Outdoor Fourth of July Party Ideas

porch, red white and blue decor, rocking chair
Our outdoor 4th of July party ideas will help you host a festive celebration. With these ideas for table settings; red, white, and blue decorations; food stations; and more, your party will go off without a hitch.

Grass Stars

These stars couldn't be simpler to make. Just cut a star pattern from cardboard and sprinkle flour inside the lines for an instant outdoor 4th of July decorating idea. As a bonus, they're kid- and pet-safe!

Chill Out

Decorative buckets are every party host's best friend. Fill them with ice to chill drinks and ice pops, or use them to stash sparklers and other fun party supplies. The best part is there's no serving required—guests are welcome to help themselves!

Mixed Company

Hosting a picnic doesn't mean you can't set a proper table. Mix things up a little with cheery red, white, and blue decorations. Gingham napkins contrast with the patterned blue plates and linens, while fresh red blooms stand out as a centerpiece.

Table Trim

Your Fourth of July outdoor decorations can double as party favors. Set the table with these adorable napkins. Place a box of sparklers on a basic cloth napkin, then wrap the whole package in a festive ribbon.

Classy Candles

Dress up a plain glass votive holder with ribbon. Use hot glue to secure festive ribbons to the glass, then put one votive at each place setting. The same trick can be used on glass flower vases.

Lovely Lanterns

To create this dreamy look, use sheer white curtains as walls for your outdoor room. Stretch wire between support posts on your porch, then drape the curtains from them. A collection of buoyant paper lanterns floats above the table. Attach them to the ceiling with wire.

Berry Refresher

Thanks to natural flavors, the drinks in these pitchers are especially refreshing. Float raspberries, blueberries, cucumber, watermelon, and more in ice water or lemonade for cool summer sips.

Front and Center

Add patriotic flair to your centerpieces by dressing clear glass vases with American flags. Fill the vases with blue and white blooms, and voila! Super easy Fourth of July party decorations.

S'mores Station

S'mores are a summertime staple, but they can be a bit of a hassle to make. Take out the mess by prepping individual s'mores kits for each guest. Use red, white, and blue napkins to help the kits double as outdoor 4th of July decorations.

Snack Center

Keep guests well fed with an outdoor snack center. Stock dry snacks, chilled beverages, and sweet treats that your guests can grab whenever they're hungry. Dress up the station with linens and flags so it matches the rest of your 4th of July outdoor decorations.

Cute Carvings

Move over, Mr. Jack-O'-Lantern—there's a new fruit in town. Create instant Fourth of July party decorations by carving watermelons. Use stencils to etch words, stars, numbers, and other simple shapes.

Festive Throws

Keep your porch stocked with extra blankets, hoodies, and jackets for guests who get chilly once the sun goes down. Choose throws in patriotic colors for added decoration.

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