A Charming 4th of July Party

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How to Host a Charming 4th of July Party for your friends and family! From food ideas, decorations and delicious cocktail recipes. We’re sharing some fun ideas to celebrate the USA!

The 4th is so nostalgic for most of us living in the United States. It usually starts with the town parade, then onto swimming, outdoor play, the most festive bbq and then fireworks!

Tossing together a last-minute, charming 4th of July party can be pretty easy, considering it’s all about grilling hot dogs and burgers! We’re sharing all the details for hosting your own!

Quick tip – Food covers are great for outdoor entertaining to keep flies off the food.

White and blue flowers for a 4th if July party.

4th of July Party

Table setting for the 4th of July
Blue and white napkin, gold flatware with sparkles.
4th if July fruit with star cutouts for a 4th of July party.

4th of July Food

Vegetable CousCous Salad

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Summer Pasta Salad

Layered angel food cake with chocolate whipped cream and strawberries.

4th of July Desserts

One of my very favorite desserts as a kid, and still is as an adult, is homemade angel food cake with chocolate whipped cream!

It’s so light and refreshing and the chocolate whipped cream compliments it perfectly without being too sweet. You can serve it by the slice or layer in a glass with the whipped cream and strawberries.

Angel food cake with strawberries.

Here are more great dessert options:

American Flag Cupcake Cake

Blood Orange Cheesecake or Classic Cheesecake

Italian Zabaglione

Red Velvet Cake Recipe

4th of July Boozy Snowcones

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Ice Cream

Strawberry Icebox Cake

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

10 Keto Cakes You’ll Love

Cheesecake ice cream with blueberries in front of an American flag for the 4th of July.

4th of July Decorations

4th of July decorations are easy because the theme is already set for you! It’s all about red, white and blue! Sparklers and watermelons… so finding items to decorate with are fun!

Some great places to grab affordable decorations are thrift stores or antique shops. For example, this vintage flag was an awesome find and we use it for the 4th every year!

You can also find vases, punch bowls, cups and more at thrift stores.

4th of July flowers in white vase.


Flowers are instant decor! See how to make your own 4th of July flower arrangements here!

Blueberry Moscow Mule in a copper mug on a 4th of July table setting.

4th of July Cocktail Recipes

Can’t have a 4th of July party without a cocktail! There is nothing better to cool down than a strong, refreshing cocktail… and a giant pool.

Here are some amazing cocktails for your party!

Watermelon Punch

Strawberry Tequila Sodas

Spiked Jello Shots

Classic Negroni

Blueberry Moscow Mules – served in ice-cold copper mugs!

Gray Whale gin

Non-Alcoholic Options

Fresh Watermelon Juice

Italian Sodas

4 Delicious Agua Fresca Recipes

Classic red and blue sodas are served on ice!

Classic bottles of strawberry soda.

Adding charming details like old fashioned soda bottles and old school taffy. Things that remind me of vintage America!

Little boy eating ice cream.

To add a little charm to each individual table setting, place a sparkler in the napkin to use later when the sun goes down! These are from Tops Malibu.

4th of July table setting with blue and white place settings.

More Summer Entertaining Ideas!

Guide to Hosting a Summer Tropical Party

A Colorful Carnival Party

Tips for Planning a Pool Party

Flamingo Pool Party

We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July! Please let us know if you make any of the recipes in the comments below. We love to hear your thoughts!

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