10 Patriotic BBQ Ideas For Your Next July 4th Party

10 patriotic bbq ideas

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Show your pride for America through the food, decor and more at your next July 4th BBQ party. Here are 10 fun patriotic BBQ ideas for you to try!


1. Put up a patriotic banner.

Banners are a hot item in parties these days, so why not hang up a patriotic banner at your BBQ? I love this American flag burlap banner. If you prefer something a bit more traditional, you might like this patriotic bunting.


2. Serve cherry pie with a star on top.

You can’t get more American than cherry pie, right? Well, except for apple pie maybe, but cherry pie’s red coloring brings an extra dose of patriotism. Try this easy mini cherry pie recipe that will delight everyone!

cherry pie patriotic bbq ideas


3. Give your kids patriotic hairstyles.

If you have daughter(s) with long hair, have fun with it and give them patriotic hairdos! You can find many cute ideas here.

july 4th hairstyle patriotic bbq ideas


4. Dress up your nails in red, white, and blue.

You could always simply paint your nails in a patriotic color, but why not jazz them up with glitter? Or try another one of these 5 patriotic manicure ideas.

patriotic manicure july 4th bbq ideas


5. Paint mason jars in patriotic colors.

Mason jars are a staple for parties, so hop on the bandwagon and paint yours in red, blue, and white. Here is a great tutorial to turn a trio of mason jars into a cheerful American flag! Then you could use these jars to serve non-food items, such as plastic utensils, drinking straws, napkins, flowers, and unlit sparklers.

mason jar flag patriotic ideas


6. Light up the party with patriotic lanterns.

If you don’t want to paint your mason jars, you could decoupage them with tissue paper and put in candles to create fun lanterns for your party! This can be done with just about any glass container you’ve got laying around the house.

patriotic lanterns patriotic bbq ideas


7. Turn fruit into patriotic displays.

Fruit is the perfect refreshing food for the hot weather of July, but why not turn the BBQ staple into something that’s fun and patriotic? Try these delightful patriotic fruit skewers that include marshmallows for added sweetness. Or turn a fruit pie into a beautiful American flag! Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a patriotic fruit pie that everyone will ooh and ahh over before eating.

fruit pie patriotic bbq ideas


8. Make American art with pallets and paint.

Have a pallet laying around? Chop it up and create this amazing American pallet art! You can use a scroll saw, a band saw, or a jigsaw for this project.  Hang your finished creation on the front door to welcome your guests to your party or hang a row of three on your fence. Charming and free patriotic BBQ ideas are always best!

american pallet art diy patriotic bbq ideas


9. Set up a patriotic hot dog station.

Hot dogs are as American as baseball, so how fun would it be to set up a hot dog station for your guests to make their own gourmet hot dogs? This great hot dog station also includes four suggested hot dog recipes that hail from four different spots in our country, which is so cool!

hot dog station patriotic bbq ideas


10. Get a patriotic tattoo!

Don’t worry, I don’t mean a permanent tattoo. Pass out these glittery temporary patriotic tattoos to your guests, your friends, and your family to spread the patriotism. And there are so many other ways to use the temporary tattoos other than putting them on your skin! You could put them on balloons, plastic plates and cups, plastic servingware, windows, or anything that’s plastic or glass.


What do you think of these patriotic BBQ ideas? Will you use them for your next party? What other patriotic BBQ ideas do you love? Share away!

featured image via Frankly Entertaining.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

7 Patriotic (and Fun!) July 4th Party Activities

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Hosting a July 4th party this year? A good party should have a few activities for guests to enjoy in between all the eating and drinking. Try one of these 7 fun July 4th party activities for your party!


1. Make July 4th Shirts

Near the beginning of your party, gather together your guests to create DIY July 4th shirts. Once they’re dry, everyone can wear them for the rest of the party, which could make for a really great group photo. This tutorial makes no-sew tanks with spray paint, but you could get a similar result with kid-safe fabric paint and a couple of paintbrushes. If you only have little kids at your party, this tutorial is a lot easier and faster to make.



2. Paint Everyone’s Faces

Line everyone up and paint their faces with patriotic images! Use the things you probably already have in your pantry (corn starch, milk, water, and food coloring) to make homemade face paint. Both adults and kids will enjoy sporting their favorite designs on their faces or arms! Here are some face painting ideas: stars, the flag, fireworks, blue-white-red rainbows, Uncle Sam’s hat, eagles, the letters USA, the country USA, and patriotic ribbons. For the superhero fans, what about Captain America’s shield?



