Independence Day is the perfect time to host a casual outdoor gathering. Serve up festive foods such as Fourth of July firecracker dogs, watermelon and blueberry sparklers and even colored ice cubes to give your beverages a patriotic twist! Make the party prep a family affair by getting the kids involved in creating patriotic ribbon wands and DIY Lanterns.
Read on for more ideas to make your Fourth fantastic.
1. Painted lawn stars
Decorate your outdoor space by adding glitz to the grass! Check out this fun and easy tutorial from The Concrete Cottage blog for spray painting stars on your lawn. Not only will the stars stick around until you mow, it’ll be the easiest decorating you’ll do this summer!
2. Patriotic lanterns
These DIY lanterns from Thrifty Decor Chick works equally well for indoors or out, and day or night! This is a super easy project that the kids can help create. Use battery-operated LED tea lights for added safety — then let your lights shine!
3. Firecracker dogs
Serve up traditional hot dogs with a twist! These firecracker dogs on a stick will make a fun and delicious centerpiece for the table. Just follow Angela’s easy recipe from the Handmade in the Heartland blog and be the coolest parent on the block!
4. Fruity sparklers
With all of the chips and sweets at the cook-out, you’ll want to balance out the table with some fruit. These star-shaped watermelon and blueberry sparkler snacks from This Healthy Table blog will entice even the most reluctant fruit-eaters!
5. Red, white and blue poke cake
Poke cake is always a crowd pleaser and this recipe from the Spend With Pennies blog uses red and blue Jello to make it Fourth of July fantastic. The Jello keeps the cake moist and whipped cream topping makes it perfect for a summer gathering.
6. Ribbon wands
Kids will love twirling these red, white and blue ribbon wands in your neighborhood parade, backyard BBQ or just around the house! Follow the simple tutorial on She Saved and consider adding some glittery ribbon to the wand for extra pizzazz. These are also perfect to give little ones who are too young for sparklers.
7. Red, white and blue beverages
Why not add red, white and blue to the beverages at your celebration? Check out the recipe from the Shaken Together Life blog. Mold the Jello cubes ahead of time and add to your favorite lemon-lime soda or water to keep drinks cold. These won’t melt and kids will love eating the Jello after they finish their drinks!
8. DIY coasters
For a craft that you can use at an Independence Day celebration and throughout the summer, try these Perler Bead coasters. Use a star or circle board and red, white and blue beads to create patriotic designs. Check out the tutorial at the Merriment Design blog.