I don’t know about you, but I love hosting Fourth of July backyard celebrations. I find that putting out adorable eats and treats distracts my friends and family from the truth about Texas in July: IT IS HOT OUTSIDE!
This time of year it’s easy to find red, white, and blue EVERYTHING, so have fun with it. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. A lot of props I used were things I had in my kitchen (and some things I found in the garage). Whatever you decide to do on Independence Day, have fun and God Bless America!
Caramel Corn 1 of 8
I bought already made caramel corn from World Market and poured it in $1 metal buckets I purchased at a flea market. Star-bangled windmills give it a touch of whimsy.
All American Cuisine 2 of 8
Nothing says America like hot dogs and french fries. If you want to jazz up your dogs, try adding cole slaw. Your friends and family will love it.
Red & Blue 3 of 8
Serving red and blue cream sodas is a hit at any party.
Melon Stars 4 of 8
I used a cookie cutter to make stars out of watermelon. Throw in blueberries, and you're rocking a patriotic theme.
Mason Jars 5 of 8
I filled small mason jars with pink lemonade for the kids, sangria for the grownups. (Paper straws can be found at most craft stores)
Not-So-Fancy Silverware 6 of 8
To keep the theme going, I wrapped blue plastic ware in red paper napkins and tied them with thin rope. It's the little touches that make your party seem fancy, even when it isn't.
Crackers 7 of 8
Set out crackers like these around the table. I found these at World Market.
Decorations 8 of 8
There are lots of fun decorating ideas out there. I found all of these patriotic must-haves at JCPenney (40% off), World Market, and Michaels.