3. Decorate Your Lawn with Stars

Once everyone is decorated with our country’s colors and symbols, work together to decorate the grass and sidewalks of your backyard and front yard with flour stars! This is a fun and easy activity for the kids to do. First, make a large stencil of a star and lay it down where you want the star to go. Spray water on the grass or concrete and then sift flour over it. Ta-da, white stars everywhere!



4. Create Patriotic Art

A craft for the kids during a party is always a fun idea, but sometimes a craft requires a lot of adult supervision. This freedom collage craft is perfect for a July 4th party because it’s all about creating without restrictions, which makes it perfect for celebrating our free country. Simply provide the materials and set everything up on a table and let the kids have fun! Once everything is dry, you could even hang them up to add more decor to your party. Clip the creations on a string and hang it on your fence, tack them up on a tree, or tape them to the end of a long table, whatever works for your party!



5. Play a Popcorn Relay Race

This is a fun and silly relay game that everyone can participate in, no matter their age, as long as they know how to walk! Attach a cup to each foot with string and fill it up with popcorn. Have your racers go as fast as they can without spilling the popcorn and fill up a huge basket of popcorn — whoever empties their portion of the popcorn first wins! And then everyone can enjoy chomping down on the popcorn, so there are no losers in this game.



6. Set Up a Photo Background

Hang up a large American flag and set up a photography backdrop for your guests to get a picture together! You could grab an old school Polaroid camera and give the pictures to your guests right away or email them the photos later with a “Thanks for coming!” note. Everyone will love their little mementos from your party and that’s better than any favor bag!



7. Have Fun with Glow Sticks

Fireworks are fun, but they’re not the only things that can light up the night. You can do so many fun activities with glow sticks and other glow toys, such as ring toss with glow sticks taped into circles, hopscotch with bigger glow circles, beach ball volleyball with glow sticks inside, and many more. Find more activities to do with glow sticks here!



What other fun July 4th party activities do you like to participate in? Share your favorite ones in the comments below, including links! I’m always looking for more fun party ideas and I’m sure you are, too!

For more 4th of July ideas, check out this top ten list by Remodelaholic.


“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!


Featured image courtesy of I Can Teach My Child.

26 Frozen Party Ideas

26 Frozen-Inspired Party Ideas

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Get inspiration for your next big bash with these fun and unique Disney's Frozen-Inspired Party ideas!

26 Frozen Themed Party Ideas!

Chances are you’re fully aware of the current obsession that is Disney’s newest animated flick.  Frozen hit theater’s last November and was instantly a box office smash.  With its catchy, modern tunes and whimsical, lovable characters it’s really no wonder why!  If your kids (and you!) were charmed by Frozen, why not use it as inspiration for a mega-fun bash?  With the ideas in this slideshow, you’ll be sure to create a party that’s just as big a hit as the movie!  From sweet treats and cakes to decorations, party games and activities we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re planning a dinner party, a “movie screening” or a “just because” hang out, Frozen offers the perfect backdrop for any get together – especially this season as we all wish for a big thaw from the bone-chilling temps!  These 26 Frozen Party ideas are sure to defrost your creative juices, at least!


Snowy invitation from Paging Supermom


White paper chain backdrop and Glittery Frozen sign from Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties.

Using Frozen toys as decorations from Bubbly Nature Creations

Frozen Inspired Silver and Clear Dessert Table byHostess with the Mostess

Frozen Themed Tablescape from The Handmade Home

Icicle Table Backdrop from Bubbly Nature Creations.


DIY ice cream cake with candy “ice” by Bubbly Nature Creations

“Snowball Tower” cake from Paging Supermom

Party Food:

Snowflake cookie cutter cheese slices from Bubbly Nature Creations

Adorable Frozen Themed Sweets Table from Crissy’s Crafts.

Magical Party Dip by She Saved

Frosty Dipped Oreos from Up Country Olio

Marshmallow pops from Around My Family Table

 “Build a snowman” cookie kit from Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties

Olaf cupcakes from Spoonful

Olaf-inspired plastic milk jugs?  by Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties

Snow Cap Punch from Bubbly Nature Creations

Frozen themed water bottle labels from Paging Supermom

Activities and Games:

Sven antlers and Elsa crowns by My Sister’s Suitcase

Snowball Toss by Bubbly Nature Creations

“Kristoff’s Ice Blocks Game” from Paging Supermom

Party Favors:

 DIY GLITTER Snowman play dough by No Time For Flashcards

Olaf Snow Globes by My Sister’s Suitcase

 Snow and Ice Bath Soak  from Paging Supermom.

Complete the Look:

Frozen Themed Printable Party Pack by Homeketeers!

Movie quote printableby Paging Supermom

 26 frozen inspired party ideas collage