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Published June 18, 2014 by
Fourth of July comes at the perfect time; we need a holiday to get us through until Thanksgiving! While we celebrate our independence, we also use the 4th as a time to have parties, get together with friends and family, and break in the new grill. Here are some fun Fourth of July party themes to consider before your big bash.
Stars and Stripes. The centerpiece of any July 4th party is the flag, and you can proudly display your stars and stripes in other ways. You can find stars and stripes pennants, decorations, candle holders, window clings, plastic tablecloths, paper plates, and balloons.
If you don’t want to buy them, make your own. Buy white balloons and draw (or delegate this to your children) blue and red stars. Yes, it’s a bit backwards, but your color theme is right on! Draw the flag on a plain plastic tablecloth and litter it with stars. Buy some inexpensive red, white, and blue bandanas at the dollar store and stitch them together for a quick, patriotic table runner.
Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to make cookies, brownies, sandwiches, rice crispy treats, pineapple, or cantaloupe or pipe stripes onto baked goods with a decorating bag.
Red, White, and Blue. You can combine this with your Stars and Stripes theme or do it separately. Choose red, white, and blue decorations; they do not have to be “special” Fourth of July items; look for discounted solid color items like tablecloths, plant pots, cups, etc. You can carry your theme to your food: serve juicy strawberries and watermelon, cheesecake with cherries, blueberries and whipped cream, blue and red punches, popsicles, cupcakes, cookies, and more.
If your guests are willing, have them dress in red, white, and/or blue. Have a face painting station for children so they can choose a patriotic design: a red, white, or blue star, a mini flag, or USA in all three colors; or let children try a 4th of July-themed craft project.
All-American Games. Celebrate Independence Day with fun, traditional games. You can go to your backyard and travel back in time to do: relay races, sack races, baseball games, basketball games, three-legged race, water-balloon tosses, or a good game of tag with Super Soakers.
You can also serve some all-American favorites like grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, chips, potato salad, corn on the cob, fruit salad, apple pie, fried dough, and ice cold beer or soda.
Fireworks! Is your favorite part of the Fourth of July the fireworks? If so, why not make them last all day or evening. A fireworks-themed party will be fun for everyone, and, if you time it right, it can culminate with a big show in the sky if your town or city puts on a display.
You can decorate your cupcakes with white frosting with bursts of color, shining shimmering metallic decorations, large glitter on the tables, flickering candles, colored light bulbs, and colorful Chinese lanterns with bulbs. Give guests glow sticks in various colors and arm them with confetti guns. When the sun goes down, put on your own fireworks display with sparklers (or check with your town or city to see what you can do for private fireworks, if you have room in your budget).
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. What could be more American than getting together with friends, chatting over a hamburger, and having a beer in the backyard? The best part of the 4th of July is that we are celebrating us. We don’t need fancy themes, expensive decorations, or Martha Stewart-worthy centerpieces. We need good friends, good food, and cold drinks. Make sure you have plenty of each on hand, a big backyard, and citronella candles to keep away unwanted guests.
This Fourth of July throw a party that no one will forget!