10 Easy and Fun Fourth of July Party Ideas

posted: 06/27/18
by: Katie Morton

Looking for a little inspiration to turn a ho-hum gathering into a 4th of July-themed blast? We've got a few ideas for tasty treats, creative d?cor, and even a few games to enliven your Independence Day.

1. S'mores Kits


A bonfire and s'mores elevate your average summer party to one your guests will remember for years. You can make these festive 4th of July s'mores kits using inexpensive items like metal pails, mini flags, and telescoping skewers. Don't forget the marshmallows, graham crackers, and of course the chocolate. Use them to make s'mores at the party, or if a fire isn't an option at your soiree, then send guests home with these kits as party favors.

2. Stick a Flag in it


If you're really stumped about how to make your party scream "Independence Day", just go to your local dollar store and find red, white, and blue decorations and apply generously to your table--and even the foods you serve. Want a simple way to turn plain berries into supercharged 4th of July berries? Stick a flag in it. It's that easy.

3. Festive Table

While strawberries and blueberries get a fair amount of play on the 4th of July, watermelon might be underutilized as a festive touch on the Independence Day table. You can use a star cookie cutter to amp up the love of country displayed by your watermelon. We also like the detail that went into painting the mason jar cutlery holders, the flag made of berries on the cake, and the red, "white" and blue fruit skewers utilizing raspberries, pineapple, and blueberries. Fancy star cookies optional.

4. Red White and Blue Jell-o Shots

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For those of us looking for an excuse to act--ehem--younger than we really are, there are red, white, and blue Jell-o shots. Yum!

5. 4th of July Cookies


This cute cookie cutter set is a sure way to set the patriotic mood. Have fun decorating these sweet treats.

6. Fireworks Snacks

If you're looking for grab-n-go snacks to munch while watching the fireworks, look no further than these tasty bundles of red licorice.

7. Gingham and Polka Dots


Stars and stripes, of course. But what about gingham and polka dots? There's something about the easy-going nature of these patterns that go really well with a 4th of July themed summer party.

8. Carnival Games

Set up a few easy games around the yard to keep kids and adults alike entertained. Pictured here are the Coke-bottle ring toss and balloon darts. You could extend the games to the lawn and set up badminton, bocce ball, croquet, and more.

9. Rice Krispy Treat Cake


We are really digging this Rice Krispy Treat Cake decorated with red and white striped paper and rocket and star flags. The "snap, crackle, pop" flags are reminiscent of the boom of fireworks.

10. Sparkler Hand Protectors


Love playing with sparklers, but dread the "ouch" caused by flying sparks? Protect your guests' tender hands by poking the end of your sparklers through a decorative cup.

We are all for celebrating freedom, so use these ideas as inspiration and feel free to go create your own 4th of July fun.