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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Your 4th of July party is bound to be summer’s biggest celebration. Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, and entertaining ideas for this year’s 4th of July celebration. Your 4th of July party is bound to be summer’s biggest shindig when you include these easy to make festive star banners, refreshing watermelon coolers, and more.

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.

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Need cute serving suggestions for ice cream, pudding, trifle, or other messy desserts? Look no further than individual Mason jars. Add an extra dose of patriotism by decorating wooden serving utensils with 4th-of-July-themed stamps.

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Juicy watermelon makes 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.

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A pretty swag 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.

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These are the decorations I made last year for 4th July. It was the first time I made Pinwheels! Those are so much fun!!! These were mostly made from recycled items.

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Adorn your 4th of July table with cheery candles and darling vases wrapped in patriotic paper. All you need are scissors, colorful paper, clear candle holders, a vase, and adhesive. Add to the festivities with a customized matchbox wrapped in coordinated paper:

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It’s game time with this tossable version of tic-tac-toe. 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.

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Have a low-key, go-barefoot, splash-in-the-lake kind of day this 4th of July. Set out festive lounge chairs, beach towels, and other summer essentials to help make your party relaxing and enjoyable. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!101885914.jpg.rendition.largest.jpg

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.

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Bake these adorable apple-berry pies, then send them with your guests for a sweet way to end your 4th of July bash. All you need are fresh berries, sugar-brushed pastries, and cute canning jars. Use a simple star cutout to add extra flair.

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Greet guests with ice-cold glasses of fizzy watermelon sippers. Using red and blue tumblers, a large ice-filled cooler, and a large jug, you can create a festive 4th of July display. Place in a common area of the party for guests to enjoy.

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The Dollar Tree has lots of party items, be sure to check them out!

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. For kabobs, cut melons with mini cookie cutters and thread onto skewers for a starry display.

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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.

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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.

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  • Party Decorations: Watermelon Carve-Outs

    Juicy watermelon makes 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.

  • Party Decorations: Simple Star Banner

    A pretty swag 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.

  • Party Decorations: 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.

  • Party Decorations: 4th of July Flowers and Candles

    Adorn your 4th of July table with cheery candles and darling vases wrapped in patriotic paper. All you need are scissors, colorful paper, clear candle holders, a vase, and adhesive. Add to the festivities with a customized matchbox wrapped in coordinated paper.

  • Party Decorations: Beautiful Bar Decor

    Glam up your party’s drink area with a red, white, and blue garland. 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.

  • Party Decorations: Festive Welcome Sign

    Patriotic party ideas? Check! A red, white, and blue welcome sign helps guests find their way to the party of the summer. Get the look by adorning a faux lifesaver with blue stick-on letters.

  • Party Activity: Tic-Tac-Toe

    It’s game time with this tossable version of tic-tac-toe. 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.

  • Party Activity: Soak Up the Sun

    Have a low-key, go-barefoot, splash-in-the-lake kind of day this 4th of July. Set out festive lounge chairs, beach towels, and other summer essentials to help make your party relaxing and enjoyable. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

  • Party Activity: 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.

  • Party Favor: 4th of July Sparklers

    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.

  • Party Favor: 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 4th of July bash. All you need are fresh berries, sugar-brushed pastries, and cute canning jars. Use a simple star cutout to add extra flair.

  • Party Favor: 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.

  • Table Setting: Numbered Napkins

    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.

  • Table Setting: Watermelon-Mint Cooler

    Greet guests with ice-cold glasses of fizzy watermelon sippers. Using red and blue tumblers, a large ice-filled cooler, and a large jug, you can create a festive 4th of July display. Place in a common area of the party for guests to enjoy.

  • Table Setting: 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.

  • Table Setting: 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. For kabobs, cut melons with mini cookie cutters and thread onto skewers for a starry display.

  • Table Setting: Cherry Bombs

    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.

  • Table Setting: Red, White, and Blue

    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 4th of July centerpieces.

  • Table Setting: Flag Centerpiece

    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.

  • Table Setting: Sporty Centerpiece

    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.

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    Table Setting: Lantern Centerpiece

    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.

