Who is ready to celebrate their independence with a day full of all-American 4th of July recipes, field day fun, and of course the ubiquitous red, white, and blue decorations? Planning that perfect 4th of July celebration can be frustrating and time consuming, but when done right, will bring together family and friends for a memorable holiday extravaganza. After all, the 4th of July is party time! Here are a few ideas for hosting an easy and patriotic Independence Day celebration that will leave you and your guests feeling carefree.
Easy 4th of July Recipes:
- Kabobs: Pair your traditional hot dogs and hamburgers with this sweet kabob recipe. Not a fan of mixing sweet with savory? Spice up your party with our special Grilled Chipotle Chorizo Chicken Sausage & Shrimp Kabobs.
- Individual key lime pies: Impress your guests with this conveniently prepared classic American dessert by the Food Network.
- Land of the free lemonade: Mix everyone’s favorite cookout staple, watermelon, with lemonade to create this refreshing drink. Garnish with watermelon stars and blueberries. Add citrus-infused vodka for the guest 21 years and older. Find both versions of the lemonade recipe here.
- Water balloon toss: What better way to cool off on a hot July day? Just grab a partner and a water balloon. Set up in two lines with each pair facing their partner. Each player holding a balloon gently tosses it to his or her partner. If the other player catches it successfully, the players each take a big step backwards. Keep repeating this until the balloon breaks, or you are the last pair left!
- Pipe cleaner firework paintings for the kids: It wouldn’t be a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks. Let the kids have fun with this safe and fun arts and crafts idea! All you need are pipe cleaners, paint, glitter, and black paper to craft your own look-alike fireworks. Start with 3-4 straight pipe cleaners, bend them in half, twist the ends until about half way down, and spread out the bottom pieces. Follow the directions by Crafty Morning.
- Set up a s’mores bar: Keep the celebration going after the sun goes down. You will need Graham Crackers, Hershey Bars (broken up into pieces), strawberries (cut into slices), wooden skewers and large marshmallows.
4th of July Party Decorations:
- The Table: Aside from the blue table cover, festive stars and striped napkins, and patriotic plates and utensils, the centerpiece of the table must encompass this same flavor. Buy a vase and fill it with red, white and blue gumballs. Add a flag. Get creative!
- Hanging Decorations: Another way to add the 4th of July taste to any party is hanging garland or lanterns. Here you can find all the decorations you need for those finishing touches.
- Seating: Don’t forget a comfortable place for your guests to sit! Seating can be made patriotic by following the red, white, and blue color theme, using 4th of July seat cushions, or fitting chairs with 4th of July covers.
Celebrate your 4th of July with these easy party essentials to create a memorable holiday get-together with family and friends. It is important to accommodate for each guest, so whether it be crafts for the kids or fun new recipes to impress any food lover, these quick tips will be sure to satisfy the crowd. For more of a variety of recipe ideas, be sure to check out our recipes page!