Easy 4th of July Party Ideas
Beautiful Bar Decor
Glam up your party's drink area with a red, white, and blue garland over a Bloody Mary bar. This cute Fourth of July decoration is made from dip-dyed fans hung on a length of string. A canister full of more colorful fans lets guests grab-and-go whenever they need to beat the heat.
Make a patriotic banner that really stands out! Fold and glue strips of cardstock into letters that form a word or phrase. For rounded letters like the "C" shape, drag the paper strip under the edge of a ruler from the center to the edges, similar to the way you would curl a ribbon. Hole punch the top of each letter and string it into a festive banner that's perfect for a Fourth of July party.
Juicy watermelon hacks can make a sweet statement for any 4th of July party. Using stencils and a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, carve festive notes as a celebratory memo. Display your assortment of various-shape watermelons on your porch, deck, or even as a fun centerpiece for your snack table.
Watermelon Fruit Kabobs
A fresh assortment of sweet melon kabobs creates an all-star look for any 4th of July table. Skip the expensive bowl and use half of a carved-out watermelon instead; fill the watermelon with a delicious fruit salad and add the fruit skewers to the salad. For kabobs, cut melons with mini cookie cutters and thread onto skewers for a starry display.
Simple Star Banner
A pretty Fourth of July decoration adds instant party style. It's a cinch to make: 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.
Red, White and Blue Slushies
Mix up a batch of red, white and blue desserts for your party guests. These slushies start with a base of frozen lemonade, and get their color and flavor from a few tasty mix ins.Try cherry juice and vodka for red slushies, cream of coconut and rum for white, and curacao and blue raspberry lemonade for the blue frozen treats. Yum! Top each one off with a dipped strawberry, and add DIY oilcloth coasters for an extra patriotic touch. Get the recipe and napkin instructions in our free party kit!
Red, White, and Blue Table Setting
Go all out with pretty, patriotic patterns for your Fourth of July feast. Look for blue and white dishes at a local thrift store. Then dress the table with red-and-white gingham napkins, a blue tablecloth, and festive party centerpiece.
Berry Patchwork Tart
Brighten up your 4th of July bash with a berry-embellished tart. Use a variety of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries to create playful, patriotic squares, then drizzle with fresh honey-mint syrup to finish.
Soak Up the Sun
4th of July Flags
Independence Day decorating is easier (and cheaper) than you think! To make these flag-inspired pennants, cut paint-chip cards from your local hardware store into triangles. Using a hole punch, cut two holes at the top edges of each triangle. String together using white ribbon, separating triangles about 1 inch apart.
4th of July Flowers and Candles
Apple-Berry Pie in a Jar
Bake these adorable apple-berry pies, then send them with your guests for a sweet way to end your patriotic bash. All you need are fresh berries, sugar-brushed pastries, and cute canning jars. Use a simple star cutout to add an extra flair to this fun 4th of July dessert.
Festive Welcome Sign
Patriotic party ideas? Check! A red, white, and blue decoration helps guests find their way to the party of the summer. Get the look by adorning a faux lifesaver with blue stick-on letters.
Red Hibiscus Tea
Refresh your holiday crowd with a large pitcher of one of our favorite 4th of July drinks. This bright ruby-red tea matches the tartness of hibiscus flowers with sweet cinnamon sticks and a spoonful of honey. This rejuvenating tea will go fast in the summer sun, so be sure to make two pitchers.
This tossable version of tic-tac-toe is one of our favorite Fourth of July outdoor games for kids. Cut a 20-inch square from a painter's drop cloth; turn back the edges and press with an iron. Use duct tape to finish the edges and mark squares. Sand-filled muslin sachet bags—color coded with duct-tape strips—mark each player's spot.
Build Sand Castles
A beautiful beach and some summer sun are all you need for the perfect 4th of July celebration. Keep kids occupied with fun 4th of July activities by having them build sand castles. Top the peaks with American flags for a festive finish.
Tiny flag party picks become a wow-worthy centerpiece with the help of a few simple DIY tools. Cover a foam wreath form with crepe paper, then add flag picks until the wreath is completely covered. Complete the 4th of July centerpiece with a glass hurricane and your favorite candle.
4th of July Sparkler Party Favor
Make your 4th of July soiree one to remember with these dazzling sparkler party favors. To create, you'll need a color printer, white cardstock, scissors, a crafts knife, a cutting mat, and of course, sparklers. Print pages on cardstock, then cut out the designs and use a crafts knife to cut slits along the white dotted lines. Slide sparklers through the slits so that the words show on top of the sparklers. Be sure to remove the sparklers from the paper holders before lighting.
Festive Food: Summer Dogs
Grilled hot dogs are a must for any 4th of July bash. We top ours mile-high with fresh garden veggies such as vinegar-tossed tomatoes, crunchy corn kernels, lettuce, and onion for a refreshingly tangy topper.
4th of July Coasters
Awe 4th of July guests with these celebratory coasters. To make them you'll need a color printer, white cardstock, scissors, 4-inch-diameter round chipboard coasters, spray adhesive, and a matte-finish clear spray. Print page on cardstock, then cut out the designs. Spray chipboard coasters with spray adhesive and press cutout designs to adhere. Spray with clear finish and let dry.
These personalized napkins are a clever and inexpensive way for guests to keep track of their drinks. How to make them? Well, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply use iron-on numbers at the corner of each cocktail napkin and say goodbye to annoying mix-ups.
Colorful Napkin Holders
Summer's big hurrah is as casual as they come. Skip the fancy decorations and get creative with some basics from the hardware store. Here, we use paint-chip strips as napkin rings. Simply wrap and tape.
Dress up drinks with cherry-laced ice cubes and faux fireworks. Simply roll red scrapbooking paper around a wooden skewer, then adhere with double-stick tape. Use scissors to cut festive fringe.
Any open basket works to make this easy 4th of July centerpiece. Just fill with decorative grass, baseballs, and red and blue croquet balls. A few tiny flags add festive flair.
Use striped lanterns from a crafts store as a festive centerpiece for your 4th of July bash. Fit the lantern over a white glass and fill with white blooms. Line up a few down a tablescape for a memorable finish.
All-American Skillet Beans
Looking for Fourth of July recipes that will please a crowd? Delicious baked beans are bound to be a party-time favorite. Chop yellow and red tomatoes and place them on top for a yummy touch.
Red, White, and Blue Shooters
It's official—these are the most patriotic 4th of July drinks ever! Layer grenadine, peach schnapps, and blue curacao for easy, colorblocked 4th of July cocktails guests will love.
More 4th of July Fun
Get your house guest-ready with a few simple holiday touches. From patriotic centerpieces to pretty Fourth of July decorations, we have hacks for whipping your home into tip-top shape.