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    Plain foam beverage insulators become canvases for creativity on the 4th of July.

    Make the craft: Dress up store-bought red, white, and blue drink holders in patriotic style by using paint pens and attaching sticker stars and stripes.

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    Celebrate your love for the grand ol’ U.S.A. (and for your hometown especially!) with this super simple 4th of July craft.

    Make the craft: Press high-tack fabric adhesive to the back of blue canvas fabric. Print a shape of the mainland from the Internet, trace on canvas, and cut out. Remove adhesive backing; follow directions to adhere to a red canvas rectangle. Cut felt in the shape of your state; layer stars to mark your hometown. With embroidery floss, whipstitch around the state and make a French knot in the center of the stars. Sew a rod pocket at the banner top, insert a wooden dowel, and hang with ribbon.

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    Life, liberty, and happiness — honor the words from the Declaration of Independence in your 4th of July decor. These galvanized tubs hold snacks, drinks, and sparklers for the celebration.

    Make the craft: Coat large galvanized tubs with white metal primer. Then paint each tub a different shade of blue. Use letter stickers to spell “life,” “liberty,” and “happiness” on the tubs.

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    For a quick and easy addition to your 4th of July party, try making a fun game everyone will enjoy.

    Make the craft: Rinse and clean six metal cans. Paint patriotic stripes with acrylic paint. Let them dry for a few hours before handling.

    Play the game: Stack the cans in a pyramid and toss beanbags to knock them down for a fun, all-ages yard game. Whoever knocks down the most wins!

    Editor’s Tip: You also can plant flowers in each can and use them as table centerpieces.

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    Start the party on a patriotic note with these adorable Lady Liberty crowns. They’re easy to make and mess-free, too — no glue required.

    Make the craft: Purchase 12×18-inch sheets of green crafts foam, then use crafts scissors to cut out each one using the free pattern as a guide. You’ll end up with a wide band shape with spikes. Make a slit at the base of each spike, as noted on the template, then thread the spikes through the openings. Slide the whole crown onto a plastic headband.

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    Set the table for some 4th of July fun with a star-spangled place mat.

    Make the craft: Apply high-tack fabric adhesive to the back of white canvas fabric. Cut a variety of star sizes. Remove adhesive backing from each star and press firmly onto ready-made red and blue place mats. Embroider a French knot in each star center.

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    Welcome your 4th of July crowd with a fun and festive wreath on the front door.

    Make the craft: Purchase a 12-inch wire wreath form and red and white tulle from a crafts store. (Our tulle pieces are 2-1/4 yards long by 54 inches wide.)
    Cut 35 strips of each color that measure about 6×15 inches each. Simply knot the tulle onto the wire, switching colors after every five knots. Finally, curl a piece of blue star garland into a circle and tie it to the wreath with a small piece of tulle.

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    I wanted to make a easy, fast wreath that kids or anyone can really do. You’ll need about 3/4 yd of any fabric of your choice, just looks better with 3….or more! You can mix it up any way you want, or use colors that go well with the room.

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    I crafted this Patriotic Metal Floral Vessel. I purchased this metal basket after Valentine’s Day a few years back at a craft store. They have these hanging baskets all over in craft stores, and Walmart. It was calling out to me to ‘Up Cycle’ please. With Memorial Day today, this is a great gift to give a special neighbor friend.

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    Check out the tutorial at: https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/11/08/metal-floral-vessel/

    Who doesn’t love a great 4th of July parade? Even small kids can easily assemble these patriotic batons and wave them high while waiting for the next float with candy to pass by.

    101218377.jpg.rendition.largest.jpg So check out the Dollar Tree for all the materials. You know the dollar patriotic solar lights, use those for the wand. Just remove the top. Run some tissue paper through your shredder, or they also sell bags of the shredded paper. Cut out cardboard stars, paint and decorate with stars!

    Have Fun Crafting!!

     

 

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43 thoughts on “Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

  1. I love the 4th of July. The watermelon carving looks like it would be easy, but I feel like those end up being the hardest projects! haha Have a good rest of the week!

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      1. That would be so patriotic and so cute. Do you have a big fourth planned? Whatever your plans are I hope you have a safe and wonderful fourth.

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