The Best 4th of July Party Ideas

Abigail Sawyer | 13 Jun 2014 | Seasonal Trends

Whether you're having a blowout 4th of July party, or just want to make this year's family gathering more special, we've rounded up the best snacks and décor for the occasion.

Read on for lots and lots of 4th of July party ideas.

4th of july party ideas

Patriotic Ice Cubes

Make simple drinks fun and fruity with raspberry and blueberry ice cubes.

4th of july patriotic ice cubes


DIY Old Fashioned Flag Bunting

This classic flag bunting makes us think of breezy front porches, barbershop quartets wearing straw hats and 4th of July celebrations of yore.

DIY 4th of July Bunting

Via HMH Designs.

Fun Fourth Photo Backdrop

Make giant tassels with tissue paper and mylar and drape across an empty wall for an instant photo spot.

4th of July Photo Backdrop

Via Fab.

Red, White and Blue Dipped Strawberries

Make the season's best taste even better with white chocolate, coconut and sprinkles.

4th of July Strawberries

Via The Outlaw Mom.

USA "Snow Cone" Cupcakes

Your eyes deceive you! These mini cupcakes look like shaved ice, but they won't end up as a multi-colored puddle at the end of the night.

red white and blue snow cone cupcakes

Via Bakerella.

Super Simple 4th of July Centerpiece

All you need is hydrangeas and mini flags. What could be easier?

patriotic flag centerpiece

Via Oh My! Creative.

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwich Pops

Delight kids with these easy treats. Just cut sandwiches in half, pop them on a stick and roll in sprinkles.

mini ice cream sandwich pops

Via Living Locurto.

Party Jello

There's a special trick to these color blocked treats. Tip the glasses to one side while the jello firms up, and then layer on more colors.

4th of july jello

Via Lea's Cooking.

Toothpick Flag Wreath

You've seen these mini flags before. They're the kind that waiters stick in a hamburger when you order one in a foreign country. Stick a bunch of these in a styrofoam wreath to make your front door a little more festive.

toothpick flag wreath

Via Oodlekadoodle Primitives.

Carve A Watermelon

Who says that Halloween's the only holiday where you carve giant fruit? Use these to decorate your serving table, and then chow down after dinner.

carved walermelon

Via Better Homes and Gardens.

Chevron Ribbon Wreath

Another easy 4th of July wreath - Just wrap chevron ribbon around the form, tie fabric scraps together to make poofs, and glue on paper stars.

chevron ribbon wreath

Via Etsy seller Bopsidoodle.

DIY Hand Print Flag Shirt

Infants and adults will be proud to sport a homemade flag shirt.

DIY 4th of July Shirt

Via Dream Book Design.

American Flag Cake

Impress guests with this easier-than-it-looks layered flag cake.

Fourth of july cake

Via The Secret Life of a Chef's Wife.

Patriotic Bandanna Tablecloth

Sew or glue red, white and blue bandannas together to for a country-inspired Fourth of July tablecloth.

Bandana Tablecloth

Via Me and My Insanity

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  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw