America's birthday is just days away... That's right, the Fourth of July is this Thursday! This year, celebrate with a summer cocktail, fireworks, and an abundance of red, white, and blue décor. Your friends and family will all agree that the more festive the party, the better, and these Fourth of July entertaining ideas will make you the best host around. Whether you’re gathering around with loved ones or you’ll be throwing an all-out, star spangled banger, these Fourth of July party ideas will definitely set the scene. From confetti-filled balloons to Lady Liberty-approved floral arrangements and the most patriotic cocktails you've ever seen, you'll be prepared to throw an unforgettable Independence Day celebration.
Feel the festive vibes while enjoying Fourth of July brunch or a smoky BBQ with a detailed, themed-place setting. Put a special touch with a dish towel in between two plates instead of a traditional napkin, like .
Corelle 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, $102
Cheers to 'Merica with this spiked DIY snow cone bar. And always say yes to more festive decor, like these decorative red, white, and blue paper fans. Get the full instructions from .
Seasons Decorative Paper Fans, $7
While these classic gingham napkins are certainly Independence Day appropriate, they look just as good in your dining room all year round. And they also come in red, so you can alternate create a nice pattern on the table by alternating colors.
Dot & Army Gingham Napkins, $32
Funfetti is fun enough as is, so an on-theme version crowned with a sparkler is beyond crowd-pleasing. This one, dressed up by Sugar & Charm, is a seasonal special from Momofuko Milk Bar (here's the ).
Party City Star Sparkler, $3
Skip the basic red, white, and blue balloon medley and opt for a dozen of these confetti-filled clear beauties instead. They're undeniably photogenic.
BalloonUp USA Balloon, $3
A picnic in the park is an affordable, fun way to gather up your friends for the Fourth. Keep things festive and make sure you'll be able to enjoy the party with this outdoor net table cover. It's summery, stylish, and highly effective at keeping those pesky pests off your masterpiece of a 4th of July picnic spread.
Dot & Army Outdoor Net Table Cover, $56
To elevate your Fourth of July festivities, take note from this pretty red, white, and blue spread from . With some fresh berries, a charcuterie board, a floral cake, and bottles of rose against a garden backdrop will set the scene for something a little dressier.
Golden Rabbit Enamel Cake Stand, $32
These little cubes look more like works of art than Fourth of July jello shots. Follow the recipe at to learn how to make them. What's more all-American than Jell-o?
Cherry Jell-o, $6
Since flowers can cost a fortune—especially when you need enough for a large tablescape—opt to make something a little more low key for your centerpieces. Grab a few stems of red, white, and blue wildflowers, and then fill in the majority of the galvanized vases with leafy greens, as did here.
Arbor Lane French Farmhouse Buckets, $20
July Fourth is the perfect time of year for a beach day. Keep it in the family, or invite all of your friends. Don't forget to pack fresh watermelon, SPF, an umbrella, and of course, fun beach games, like spike ball.
Spikeball 3 Ball Kit, $60
If you're tired of wreaths and have some knitting or embroidery skills, this one's for you. Just be sure to stock up on thefirst. Find out how to make it at .
Red Heart Team Spirit Yarn, $8
Turn your lawn into the ultimate firework viewing spot by spray painting it with patriotic stars. You can even make the stencil yourself with large construction paper. Get the tutorial at .
Rust-Oleum Apple Red Spray Paint, $4
Fourth of July is the perfect excuse for a pool party—especially the pool has good views for firework-watching. To keep it patriotic, have everyone dress is on-theme colors. Make things extra fun with pool floats.
Swimline Patriotic Bald Eagle Pool Float, $16
If you're having your Fourth of July dinner party outdoors and plan on serving food, opt for durable plating. That doesn't mean you have to settle for paper plates—there are plenty of on-theme, stylish melamine ones to choose from.
Siren Song Prairie Melamine Plates, $68
Not everything has to be overtly patriotic to feel summery and festive. If that's not you're vibe, make some special lemonade, like this rosemary recipe from . You could also set up a gourmet lemonade stand with kids on the Fourth (add strawberries to make a touch more Fourth of July-ish).
Premium Vials Mason Jars, $23
Welcome guests by hanging an American flag garland on the front door. You could also hang it on a pagoda in the yard if that's where the heart of the party is. made this one with some string, toothpicks, and mini American flags.
American Flags on Toothpicks, $5
Throw a barbecue for a simple, breezy summer party. You can also turn it into a potluck and head to a park if you don't have your own backyard and grill. Or, take on the road and make it last all weekend with a camping trip.
MalloMe Hotdog Fork, $22
You'll need greenery, baby's breath, , and a simple to channel America's leading lady's iconic crown. Get the tutorial at .
eBoot Stem Wire Floral, $7
An evening summer soiree isn't complete without string lights. To step things up a notch further, light up a bonfire and make some s'mores to indulge in summer camp nostalgia. Take inspiration from this space captured, the backyard at Montreal bed & breakast Camellas-Lloret Maison d'Hôtes.
Brightown Outdoor String Lights, $16
Now this is a patriotic margarita. Get the red, white, blue, and boozy recipe from . All you need is some
Margarita Glass, $5
Parcel Island 4th of July Party Invitation, $10