Here are some great ideas to help you plan your next fourth of July party. Choose ideas from the list to suit your budget and party needs and have a Happy Fourth!
Fill a bowl with rice or floral foam and stick mini flags into it to be used a table centerpieces
Hang red, white and blue bunting around porch eaves
Tie bunches of red, white and blue balloons together to decorate the party space
Groups a variety of red/white/blue candles together in hurricane holders for evening entertaining
Roll plastic silverware settings in a fourth of July party themed napkin and tie with a piece of July 4th themed ribbon or a twist gift wrap garland
Using fourth of July themed papers, cover empty cans with it to hold flowers, pretzel rods, breadsticks, licorice sticks etc. You can also tie a weight onto the end of the balloon ribbons and set inside a paper covered can.
Assorted cheese & crackers
Assorted chips & dips
Vegetables with dips
Corn-on-the-cob with individual butter squares on ice
Salt potatoes with melted butter
Macaroni and potato salads, coleslaw and green salad with dressing
BBQ chicken, ribs, shrimp
Red & blue jello parfaits layered with cool-whip
Yogurt or vanilla ice cream layered with blueberries and strawberries
Flag sheet cake frosted with stars & stripes
Cupcakes decorated with sparklers
Red, white and blue popsicles
Star or flag shaped and frosted sugar cookies
Vanilla ice cream topped in strawberry or blueberry sauce or red/white blue sprinkles
Pretzel rods with ends dipped in melted white or semisweet chocolate and then dunked in red/white/blue sprinkles
Red and blue colored kool-aid
Offer flavored syrups and seltzer to make own flavored drinks
Assorted bottled beer and soft drinks
1 1/2 oz Tequila Cracked ice Tonic water Lime wedge
Pour tequila over the ice in a highball glass. Fill with tonic. Stir and garnish with lime wedge.
Star Spangled JELLO Shooters
4 c Package Jello* 2 c Boiling water 2 c Liquor**
*Any flavor. **86 or 100 proof vodka or rum - (don't use 151)
Dissolve the Jello in the boiling water and let it cool.
Add the liquor. Pour about 1/8 to 1/4 cup into little paper cups and chill.
Independence Day Lemonade
1 part Jack Daniel's bourbon 1 part triple sec 1 part sweet-and-sour mix 4 parts lemon-lime soda
Combine all ingredients and serve this refreshing drink over ice.
Born on the Fourth of July
1 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur 1 1/2 oz sloe gin cream or half & half
Pour blue Curacao into an ice-filled Collins glass. Carefully layer both the sloe gin and cream on top of the ice. (The result should be a blue and red drink with tendrils of white shooting through the colors.)
Egg on spoon race
Water balloon toss (or egg toss)
Let people decorate their own glass with glass paint pens
Mix several drops of food coloring in several colors into a tablespoon of baby or vegetable oil and pour into a glass jar of water. The food coloring drops will "explode" into colorful streams
Have the kids take turn rolling the coffee can to make homemade ice cream or take turns turning the handle in a hand-crank ice cream maker.
Provide bubbles and assorted wands & blowers for younger kids
Paint finger & toenails in 4th theme for the girls
Face painting stars & stripes
Tie dye shirts in patriotic colors
Fill red/white/blue balloons with confetti and paper streamers, inflate & pop later to release the contents