4th of July Party Decor

My husband is anxiously getting ready to put his chairs out for our local hometown parade (people here put their chairs out four days early to secure a spot!)  I, on the other hand, have been thinking about decor and food ideas for a 4th of July party. Tessa hosts a fabulous party every year after the parade and has put me on the hunt to come up with some holiday decor/food/activities for her party.

Good news is I didn’t have to look very far this year for some great ideas. I recently got my Better Homes and Gardens July issue (thanks, mom!) and they always have the best party ideas.

Here are few of my favorites:

I’ve found most people don’t want to eat too many sweets when it’s 90 degrees out and sweat is dripping off their foreheads. So why not create a snack table with all-American treats. Snacking on some twizzlers or popcorn is much easier than a messy dessert. So skip the apple pie this year and keep it simple.


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Start saving those cans now…what a fun idea and so easy to recreate.  This is an easy craft that young kids could help with and something to have fun with all summer long. Instead of painting, you could use duct tape, too!

bag toss

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Here’s an idea where they’ve used french fry liner papers from World Market to create candle and flower vases.


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So simple and easy to make by using some patriotic ribbon.


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Great idea for a kids’ table or perfect for a party favor!


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I love this idea of creating some special snacks for watching the fireworks. Popcorn with M & Ms is always a treat in my household–now if I can only keep my kids up late enough to watch the fireworks this year.

snack cartons

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And finally, as I was writing this post late last night (finding a moment to myself with the kids at home is becoming harder and harder…) I took a look at last year’s post I wrote and thought I would re-visit the idea. So if you were a reader last year, thank you and hope you liked them the first time, and if you’re newer to our blog, here’s another look at some old but great party ideas.

Keeps the food protected but looks great, too!

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 Great idea for serving vegetables and dip–we did this for Tessa’s party last year and everyone loved it.


Healthy snack for the kids.


Amazingly cool and refreshing!

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Okay, Tessa hope this helps with your party planning.  It’s always a fabulous party!


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