Easy 4th of July Party Decorating Ideas for Busy Hostesses

Katie Jacobs and Mary Huddleston 4th of July Party Cookout
Photo: Evin Photography

We'll say it: 4th of July parties in the South are just better. Between the food and the festivities, there isn't a better group of people to spend the 4th of July with than Southerners. Plus, who can resist an excuse to eat classic cookout food and spend time with friends? We'll never turn down an offer for a good time celebrating what we love about our country. If you're planning on hosting a 4th of July party, we've rounded up a few of our favorite 4th of July party decorating ideas so that your party is one to remember. From floral centerpieces to easy DIY decor, these 4th of July party decorating ideas are sure to impress your guests and encourage them to come back for all of your holiday affairs. A poolside bash is sure to keep kids and adults occupied until the fireworks start in the evening. Or stock your backyard with yard games that everyone will enjoy, and when the evening cools off, you can light your fire pit for late night s'mores. However you plan to celebrate the 4th of July this year, these decorating ideas are high on festivity but low on cost and planning.

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Decorate with Fresh Elements

4th of July table setting with strawberries, red and white flowers, and blue paper placemats
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Because red can be a difficult color to incorporate in decorations, Kelly Revels and Bryce Vann Brock decorated their Fourth of July table with a basket of fresh strawberries at each place setting. Guests can take the fruit home as a fresh party favor along with the hand drawn cocktail recipe card. See more inspiration from this Fourth of July bash here.

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Make a 4th-Themed Charcuterie Board

July 4th Charcuterie Board
Joy Howard

While the hot dogs and burgers are on the grill, offer your guests a July 4th-themed charcuterie board to fight off the munchies. They won't be able to resist the spread of mini cherry pies, sprinkle cookies, and fresh berries.

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Create a Festive Wreath

Steps 6-7
Laurey W. Glenn

Your guests will never know that this easy craft only took you a few minutes to make. Plus, it's made from paper straws – how fun! Whether you hang it on your front door or under the pergola in your backyard, this red, white, and blue wreath is an adorable ode to the Fourth of July. See the details on how to make the wreath here.

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Make Flag-Inspired Donut Wands

Red, White & Blue Donut Wands
Southern Living

If you're looking for an easy activity for the little ones to enjoy, set up a dessert station for them to make their own red, white, and blue donut wands. All you need is powdered donut holes, sprinkles, white chocolate, and plastic straws.

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Keep Decor Simple

Katie Jacobs and Mary Huddleston 4th of July Party Cookout
Evin Photography

Miniature American flags make for a festive addition to any floral centerpiece. Blue Mason jars filled with fluffy hydrangea bundles accomplish a sophisticate, yet inexpensive centerpiece with a gingham table runner. Mix and match festive plastic plates with linen napkins to finish off the look. See more of this Fourth of July backyard cookout here.

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Wrap Your Festivities in a Patriotic Ribbon Bunting

Ribbon Bunting Step 3
Laurey W. Glenn

Nothing says, "The party's this way," like a decorative element at the end of your driveway or walkway to welcome guests into your home. This DIY ribbon bunting is a fun craft that the kids could even help with before the party begins. You might already have all the supplies you need if you're an avid gift wrapper. See the details for how to make this patriotic ribbon bunting here.

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Bundle Up

Patriotic Table Setting
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Instead of setting a formal table spread, place everything that your guests may need in a festive bucket so they can easily carry their party supplies with them around the backyard. Star-shaped sparklers make for a fun activity for kids and adults once the sun sets. See all the details of this all-American table setting here.

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Pepper the Party Area with Pinwheels

Steps 5-6
Laurey W. Glenn

Patriotic decorations can feel a bit repetitive at times, so why not keep your party decor whimsical with these DIY Patriotic Pinwheels? Streamers are so last year, and these pinwheels will float in the breeze with a bit more pizazz. You could hang them along a fence in your yard or against your house as a cute photo booth station. See the details for how to make these patriotic pinwheels here.

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Stock the Bar (Cart)

4th of July Outdoor Party Bar Cart
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Whether your guests are looking to top off their drink, or grab another sparkler before the firework festivities begin, be sure to keep your outdoor bar cart stocked with all the right essentials. Fresh garnishes like rosemary, basil, and mint add interest to the typical display of glassware and a punch bowl.

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Fly the Flag in a Centerpiece

Step 3
Laurey W. Glenn

Looking for a creative way to display the American flag beside hanging one from your flag post? This DIY floral flag arrangement is a pretty display to put on a coffee table or buffet table at your Fourth of July party. All you'll need are red, white, and blue flowers – any type of flower that you can find in those colors will work – and 40 skinny clear vases. See the details for how to make this floral flag here.

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Refresh with a Pool-Side Popsicle Station

4th of July Party Popsicle display in giant shell dish
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Not all coolers are quite the aesthetic that a Southern hostess hopes to show off during a party. You can use any sturdy bowl or (clean) stone planter as a pretty popsicle display for kids to enjoy while playing in the pool. Be sure to prepare it right as guests are arriving to avoid a sticky, melted mess.

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Save Room for the Kiddos

Katie Jacobs and Mary Huddleston 4th of July Party Kids Area
Evin Photography

Dedicate a space for the kids to grab their own snacks and drinks between jumping contests in the pool. You can even include activities like bubble wands and jump ropes for them to play with.

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