Like many Minnesotans, we enjoy spending our weekends up north at our cabin. With the sun shining and the lake in the background, this became the perfect location for my Fourth of July party.
I decided on Pear Tree Greetings’ Sparkle in the Sky 4th of July Party Invitations. Their patriotic red, white and blue color scheme became the inspiration for the décor and many of my 4th of July party ideas.
My backdrop consisted of a leftover pallet, which I transformed into an American flag by using spray paint. This is a great craft project in which the kids can be included as well! My nieces helped paint the stars onto the American Flag pallet and had a blast doing it. Our cabin also has many antiques, which I was able to include within the décor. An old lantern, mason jars, Coca-cola glasses and wooden sewing organizer added the vintage touches that were needed.
Keeping with the traditional theme, we served “Juicy Lucy” burgers, corn on the cob, watermelon and baked beans. The burgers were placed in individual wooden brown baskets lined with a colorful napkin. Corn on the cob was displayed on a bright white serving tray using leftover skewers, which can be found at any local grocery store.
Pear Tree Greetings also provided an exclusive 4th of July printable, which included food tent labels, mini tooth pick flags, cupcake toppers and a party banner. These are the little details that really make a party come together. While it is great to use them for their intended purposes, I decided to utilize them in different ways. The cupcake toppers became a holder for sparklers and the mini toothpick flags were wrapped around birchwood paper straws. Food tent signs were clipped to the wooden baskets that held the burgers, and became nametags for the gift boxes. The gift boxes were filled with candy and stickers for the kids to take home. Using the party banner and leftover skewers, flags were added to the gift boxes.
Dessert consisted of mini cupcakes, cookies and ice cream sandwiches dipped in red, white and blue sprinkles. Once again, using the party banner provided by Pear Tree Greetings, the mini cupcakes were topped with homemade paper pinwheels! These are extremely easy to make. Just follow my DIY pinwheel tutorial here.
I hope you enjoyed some of the 4th of July party ideas provided and you are able to incorporate a few of them into your own party. Remember to think outside the box and utilize items around your own home to make your event a success!
Molly Suedbeck is the creator of the party planning and DIY blog Suburban Events. Molly loves to provide party planning inspiration, tips and details to help others plan their own events. Molly and her husband have a dog named Lily and keep busy with their three nieces. In her free time, she enjoys helping others plan their parties, working on DIY projects, and researching new ideas on Pinterest.