There is not a day of the year that I adore more than the 4th of July! The red, white and blue, fireworks and great food all draw me in. It is the perfect day for a party! And the best part is with a little creativity a 4th of July party really comes together on a budget! Let me show you my favorite tips for 4th of July party planning!
Create a space for guests to see the festivities when they first arrive. I love to change up the decorations every year, while still using the same things in different spots. Above pinwheels were used to create a focal point. These were purchased from Dollar Tree and Party City. Don’t be afraid to purchase inexpensive decor! When used with other items they can look great!
Another option was created using rows of metallic fringe. Layer red, silver and blue to create a patriotic feel. Also to protect the surface of the chest glitter wrapping paper was cut to fit the top.
A burlap garland is an easy craft that can be done to add to the party decor. Cut out a flag pattern out of paper and use that as a guide to cut burlap flags. Then draw a star pattern or print out one from online. Use that to paint on stars with either acrylic paint or fabric paint, either will work. Once dry sew onto rope and you have a fun garland to hang either indoors or outside along a fence, etc.
Below is an example of reusing decorations in other spaces. The pinwheels from the entry were used another year as decor in the breakfast nook. Inexpensive Dollar Tree placemats work perfectly for once a year use. The fireworks make a great centerpiece and I will also detail next how to make the small ones!
The larger fireworks were purchased from Pier 1, but alone they were not substantial enough to fill as a centerpiece. For this reason, smaller fireworks worked perfectly.
To create the smaller fireworks start with styrofoam balls. The size can be varied depending on the desired outcome of the fireworks. Next, paint Mod Podge onto them using a foam brush and sprinkle glitter on. Allow to dry. While the styrofoam is drying get some toothpicks and spray paint them red, white and blue to correspond to the styrofoam balls. A great tip is to place the toothpicks in a shoe box while spray painting so they can be rolled around to get all the sides evenly painted. Once everything is dry poke the toothpicks into the styrofoam balls to achieve the firework look!
Party decor can be created using things around the house as well! For this centerpiece below, a mirror and lantern that I already had were paired with a 4th of July cutout, star confetti and star votive holders from Dollar Tree for a fun look!
For a party-ready mantle pull together red, white and blue items you may already have in your home. Add in a star garland or USA sign to tie in the theme. The birdhouses above I found at a thrift store and the USA letters I painted from cutouts purchased at Wal-Mart. Below the eagle was found at Pier 1 and apothecary jars were filled with water and food coloring. As you can see party decor can come together from many different places!
When planning a 4th of July party food, of course, is a big part! While my husband enjoys fixing the burgers and hotdogs I prefer the items that I can theme to the occasion. The strawberry, marshmallow and blueberry skewers are one example of theming!
And though it may not be red, white or blue, chocolate goes for any occasion. The Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot is always a crowd pleaser. A tray and some glass containers from Dollar Tree are used above to separate all the options for dipping and skewer sticks are contained in a vase for easy use.
Mini cheesecakes, blue velvet cupcakes and star plates also go with the patriotic decor.
To make this boring glass deviled egg tray more patriotic a patterned plate was placed under it. An Uncle Sam cookie cutter was used for the centerpiece.
Tiny flags and paper drinking straws make perfect decor for 4th of July cupcakes!
When planning a 4th of July party don’t forget to get your outside space in the spirit too. Since the holiday is in the summer it is the perfect opportunity for an indoor/outdoor party which also adds additional party space!
For my 4th of July get-together’s I add a tent next to my patio for those who wish to be in the shade. The red and blue chairs are a bright pop from the 9 by Novogratz collection via Walmart.com.
One of my absolute favorite ideas that I have ever found from Pinterest are these yard stars. Use a poster board to cut out a star pattern and lay it on the ground. Spray paint red, white and blue stars and voila!
Additional 4th of July Party Planning Tips:
- In this day and age of social media, everyone loves a fun photo op! Purchase boas, hats, and props so guests can take photos to remember your event for years to come!
- Be sure to check out sales after the holiday to help keep your parties on a budget! Most stores have at least 50% off the day after and this is how I have purchased much of my holiday decor for every season.
- Decorate a couple of days before and prep any food you can the night before. Leave yourself enough time to enjoy the day with your friends and family!
- Have fun! Dress in the theme! Just be ridiculously over the top! No judgment here!
What are your favorite 4th of July Party Planning Tips?