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4th of July Party Ideas: Food, Drinks & DIY Decor

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creative 4th of july food ideas - rocket dogs, corn, strawberries & cupcakes

It’s hard to believe that 4th of July is only 2 days away… which means hooray for a 2-day work week! ;) If you’re going to be a 4th of July hostess this year though, 2 days ALSO means that there’s not a lot of time left for planning your celebration. Are you ready? And please don’t feel bad if the answer is no… I’m right there with you this year!


With all the amazing minds pumping out creative content these days, there’s definitely no shortage of fabulous 4th of July party ideas to be found. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, here are a few of my favorite creative, yet approachable patriotic party ideas for everything from food & drinks to decor – streamlined into one spot. Here we go…

4th of july patriotic cocktails with fruit


1. Rocket Dogs {via Family Fun} – How clever are these?!

2. Barbecued Corn on a Stick displayed in a bed of fritos

3. White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Bites – Only 2 ingredients! How’s that for easy? ;)

4. Edible Eagles {via Noble Pig} – Incredibly cute & unexpected!

5. Pour-and-Serve Cocktails + Patriotic Fruit: – Instead of spending a lot of time mixing & muddling at the party, keep things easy with a clear pour-and-serve cocktail like BACARDI Classic Cocktails Light (pictured above, available in Pina Colada and Mojito), then garnish with red, white and blue fruit such as strawberries, pears, blueberries, etc. Use a star-shaped cutter to cut watermelon, apples, or pears into star shapes.

4th of july mason jars and diy paper sparklers


6. Red, White, & Blue Mason Jars {via Big Bear’s Wife} – Love the textured look to these!

7. Paper Fireworks Sparklers via {Say Yes to Hoboken} – Another great use for the beloved stripey straw! These would be cute as cake toppers too.

creative 4th of july decoration and table centerpiece ideas


8. Patriotic Circus Centerpiece {via 100 Layer Cake} I am always a sucker for circus themes and am I’m actually painting animal figurines red, white & blue for our own 4th of July party! :)

9. Patriotic Paper Rosettes & Tissue Daisies – When it comes to easy, low cost & high impact decor, you can’t beat paper rosettes and tissue daisies!

10. Cork Fireworks Backdrop {via Anders Ruff} – Wine corks never looked so cool! Get the full DIY tutorial here.

11. Patriotic Tissue Paper Chandeliers {via Multiples & More} – Let the colors fly! Although these creative decorations will still look fantastic without the breeze too.


Also, CLICK HERE to join us MONDAY, July 2nd at 4pm PST/7pm EST, for a discussion all about the festive ideas you’ve got this 4th of July! We will be discussing the theme: How do you add patriotic flair to your 4th of July celebrations? Participants in this discussion will be entered to win a $250 Sur La Table gift card to kick off your summer entertaining plans!


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Bacardi via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bacardi.

BACARDÍ Classic Cocktails Light is a new line of low calorie, ready to serve cocktails. At less than 95 calories for a 4-ounce serving, BACARDÍ Classic Cocktails Light is available in Pina Colada and Mojito flavors and is made with natural flavors, real juice and pure cane sugar. Whether enjoying a favorite cocktail after a long day or throwing a party, BACARDÍ Classic Cocktails deliver classic cocktail taste that’s a hit with friends, won’t add inches to your waistline and won’t take all day to prepare.


  1. Tonya Staab July 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much Jennifer for including my fun outdoor chandeliers (from multiples and more) in your post. Have a wonderful 4th of July.

    • jenn s. July 2, 2012 at 9:58 am

      You are very welcome – such a great idea! Happy 4th to you too :)

  2. Bird July 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Such fun ideas Jenn!! LOVE the skewers!
    Wishing you a happy 4th of July! :)

  3. Windy City Novelties July 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    This party is centered around food and drinks which I personally love! Allows creativity to really come out!

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    Can’t find the recipe for the BBQ corn on a stick. :/

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