Easy, Festive Fourth of July Entertaining Ideas

Throw a patriotic-themed outdoor party this Fourth of July with our stylish and easy party ideas.

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Sparkling Favors

Instantly turn sparklers into placeholders or party favors with ribbon and paper tags. Remove the sparklers from their packaging, bunch them up, then tie them together with red, white and blue ribbon. Before tying and curling the ribbon ends with scissors, slide a hole-punched paper tag through one of the strands with your guests' names proudly on display. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Ring Toss

Gather your friends for a friendly game of ring toss. Customize your own set using patriotic colors. Get the full instructions here>>

Star-Shaped Beeswax Candles

With just a few materials and steps, you can make these festive beeswax candles to top your dessert, or use them in a centerpiece. Watch the video for easy step-by-step instructions>>

Patriotic Ombre Party Linens

Give your plain white placemats and napkins a modern and patriotic update. Dip-dye using red- and blue-colored dye for a stylish look that can be used all summer long. Get the full instructions here>>

Patriotic Refreshments

Think of cold beverages as a decorating opportunity. Chill berry-flavored bottled juices or sodas in metal tubs filled with ice for a creative and refreshing way to sneak in a few extra red, white and blue touches. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Flameless Party Crackers

Kids and adults alike will love playing with party crackers filled with their favorite treats. Make your own using toilet paper tubes, glue and crepe paper. Get the full instructions here>>

Red, White and Blue Picnic

Add a little romance to your Independence Day with a red, white and blue picnic. For a true designer look, introduce a mixture of patterns and textures through floor pillows, toss pillows and blankets. To delineate a portion of your picnic area as a serving space, layer a contrasting bath mat or small area rug in the center, then utilize the surrounding space for lounging. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Set a Festive Table

Set your outdoor table with red, white and blue dinnerware for a casual yet festive touch. Use a variety of different shapes and sizes to add interest to your table. Photo courtesy of Starboard Collection

Nautical Rope Wreath

This intricate knot is surprisingly easy to make. Incorporate embroidery floss in patriotic colors for an unexpected way to welcome guests to your party. Get the full instructions here>>

Contemporary Patriotism

Who says Fourth of July decorating has to be all stars and stripes? Give your Independence Day decor a modern update by introducing red, white and blue through modern graphic patterns. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Sparkler Cake Toppers

Make a spectacle of your dessert presentation with cake sparklers. Keep in mind that safety is first; only use if your outdoor entertaining takes place in a wide open area. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Floral Table Linens

If you're throwing your party in a backyard, give it a garden theme while showing your patriotism. Mix oversized floral patterns with more contemporary patterns in red, white and blue. Photo courtesy of Hen House Linens

Party Topper Printables

Show your patriotic spirit by downloading and printing our festive party toppers. Download Free Party Circles Printable Here>>

Cupcake Wrapper Printable

Download Free Cupcake Printable Here>>

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