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Easy Steps to Throwing a Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration

Follow these quick and easy steps to hosting an Independence Day celebration for last minute party planning! 

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Easy Steps to Throwing a Fabulous Fourth of July Celebration

By Windy City Novelties |June 19, 2014

America’s most celebrated summer holiday is coming up. It’s time to bust out the red, white and blue and stars and stripes for a celebration of American pride and independence. While most individuals have their Fourth of July plans locked down and are anxiously awaiting the holiday weekend’s arrival, others may be scrambling to find something to do. If this is the case for you, have no fear! You can put together a stylish and festive Fourth of July party or backyard barbecue with these simple party ideas.

First decide how many people you plan to invite to your Fourth of July party. Since it may be too late to send out invitations and receive RSVPs, give your friends, family and neighbors a quick call, email or Facebook invite to let them know you are hosting an Independence Day celebration. 

Once you have a decent estimate of the amount of people planning to attend your party, you can decide the exact location of your celebration, such as indoors, in the backyard, around the pool area, or a combination of all three. If the party will be outdoors at any time, you’ll want to add a few patriotic decorative pieces around the area. Hang red, white and blue bunting, or other festive garland, from the deck or stair railing, from the fence surrounding the pool area, or draped over the doorway. For more decorations around the outdoor party area, hang American flag bows from your outdoor lights, especially if they are placed along the edges of an entranceway. 

Since it is an American holiday, displaying the American flag is a must! Use cloth American flags as part of your party décor. Let them fly like traditional flags, or find a creative way to display them. Add small American flags to table centerpieces, or lay them decoratively on the buffet table in between dishes. If your party décor has no room for an American flag, place an American flag door banner on the outside of your door.  

If you have an overhang on your deck, are placing your buffet table inside of the garage, or are entertaining guests inside your home for a portion of the get-together, hang a few patriotic decorations from the ceiling. An assortment of red, white and blue fans or stars and swirls will instantly turn the area into a fun and festive party area. 

A huge part of your party will be the food, so make sure it is presented nicely. Set up a buffet table—either indoors or inside of a garage or partially enclosed area—and add a few patriotic decorations. Place a stars and stripes table cover over your buffet table or beverage counter and set out matching Fourth of July themed paper plates, napkins and cups for guests to help themselves to. Add decorations to the table, such as metallic star centerpieces, an assortment of red, white and blue balloons, garland, or even star beaded necklaces. Sprinkle red, white and blue star confetti over the entire table to add some sparkle. 

And don’t forget to hand out party favors! If you plan on presenting your own fireworks show, pass out some festive glow and LED items to your guests so they can have some fun in the dark. Pass out USA flag bow light-up headbands to the girls and give the guys light up star necklaces or red, white or blue LED sunglasses. You can also hand out party favors that don’t light up that your guests can wear throughout the event. Pass around American flag bandanas, plastic patriotic top hats, or American flag sunglasses

Your Fourth of July celebration is likely to be a success when you’re surrounded by loved ones, but these party ideas will help ensure your party is extra special and fun. 


At Windy City Novelties, it’s our hope that this article inspires you to create a fun and unique party for your loved ones. For more helpful tips on organizing your event, email our dedicated party planning experts at You may also subscribe to our emails for weekly party planning ideas, featured products and more at

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