Get your red, white and blue on with these patriotic craft projects, recipes and ideas for a Fourth of July party.
Gather your friends and family and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining and recipe ideas for this year’s Fourth of July celebration. From festive flag banners to star-spangled desserts, it’s bound to be the most memorable shindig of the summer!
Fourth of July DIY Decorations
You can easily set the scene for your summery soiree with a Bunting Flag Banner made with scrapbook paper or card stock. Then welcome guests at your doorstep with a Patriotic Ribbon Wreath fashioned from your stash of scrap fabric.
To show your true patriotic colors, adorn your table with a Layered Sand Centerpiece. For an even more festive touch, add nostalgic Paper Pinwheels (so simple to make!) These can double as fun favors for your guests to take home.
Guests on the move playing horseshoes, croquet, or other lawn games can easily forget where they set down their cup. Make it easy for them with our Printable Drink Tags, which instantly identify the owner of that blue cup. And keep utensils at hand and neatly organized with these Patriotic Picnic Table Canisters made simply from recycled tin cans. (Bonus: they can help keep pens, markers or crafting supplies organized long after the party’s over.)
Fourth of July Food Ideas
With a just a little imagination, you can make your party menu as aah-inspiring as the fireworks. Whether it’s a classic burgers and hot dogs on the grill or fried chicken and potato salad, your meal can end with some truly outstanding desserts. Salute the Stars and Stripes with American Flag Berry Pie or Crispy Star Pops.
Or go for seasonal fruit, featured in rave-worthy Patriotic Pizzas and an eye-pleasing Patriotic Dessert made with fresh berries and pudding. Another cool treat—red, white and blue Ice Cream Cupcakes—will delight kids of all ages.
Fourth of July Party Tips
Craft Editor Shalana Frisby suggests keeping little hands both busy and clean by covering a tabletop or two with a couple of layers of inexpensive Kraft paper or plain white wrapping paper. “Secure the edges with tape or adhesive putty and set out crayons and washable markers for kids to doodle,” she says. “And provide a few packages of wet wipes to clean hands and other surfaces afterward.”
Another fun idea: greet adults and kids with a big basket full of unwrapped gifts and let them choose their favor, a tip from CW stylist Pam Stasney . “For kids, it’s toys like jump ropes and yo-yos; for grownups, it’s stationery, playing cards and the like, all inexpensive and festive, and usually purchased at the dollar store.”
What’s the Fourth of July without some good tunes to listen to while celebrating America’s birthday? Give these a spin:
- Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
- Back in the USA by Chuck Berry
- Surfin’ USA by The Beach Boys
- R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. by John Mellencamp
- America the Beautiful by Ray Charles
- This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
- Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
- The Star-Spangled Banner by Whitney Houston
- God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood
- Living in America by James Brown
- America by Neil Diamond
- Rockin’ in the Free World by Neil Young
- Only in America by Brooks & Dunn