8 DIY 4th Of July Party Ideas So You Can Show Your Patriotism With Booze and Food

Obviously, the best part of any holiday is the holiday party. And what better occasion is there to enjoy some festivities with your friends than the 4th of July? There's sun, barbecues, beaches, rampant patriotism (even dogs are getting in on it)...So if you're looking to throw a memorable shindig on our nation's birthday, we've compiled a DIY checklist to make sure your party is a huge success. From what to eat and drink to how to decorate like a pro, we've got everything you need to make sure your party is one for the books. Happy 4th!

Serve Red, White and Blue Drinks

Skip on the regular cocktails and go all out with red, white and blue drinks at your party. That way your guests can get their drink on Old Glory style.

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Decorate with DIY Suspended Floral Arrangements

This beautiful hanging flower arrangement from Swiish is easy to replicate at home and delivers a huge wow factor. Go old school and fill your vases with red, white and blue blooms.

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Serve Infused Water

Staying hydrated is especially important in the hotter summer months — take it to the next level by serving water infused with strawberry and basil or lemon and cucumber, like A Beautiful Mess does.

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Make DIY Flag Candles

No 4th of July party is complete without a plethora of flags decor. Get creative with them and use them to decorate your candles, like Coordinately Yours.

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Welcome them with something different

Instead of a glass of champagne or an aperitif, welcome your guests with something totally different, like a mojito soaked watermelon slice on a stick from The Shiksa.

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Get Grilling for your Guests

From skewers, to vegan barbecue, to essential barbecue sides and everything else in between, grilling is the way to go on the 4th. It’s easy to prep ahead of time and is a quick finish on the grill so you can still interact and entertain.

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DIY 4th of July Star Streamers

Festive and surprisingly easy to make, these DIY star streamers from Studio DIY are the perfect way to make it feel like a party.

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Go big on dessert

Dessert is the perfect place to showcase some red, white, and blue and impress guests with your pastry skills. Try this patriotic make-ahead trifle from The Kitchn.

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