turn on the oven. Make an easy party dessert with just three ingredients. Dip juicy fresh cherries in melted white chocolate that's been colored with a few drops of red food coloring. Or get creative and make them in red, white, and blue. 

Easy Activity Idea

Need to keep the kids entertained? This fun 4th of July activity brings the fun and the fireworks. Lay out a long sheet of white paper and small trays of paint. Create star-shaped stamps by cutting drinking straws and bending them. 

Star-Shaped Watermelon

Your Fourth of July party is no place to serve basic slices! Serve up juicy fresh watermelon in patriotic star shapes. Use a cookie cutter to get perfect shapes. Add them to your summer party spread or toss them into your favorite fruit salad recipe. 

Pretty Place Cards

No need for fancy printed place cards. Your outdoor party should be casual—like these adorable lemon wedge boats. To make them, cut a lemon in half and slice the bottom so it sits flat. Top with a toothpick that's covered in a triangle of patterned paper. Add a written name topper and your patriotic table is done! 

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