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Fun Ideas For A Patriotic 4th of July Party: Dishes, Supplies, Games & More

By Grace Nakimura on June 28, 2018

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What a better time to gather all of your friends and family together to throw a party than the 4th of July? Not only is this patriotic day meant to be shared with loved ones, but this summer holiday should be celebrated with pride and love for this great country of freedom. The best way to show your American spirit is through hosting a party full of 4th of July decorations, food and fun. Need some ideas on how to throw a memorable 4th of July party that will keep your guests reliving the moments all summer long? Here are our July 4th party ideas for you to use, to give your party the extra something special.

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Watermelon Everything

Shopping for seasonal ingredients for your party will not only help keep the budget low, but will give you the most flavorful and colorful food for your party. What screams summer more than watermelon! There are several ways to use this vibrant and delicious fruit at your 4th of July party.

First, buy several whole baby watermelon and use these as canvas for decorative watermelon carve-outs. Use a pumpkin carver to write festive messages like “July”, “4” or “Star” and “Stripes”. The green rind contrasting with the exposed bright pink flesh will give you the pop of color for fun [and edible!] centerpieces for your tables.

Another way to utilize this family favorite fruit is by slicing up a large ripe watermelon and using a star shaped cookie cutter to create watermelon star shapes. Use wooden kebab sticks to display these watermelon treats as one of your great 4th of July side dishes.

 

Simple Star Banner

A banner can take a normal backyard BBQ to a whole new level of festive party. So if you are looking for some simple July 4th party ideas, a simple hanging banner is the best place to start when gathering together a list of 4th of July party decorations. In order to achieve this classic patriotic look, use some sturdy card stock in the classic American flag colors of red, white and blue. The most simple way to create your star cutouts is to find a star stencil to trace, this will ensure that your stars are even and gives your banner a professional look. String several cardstock stars together with some brightly colored string and hang across doorways or outdoors for an instantly fun and decorative appearance. Elevate your banner by covering your stars in sparkling glitters or adding different sized stars to layer on the strand to create a fun and funky look.

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Ombré Flags

If you are tight on time and want some last minute 4th of July party supplies to add a little flair to your summer party, adding some decorative ombre flags can be just the needed trimming to turn your party from average to festive. Stop by your local hardware shop and find some tricolor paint chip cards in version of red, whites and blues. Use these paint chip cards and cut them into ombré triangles, using a hole punch, cut holes on the edges of the triangles an string together these flags to create a long decorative strand of beautifully colored ombré flags to add as trimming to your tables, chairs or windows for a perfect July 4th party decor.

 

Sparkler Party Favors

Give your 4th of July soiree a dazzling sense of fun with these sparkler party favors. To create this little gift, purchase a bulk box of classic stick sparklers and bunch them into bundles of 4 or 5. Using some colorful string and card stock, wrap the bunch of sparklers with the string into a nice bow and write a festive message on the card stock. Cut two slits in the card stock and slip the bunch of sparklers into the slits in order to create a put together and unique 4th of July party decorations and a fun gift to give your guests.

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Girl holding sparklers on 4th of July

Apple-Berry Pie In A Jar

Give your guests the sweetest treat to take home with them after your July 4th party. Find some individual canned jars and bake individual Apple-Berry pies using fresh fruit, sugar and brushed party dough, add a cute little star cut-out on the top for an added touch of festivity. Not only are these little apple pies a great gift to take home, but they are the perfect 4th of July food and a great accompaniment as a thank you to any 4th of July party invitation. Find the best recipe for you to bake and make these gifts your own by adding colorful ribbons, or twine to create a true keepsake gift.

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Classic And Fun Tic-Tac-Toe

Give your guests the sweetest treat to take home with them after your July 4th party. Find some individual canned jars and bake individual Apple-Berry pies using fresh fruit, sugar and brushed party dough, add a cute little star cut-out on the top for an added touch of festivity. Not only are these little apple pies a great gift to take home, but they are the perfect 4th of July food and a great accompaniment as a thank you to any 4th of July party invitation. Find the best recipe for you to bake and make these gifts your own by adding colorful ribbons, or twine to create a true keepsake gift.

When deciding what kind of 4th of July party games to provide at your summer party, consider a simple classic like Tic-Tac-Toe that the whole family can enjoy together. To bring this classic pen and paper game to life, find yourself a large piece of painters drop cloth, turn back the edges and press with an iron to create a smooth square shape. Use some colorful red or blue duct tape to fit the edges as well as mark the squares. To make the bags that will be used as player markers, sand fill some muslin bags, and sew shut. Color code each players bags with strips of colorful duct tape to create an easy to use game that any person of any age can participate in at your party.

Whatever the occasion, a summer party is often filled with outdoor settings, lots of food, laughs and fun. But especially during a holiday like 4th of July, where family and friends drive and fly from all over to come together to celebrate in festive glory, a party is more than just a party, it is often steeped in tradition and full of long lasting memories. Keep those memories dear to your heart by setting up a 4th of July party to remember. Your party ideas will become the center piece for the memories for years to come!

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