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7 Creative Ideas for Your 4th of July Party

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A well-executed 4th of July party can be one of those perfect summer moments that everyone remembers. It has all the right elements – friends, family, yummy food, cute decor, and good ol’ patriotism. If you are hosting a 4th of July party this year, chances are you’ve searched for some ideas on Pinterest – and that can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, we’ve done the footwork for you. From 4th of July treats and food to decorations, we’ve narrowed down seven of our favorite ideas.

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1. Streamers and Lights

streamers and lights

Decorations don’t have to be complicated – throw up some outdoor string lights and layer them with red, white, and blue streamers. The result looks effortless and beautiful. Source: Style Me Pretty

2. Candy Favors

4th of july candy favors

Send your guests home with these adorable candy favors arranged to look like an American flag. Start by partially filling a cellophane bag with blue candies to stand in for stars. Then add red and white candy sticks to mimic stripes. Source: Martha Stewart

3. Fabric Scrap Flag

fabric scrap flag

For a photo backdrop or simply as outdoor decor, make this cute American flag using fabric scraps. To create the stripes, layer strips of torn fabric with bits of lace, ribbon, ric rac and pom-pom fringe. Create the “stars” by sewing or glueing buttons onto a piece of frayed denim. Source: Craftiments

4. Patriotic Lanterns

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To create nighttime ambiance, make these super easy American flag lanterns. You’ll need glass jars, fabric flags from the dollar store, and Modge Podge Gloss. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of each flag, and then attach it to the jar – smoothing out any wrinkles. Then apply one more layer of Modge Podge to seal the flag to the jar. These would make beautiful centerpieces, or could be lined up along the walkway to your party entrance. Source: Modge Podge Rocks

5. Hot Dog Bar

4th of July hot dogs

For cuisine, you’ll need all-american classic cuisine – hot dogs! For a fun twist, serve them as part of a hot dog bar. Use cute paper trays and layout a selection of toppings and condiments. Finish it off with a paper star garland for extra festive vibes. Source: Lia Griffith

6. Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle 

berry trifle

A refreshing berry trifle is perfect for dessert. Layer whipped cream, pound cake, strawberry jam, and berries for this beautiful and decadent dessert. To make it even easier, use store-bought pound cake. Serve in one large trifle dish, or individual glasses. Source: Celebrating Sweets

7. Watercolor Straw Flags

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Your drinks deserve the 4th of July treatment too! These watercolor flags are so cute, and could not be easier to make. Print out the templates from Oh Happy Day. Cut the flags out along the lines, then wrap the tab on the flag around the straw and glue. Be sure to leave space at the top so your guests have room to sip.

For party ideas using a kiddie pool, check out the post here.

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Erica Young

Erica Young is a freelance writer specializing in home decor and organization. She believes your home should make you happy, no matter how small your budget.

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