Everybody loves 4th of July … and it’s coming up in just a week and a half! If you are planning to throw some kind of party, it is probably time to get crackalackin’ on the party planning. Whether you’re going to a party or throwing one of your own this year, it is always good to know how to plan the perfect 4th of July party! I have found some fun party ideas for the whole family to enjoy. Go on, check ‘em out!
1. The Raised Flag: This 4th of July party decor is kind of a must. If you are hosting a party, it really looks nice in front of the house, and guests get that first burst of patriotism before they even walk in the door.
2. Table Settings: In order to actually “feel” like it’s the 4th of July, a party needs to be decorated with that “patriotic essence” specifically on the tables. Table settings are the perfect way to make an ordinary party feel like an actual holiday party.
A more southern, barbeque type centerpiece to consider is the flag centerpiece. All you need is an open basket, baseballs, red and blue croquet balls, decorative grass, and some small flags. Fill the basket with the baseballs, grass, croquet balls, and flags … and there you have it, a perfect centerpiece for a down-home country 4th of July get-together.
If you want more of an elegant style for your 4th of July centerpiece, there’s the lantern centerpiece. For this table setting all you need is some of those striped lanterns from a crafts stores and a white glass filled with flowers of your choice (white looks the best). Fit the lantern over the white glass and line up a few down a tablescape for a memorable finish.
3. Decorations: Really, there is no limit to decorations, and you can find them just about anywhere in the time leading up to the 4th of July. I have picked out some examples of decorations I thought were fun and patriotic to me!
4. Party Games: A party is NOT a party without games (it would be boring). Here are some simple, yet fun games for children and adults to play.
- Independence Day bingo: This is basic bingo but with a red, white, and blue flare.
- Patriotic balloon pop: Put a note inside inflated red, white, and blue balloons and place them around the party area. Guests pop the balloons to find out if they win a prize.
- American history competition: Challenge guests to a little bit of history trivia. Put some facts together about U.S. history and divide guests into four teams (more or less, depending on how many guests you have). The winners get to be the first to the dessert table!
- Good old-fashioned baseball: Baseball is the most American sport and what more fun than to play it on our Independence Day!
- Word searches and crossword puzzles: These are fun for any age … put a patriotic theme to the words and there you go!
- Corn-hole: Can’t forget about corn-hole … if you’ve never played … you need to, you just need to! (Below is a picture of an American Flag corn-hole game ready to be played. It just needs the bean bags and the people!).
5. Party Favors: You have to have a party favor for your guests to take away from your 4th of July party (I mean, duh!) I have two suggestions for you. First, sparkler party favors. All you have to do to make these is print out pages on card-stock (for the backing) and then cut out cute patriotic designs (for the front layer), and finally make sure there is a slit for the sparklers to be placed into. Everybody loves sparklers and this is a fun way to leave your guests with something special. Make sure to remove the cover before lighting the sparkler.
Second, you could make flag favors. To make flag favors all you need is Sixlets (all blue), cocoa stirrers (in vanilla and cinnamon flavors), cellophane bags, and ties. If you can’t get Sixlets, blue M&M’s work too! Also, if you have no idea what cocoa stirrers are (I didn’t), you can use Twizzlers (for the red) and cover pretzel rods in white chocolate (for the white). If you want to follow the recipe though, you can find cocoa stirrers at most candy stores. Your guests will love these fun and simple party favors to take away from your 4th of July party!
Whether or not you’re planning a party of going to a party on 4th of July, you need to be at a party! Happy early 4th of July everyone … and good luck with your party planning!
Ashley Damschen/ CW44 Tampa Bay