These show-stopping ideas are sure to take your Independence Day celebration to the next level.

Southerners love the Fourth of July! It’s a great occasion to celebrate everything we admire about America, and it’s one of the best times of year to throw a perfectly themed party. Red, white, and blue embellish countless backyards as friends and family plan to gather for cookouts and pool bashes. If you’re running short on Independence Day ideas, don’t fret.

Katie Jacobs, blogger at Styling My Everyday and author of So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining The Ones You Love The Whole Year Through teamed up with Southern Living to give you fresh, fun, and festive party decor ideas for your shindig. It all starts with the centerpiece, which really pulls everything together. For the Fourth of July, try collecting vintage soda bottles and grouping them together in a rustic wooden crate. Top off each bottle with freshly picked flowers for a charming and simple focal point. What would Independence Day be without a few sparklers? Embellish your front door with an antique tin can, and fill it with American flags, greens, and sparklers! Your guests will be able to pick up the props as they enter the party.

Of course, don’t forget the most important party of a good celebration – snacks. Complete your tablescape with fresh watermelon, homemade strawberry shortcake, and cherry limeade. These delicious treats are sure to get everyone in the mood to party. Here’s a tip: use enamel plates and bowls instead of paper or plastic for a more refined but equally sturdy option.

Lastly, we can’t forget the booze. Try putting a red, white, and blue popsicle in a glass of champagne for a delicious and festive adults-only cocktail. With all of these tips and tricks in mind, it’s sure to be an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration.