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6 Patriotic Party Ideas For A Great Fourth of July BBQ

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s a beautiful day to celebrate our country and also a lovely reason to join family and friends together for a summer BBQ. Here are six ideas that will help you make your Fourth of July party a blast for both the grownups and the little ones.

1.  Food: Hot Dog Bar

Try Hostess with the Mostest’s festive hot dog bar!

Hot dogs are the simplest meat to cook on the grill, but they sometimes need a little pizazz to allure the grownups in the same way they excite the kids. A patriotic hot dog bar with all the fun toppings brings something different to an All-American hot dog. Hostess with the Mostess offers fun free printables (including hot dog topping recipes) to make your table special.

2.  Drinks: Red, Wine & Blue Summer Spritzer

Your guests will love Wine and Glue’s spritzer!

When you are outside in the warm afternoon and evening, a refreshing spritzer is always a good idea. This simple and delicious recipe from Wine and Glue includes: white wine, white soda, frozen cherries, and frozen blueberries.

For the kids, either replace the white wine with white grape juice, or simply fill a large water dispenser with the leftover berries for red, white, and blue water.

3.  Decor: Mason Jars

Here are two easy mason jar ideas that will make your BBQ adorable without taking up too much of your time:

A Soft Place To Land’s simple and festive utensil holders.

For the first mason jar decor option, follow A Soft Place To Land’s simple utensil jar idea. Each guest will get their own mason jar, red or blue bandana napkin, and utensils. Not only is it a convenient and practical way to offer the guests their utensils, they become an adorable decor piece before dinner.

Hometalk offers this simple flag jar DIY.

The second mason jar decor option comes from Hometalk. These patriotic luminaries can be created from mason jars or pickle jars (whatever you have around the house). Use mod podge to glue on dollar store flags, fill them with tea lights, and wrap twine around the lip. This is a great idea for leading guests into your house or adding extra light to the tables after the sun goes down.

4.  Games: Stars and Stripes Bean Bag Toss

A patriotic game for the whole party from Charles Hudson.

Nothing may scream, “American BBQ,” more than bean bag toss (commonly called cornhole). The Charles Hudson blog has an easy-to-follow tutorial on creating your own bean bag toss game that you can paint red, white, and blue for your Fourth of July BBQ.

5.  Activity: DIY Patriotic Chalk

Project Alicia knows how to keep the kids happy during the BBQ!

One great way to keep all the kids at the BBQ entertained for hours is to create your own red, white, and blue chalk. Your kids can help you create the chalk ahead of time. Project Alicia gives us a simple recipe for the homemade chalk that you could easily form into the shape of stars to keep the patriotism flowing.

6.  Dessert: Red and White Cupcake In A Jar

A delicious and adorable dessert idea from Two Sisters Crafting!

For dessert, red, white, and blue cupcakes are a great idea, but why not keep the mason jar theme going? Two Sisters Crafting has a phenomenal recipe for a patriotic cupcake in a jar. They are a simple way to make an impressive dessert. And the added bonus is that you can make these the day before and keep them in the fridge.

What patriotic party ideas are you planning to do with your kids this month? Share your ideas and creations by tagging us (we’re @justsayinvinyl) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and we’ll post our favorites!

With love, stars & stripes,

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