Clever 4th of July Party Ideas to Make This Year’s Backyard Bash the Best

Find quick and simple ideas for decorations, drinks, and treats for a fun 4th of July celebration. To keep the party going, find more July 4th desserts at TasteofHome.com.

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Quickie Garland

Courtesy Katie Drane

To make your own 4th of July party garland on the cheap, try this trick from Fun Home Things, who cut red, white, and blue plastic tablecloths into strips, and tied them to a set of string lights.

Independence Punch

Courtesy Big Bear's Wife

A drinkable 4th of July flag! Big Bear’s Wife mixed up a patriotic beverage using cranberry juice, blue Gatorade Frost, Diet 7-Up, and ice cubes for a refreshing party cooler.

Bandana Banner

Courtesy Eat Drink Pretty

Eat Drink Pretty shares a two-second, 4th of July decorating trick: Fold a bandana in half and tie each end to a string. Then hang between two trees.

Flag Goody Bags

Courtesy Brit+Co

Arrange a Hershey’s Cookies N’Cream Chocolate Bar, Twizzlers, and Pretzel M&M’s inside a clear plastic goody bag for a fun, flavorful flag, like the DIY masterminds at Brit + Co. do.

Flag Canopy

Courtesy Virgil Bunano

Create a classy canopy and mood lighting for your 4th of July party with this genius idea from Style Me Pretty. Tie red, white, and blue paper streamers onto big-bulb outdoor lights, and hang above a picnic table or a grassy dance space.

Muffin Tin Art Caddy

Courtesy The Merry Maple Vintage

Vaccuming in High Heels & Pearls created this quick DIY with a muffin tin and some red, white, and blue buttons, beads, and other odds and ends. For a 4th of July party activity, leave it out on a backyard table for kids to string necklaces and bracelets.

Everlasting Snow Cones

Courtesy Bakerella.com

Make snow cones that won’t melt—these beauties are actually Bakerella cupcakes in disguise. A glittery tri-color frosting tops a layered three-color cake that you (and your party guests) have got to see to believe.

Firework Rings

Courtesy Fantastic Fun and Learning

Make fun fireworks accessories with the kids using this tutorial from Fantastic Fun and Learning. Twist together sparkly tinsel stems (or patriotic-color pipe cleaners) to create cute rings.

Cool Soda Bar

Courtesy Danelle McCollum at Let's Dish Recipes

Desserts on the 4th of July can be used as party decorations with this sweet soda bar idea from Let’s Dish. Group red, blue, and clear soda bottles on a table with small bowls of striped straws, cherries, sprinkles. After the grill is off, bring out ice cream and let guests make their own ice-cream floats.

Stars and Stripes Table Caddy

Courtesy It All Started With Paint Blog

Create a fun DIY caddy It All Started with Paint that you can use for your 4th of July party and all summer long. Coat a mason jar in a layer of white or blue acrylic paint, then apply painter's tape in stripes around and paint a second coat, using another color. Peel tape off and let dry. To make stars, either paint them freehand, or use a stamp.

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