Fourth of July Party Ideas

Here are some tips for Fourth of July decorations and food, which will help you create a gathering to remember. 

We already know the colors for the event—red, white, and blue. Trying to use them in new ways will get a few “oohs” and “aahs” from the guests. A basic white tablecloth on the picnic or patio table allows you to add more red and blue in the items on the table without making it look too busy. 

Separate paper plates in a dish rack on the party table. That will keep them on the table and ensure that everyone gets a single plate. 

Give each guest a personalized drink cup. Tape Red, white, and blue ribbon around each cup. Let the kids write the name of each guest on a ribbon with a fine-tip marker.

Fill each cup with a napkin, a straw, and utensils so you won't have to set these items out on the table in other places. 

Children can help decorate the outside of the house or the front porch to welcome guests to your home. 

Make a starred wreath for the front door of the house. Use a basic wreath form that can be found at any craft store. Have the children cut out large and small stars to cover the wreath. In the center of the wreath put a banner that reads, “Happy 4th of July!”

Use small flags to decorate the tables in the backyard. Stick the flags in glass bowls that have been filled with red, white, and blue balls. After the meal, the kids can each get a couple of the small rubber balls and play. 

Food for the celebration should be light and full of flavor. Fourth of July Recipes are here. 

It wouldn’t be a party without hamburgers. For less fat, use the leanest hamburger you can find. Add diced onions and green peppers to the burger mix. If you have vegetarians at the party, offer them veggie burgers as an alternative to the traditional beef. 

Serve a variety of fresh raw vegetables on the side. 

Make your own potato wedges using russets and sweet potatoes. 

Grilled corn on the cob is juicy and tender. The corn grills right in its own husk. 

Whatever you decide to serve, make the most of the occasion with family and friends. Create fond memories that will be talked about until next year’s celebration.

More Tips for a Stress-Free Fourth of July party:

Here are some tips to help you make your barbeque a breeze. 

Purchase red, white, and blue paper napkins, paper plates, flatware, a tablecloth, and cups. You may wish to buy streamers, balloons, and party hats, as well. Pick up some decorative invitations and sparklers, if available. 

Check the barbecue to ensure it’s clean and ready for use. You’ll need charcoal, too. If it’s a gas barbecue, make sure the tank is full. 

Clean the patio furniture. See to it that your backyard is ready for your guests.  

Decide on the menu. Make a list of what you’ll need.
Call friends and family you’ll be inviting to the party and ask them if they would like to bring a special dish. Write down everyone’s contribution. Once you have the menu set, you can then decide on the dessert. Perhaps a flag sheet cake, adorned with sparklers, would be ideal for the occasion. You can either bake the cake yourself or order it from a bakery.

Write out the invitations. Have them ready to send. You may want to include a little note asking everyone to wear red, white, and blue outfits. Add an RSVP, with a caveat, asking what dish they will bring.  

The day before the party, prepare all of the side dishes (at least those that people aren’t bringing) and have them ready. Have the hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs ready to go. Have your family help to decorate your backyard with streamers and balloons. Set up a buffet table so you can utilize it for drinks, sodas, and all of the paper products. 

On the Fourth of July, you wake up to find it’s a gorgeous day.  You are feeling great, calm, and ready to celebrate. Have your spouse set up the barbecue so that as soon as the guests arrive, the coals are nice and hot. This is one stress-free Fourth of July party you’ll always remember. Don't forget the camera.