Normally get pretty pumped about 4th of July over here on the blog, celebrating our love for the summer holiday with posts full of entertaining and style inspiration to get you guys in the spirit right alongside us. And that excitement usually stems, in large part, from our love for our own 4th of July family party ideas and traditions, which always involves heading up to the lake in Northern Michigan! But since we’re getting ready to welcome baby boy any day now, a trip Up North was kind of out of the question, so we’re hanging out in the summer heat here in Arizona awaiting his arrival while our fam hits the lake. Just add it to the list of sacrifices that we’re making in the name of this child! I kid I kid. Kind of. But seriously we’re so excited to meet this little man that nothing could be more exciting to us than celebrating all the things right here at home this year!
4th of July Party Ideas
So even though our Fourth looks a little bit different this year, I decided I couldn’t let a year go by and not celebrate our favorite, festive summer holiday in style with you guys here on the blog like we have every other year. It just wouldn’t be right! Especially since so many of you will finally be getting the chance, for the first time in a year and a half, to spend a holiday with family and friends, eating, drinking and hugging to your heart’s content, and that deserves some fresh Fourth of July entertaining inspiration, don’t ya think? I can’t just leave you guys hanging out there rudderless and party rusty, without some sort of guide to make entertaining for this holiday easy breezy, can I? No I can’t! I won’t!
This year’s backyard 4th of July spread is even simpler than our spread in years past, and that’s because I really wanted to find the perfect mix between beautifully festive, people pleasing, and perfect for serving a small crowd, but as effortless to setup and clean up as humanly possible. For me that meant a festive tablescape that was pretty but decidedly unfussy, easy appetizers and snacks for grazing that require next to no prep and an equally easy main course/BBQ spread that could be customized by guests and grilled in a flash. A burger and/or hot dog bar is perfect for that purpose, such a classic summer party staple and makes hosting a total breeze, especially when everyone’s hanging in the backyard so your grill master can still be in the mix instead of sequestered in the kitchen!
Here’s a list of what we included in this year’s 4th of July entertaining setup. And below each list you can scroll and shop what you see, plus more fun, easy, festive 4th of July food and decor ideas!
Fourth of July Entertaining Decor
- Chambray striped table runner
- Red and white tin snack bowls, serving bowls and cups
- Red, white and blue striped napkins
- Large pitcher for pre-made drink (also love this one)
- Large cutting board or serving tray for burger/hot dog bar items
- Red, white and blue tabletop floral arrangements
- Easy-to-clean plates
Shop Fourth of July Entertaining Decor
Fourth of July Food
- Fresh mixed berries
- Sliced watermelon
- Pink lemonade
- Festive candy (linked a bunch of really fun options below)
- Potato chips and blue corn tortilla chips (you can easily add a pre-made dip or two, too!)
Shop Easy, Festive Fourth of July Food
I also thought I’d include some snaps from our 4th of July entertaining spread for a couple of years ago, just so you have more food, drink and decor ideas to work with this year! And again, everything you see in the snaps below is easy to execute, fun and totally festive so you can’t go wrong with any of these ideas! Total crowd-pleasers, on all fronts.
Below are links to the original 4th of July posts from last year and the year before so you can see more of the snaps below and all of the product, food and DIY decor details.
What are some of your favorite 4th of July party ideas? Let me know in a comment below!