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Pretty Parties: Host a 4th of July Bash

July 4th party essentials from Babble.com

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you’re able to slow down a bit today and enjoy this beautiful day with family and loved ones. If you’re anything like me, July 4th is one of the most exciting days of the year. There’s just something about frozen treats, splashing around in the water and watching fireworks after dark that just makes me feel like a kid all over again. So for those of you who are feeling like a little Independence Day bash but haven’t had time to go all Martha Stewart with your party planning, I’ve got you covered! Here are six July 4th party essentials that you can pick up in a flash for an instant party that will have kids of all ages feeling joyful.

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  • Sparklers 1 of 6
    Sparklers
    No July 4th bash is complete without sparklers! They're usually readily available at most neighborhood grocery stores and gas stations this time of year.
    Shop at North Brooklyn Dry Goods.
  • Firecracker Popsicles 2 of 6
    Firecracker Popsicles
    Firecracker Popsicles are not only a little taste of nostalgia, but they're an instantly festive 4th of July dessert without the fuss!
    Photo from Popsicle.
  • Flags 3 of 6
    Flags
    I always love when American flags start cropping up all over the shops! Grab a bunch as party favors - they can even be clustered together and used as an instant centerpiece!
    Shop at Party City.
  • Party Cups 4 of 6
    Party Cups
    Grab a stack of red, white and blue party cups (or pick your favorite color of the three!) to easily jazz up cocktails and lemonade!
    Shop at Party City.
  • A Grill 5 of 6
    A Grill
    Need the simplest crowd pleaser of all? Fire up the grill, throw on some kabobs and watch them gather round!
    Shop at Target.
  • Water Balloons 6 of 6
    Water Balloons
    To help keep everyone cool, water balloons are a sure bet. Fill up a plastic tub with balloons you've already filled for an after dinner water balloon fight!
    Shop at Amazon.

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