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How to host the perfect 4th of July party

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Photo Credit: Julia Dennebaum

Can you believe that the Fourth of July is next Tuesday? Whether you have been planning an epic blowout for months or are just now piecing together a last-minute gathering for friends and family, here are a few tips for hosting a fun, patriotic Fourth of July party that your guests will remember for years to come.

1. Entertain guests with classic yard games

One key to hosting an enjoyable Fourth of July party or cookout is keeping your guests entertained while they wait for the headlining event of the day: fireworks! An easy way to keep kids (and adults) busy all day long is to set up classic yard games like a ring toss, horseshoes, cornhole, croquet, and even badminton. If you opt for a ring toss, we love this customized Fourth of July version.

2. Mix up some red, white, and blue drinks!

What’s a Fourth of July party without some refreshing and patriotic beverages? If you are looking for some fun ideas, we love these red-white-and-blue Jell-O shots, this patriotic punch that can easily serve a crowd, and these festive Fourth of July wine spritzers. For those that don’t drink, there are plenty of alcohol-free ideas out there, like this bucket of berry flavored refreshments or these fun red-white-and-blue layered drinks.

3. Test out some patriotic recipes

No Fourth of July party is complete without some fun, red-white-and-blue snacks! Keep it simple and healthy with patriotic fruit kebabs, test out some American flag popsicles, or wow the crowd with this elaborate American Flag cake for dessert. If you want to make ordinary cookout food look extra festive for the big event, try adding miniature flags for an adorable and patriotic touch.

4. Decorate with some DIY ideas

An important part of hosting a festive Fourth of July party is setting up plenty of Patriotic decor to get your guests in the party spirit. The good news is that there are tons of easy DIY options out there that won’t break the bank. A red-white-and-blue lollipop bouquet makes for a fun centerpiece that kids will love.  Want to try your hand at an easy garland? It doesn’t get easier than this one made from red and blue solo cups! We also love this balloon flag that doubles as a game.

5. Incorporate sparklers!

It probably goes without saying, but sparklers are one of the most, if not THE MOST, important part of any classic Fourth of July gathering! You don’t have to save them for the fireworks show either. We suggest incorporating them throughout the day for some extra patriotic pizazz. Some cute ideas include packaging them up into party favors, using them as an exciting cake topper, or adding them into your decor as a centerpiece.

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching! If you are in search of quality sparklers to incorporate into your festivities we offer a wide variety of options including both 20 inch and 36 inch sparklers that will work beautifully for your celebration.