In America, we celebrate everything, from a dog’s birthday to national doughnut day so when our American Independence Day comes around, it’s a must that we go all out!
It’s a day to celebrate the wonderful country we live in, plus it’s yet another excuse to eat like crap and drink excessively with our friends… that’s a win-win in our book!READ MORE: Local Puppies Making Their Debut At The Puppy Bowl XVIII
Although it’s not a true 4th of July party without some themed food and decorations. Check out some inexpensive and creative ways to decorate for your 4th of July party this year!
Fun Food Ideas
This is a super easy way to get out of having to bake or make anything this year. Simply buy any candy you like that is red, white and blue and display in glassware.
Patriotic Punch (Kid-Friendly… or you can add vodka)
This drink is not only great to look at, it’s delicious!
- any red, white and blue drink
How to: The idea here is the sugar content… the drink with the most sugar should go on the bottom and then work your way up.
Strictly for research purposes I tried this concoction with vodka** and it’s delicious! 😉
**Please drink responsibly.
Sugar Cookie Flags (with fruit & cream cheese icing)
These are soooooo delicious and they are sure to be a hit at your get-together! The key is the homemade icing, and before you freak out… it’s so easy to make!
- sugar cookie mix (+ butter & tbsp water)
- 8 oz Cream cheese (I like the whipped kind)
- 4 Tsp honey
- 4 Tsp lemon juice
- 5 Tbsp powered sugar
- strawberries & blueberries
How to: Follow sugar cookie instructions to make dough, use a square cookie cutter or spatula to make a rectangle shape. Then cook according to package instructions. Meanwhile in a small bowl whip the cream cheese, honey and lemon juice together, then slowly add in the powered sugar. Cover and cool. After the cookies cool, ice them and create your flag design.
Watercolor Straw Flags | via ohhappyday.comREAD MORE: Mulberry Man Fatally Shot On Sunday Evening
Add some flair to every drink straw with printable American flags!
- free flag printable
How to: Print template. Cut the flags out. Wrap the tab on the flag around the straw and glue. Be sure to place it ¼ of the way down the straw so that you guests have room to sip. Let dry and serve with the drinks above↑↑
Patriotic Mason Jar Lanterns | via addicted2diy.com
Everyone has mason jars lying around, use them as decoration by painting them and putting a tea light on the bottom. They will look beautiful a night!
- mason jars
- stickers (circle, stars, whatever you like)
- painters tape
- paint (red, white & blue)
- votive candles
How to: Place stickers at random on clean mason jar. Paint over the stickers with white. Wait for paint to dry. To create red stripes, place painters tape on jar to cover the white. Paint over the exposed areas in red. Remove tape and stickers and add votive candle in the jar. For the field of blue, paint the jar white. Once dry, place large star stickers randomly around jar. Then paint over the stickers and exposed white with blue paint. Remove stickers and add votive candle in the jar.
Patriotic Vases | via todayscreativelife.com
Possibly the easiest decoration idea ever, plus it’s a new use for food coloring.
- small jars or vases
- red and blue food coloring
- American flags
How to: Fill jars or vases with water. Add red coloring one jar of water and blue to the other. LESS IS MORE. I recommend 1 or 2 drops of food coloring each. Add daisies and a small American flag as decor.MORE NEWS: Over $23,000 Raised From Betty White Challenge At Humane Society of Tampa Bay
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