With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your celebration for one of the best days of the year! The Fourth of July is all about celebrating the day our thirteen original colonies became a new nation and the freedom that came with that success. It’s a day we fly our American flags with pride and deck everything out with red, white and blue. So today we’re sharing with you food and beverage recipes, yard games and DIY décor to fill your party with patriotic pride!
Decorate your table with red, white and blue treats your guests are sure to enjoy. We’ve picked our favorite dessert, cocktail, main course and snack to help get you inspired.
- Patriotic-Dipped Pretzels
This sweet and salty dessert is the perfect treat to share with your party guests! Not only are they simple to make, they’re also easy for your friends and family to grab and enjoy. All you’ll need is pretzel rods, red, white and blue candy melt, white sprinkles, and a cooling rack.
- Begin by melting the white candy melts in the microwave then dip two-thirds of the pretzel into the melt.
- Lay the pretzel rods onto your cooling rack with a dish towel or parchment paper underneath.
- Once they’ve dried, melt the blue candy melts then dip the top third section of the rod. Add the white sprinkles to the blue melt before it has time to dry.
- Lastly, melt the red candy melt and drizzle over the white section of the pretzel.
- Red, White & Blue Sangria
This fun red, white and blue sangria is another quick and easy recipe to add to your July Fourth celebration! You’ll need one bottle of Moscato white wine, Triple Sec, strawberries, blueberries and a large pitcher.
- Combine one bottle of Moscato white wine and ½ cup of Triple Sec in your large pitcher.
- Remove stems and rinse off the berries then add to the pitcher.
- For best results, let the sangria sit in your refrigerator for up to one day.
- Serve in stemless wine glasses or mason jars.
- Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
Because it’s not the Fourth of July without pulled pork sandwiches! This recipe takes a bit longer to make, but you can let your slow-cooker do all of the work for you. Before you begin, make sure you have:
- olive oil
- 1 sweet onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 3 pounds of pork shoulder
- salt and pepper
- dijon mustard
- apple cider vinegar
- light brown sugar
- chicken broth
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the base of your slow cooker. Dice your onion and mince your garlic, add them to the bowl along with the pork and season with salt and pepper.
- Add one cup ketchup, ¼ cup dijon mustard, ¾ cup apple cider vinegar, three tablespoons light brown sugar and two cups chicken broth. Stir to combine, then cover with the slow cooker lid. Cook for roughly seven hours.
- Once the pork is tender, use two forks to shred the meat.
- Serve on buns with coleslaw for a sweet and tangy pulled pork sandwich.
- Watermelon-Feta Skewers
So maybe feta cheese and watermelon isn’t a combination most would consider putting together, but the result is delicious! Add them to the grill for a couple minutes per side to make them even better. You’ll need cubed watermelon, cubed feta cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, and of course skewers.
- Add two pieces of feta and three pieces of watermelon to each skewer, alternating from feta to watermelon.
- Heat up your grill to high and brush each skewer with olive oil.
- Grill each skewer for roughly one to two minutes on each side.
- Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.
Every good party has a few entertaining games for guests to play. Besides, what’s more American than a little friendly competition?
- Sack Races
Sack races are an all-time favorite for both adults and kids. Gather some old potato sacks or use over-sized pillow cases, set up the start and finish lines. Watch all your favorite people hop around like children and laugh until they cry.
- Balloon Darts
Balloon darts is another game that is both easy and affordable to put together. If you have an old pegboard, they’re ideal for this project, but you could also use just about any board. You’ll also need red, white and blue balloons, something to attach the balloons with, and darts. Once you’ve blown up the balloons, you can simply arrange them alternating between red, white and blue, or re-create the look of the American flag. If you’re creating the game for the kids of the party, add a piece of candy to the balloon before blowing them up.
Last but certainly not least – decorations! Remind your guests what you’re all celebrating the moment they walk in by decking your space out with red, white and blue décor. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Confetti Balloons
Why decorate your party with normal balloons when you could use confetti balloons instead? To make confetti balloons you’ll need a chopstick, a bag of red, white and blue confetti, clear balloons and a funnel.
- Attach a clear balloon to the end of the funnel and pour your confetti into the funnel.
- Use the chopstick to push the confetti into the balloon.
- Blow up your balloon and tie it as normal.
- Red, White & Blue Centerpieces with Daisies
These patriotic centerpieces are one of the easiest and prettiest ways to add red, white and blue to your décor. Collect your favorite clear, glass vases, fresh daisies and red and blue food coloring. Add water and red or blue food coloring to each vase. Cut the stems of the daisies to fit then add them to your vase!
- Patriotic Silverware Holders
Whether you set your table or serve food buffet style, silverware holders are a great way to let your party guests quickly grab everything they’ll need to indulge. For these, you’ll need brown paper lunch-sized bags, red white or blue ribbon, washi tape, and a patriotic craft stamp. Be sure your plastic cutlery and paper plates match with your color scheme.
- Once you’ve gathered your supplies, cut your ribbon long enough to wrap around your paper bags. Next, use a piece of washi tape to adhere the ribbon to the bag.
- Choose your favorite craft stamp and stamp it to a piece of red, white or blue paper. Adhere the stamped paper to the center of the bag.
- Add your silverware and napkin to the bag.
Throwing the perfect patriotic celebration doesn’t have to be costly or time-consuming with these great DIY projects. We hope these recipes, yard games and décor ideas have inspired you to turn your party space into a patriotic land of fun this Fourth of July!