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It's the Fourth of July! Break Out the Red, White, and Bubbly

It's the Fourth of July! Break Out the Red, White, and Bubbly

Yes, "bubbly!" America is turning another year older and it's time to party like it's 1776! Get out everything red, white, and blue, and celebrate in style with these patriotic party ideas.

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Summertime and the Snacking's Easy

For most parties, I like to keep the menu easy, stress-free, and as mess-free for my guests (and myself!) as possible. Think about food that guests can eat with their hands to eliminate the need for additional utensils or cutlery. (That means less dishes for you too.)

  • Watermelon Wedges on a Stick
    Watermelon Wedges on a Stick

    One of my favorite summer staples? Watermelon! It's an easy fruit to serve and even more fun and mess free when you serve the wedges on sticks. Use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes or letters to spell out "USA" for a festive touch.

  • Lobster Rolls
    Lobster Rolls

    Lobster rolls really symbolize summer for me and are a great and easy meal to serve to guests. Don't be intimidated by the thought of using lobster either. This recipe is so easy and delicious too! Serve the toasted rolls with a side of chips.

  • Watermelon Wedges on a Stick
    Watermelon Wedges on a Stick

    One of my favorite summer staples? Watermelon! It's an easy fruit to serve and even more fun and mess free when you serve the wedges on sticks. Use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes or letters to spell out "USA" for a festive touch.

  • Lobster Rolls
    Lobster Rolls

    Lobster rolls really symbolize summer for me and are a great and easy meal to serve to guests. Don't be intimidated by the thought of using lobster either. This recipe is so easy and delicious too! Serve the toasted rolls with a side of chips.

Raise a Glass to America

When it comes to the bar menu, think fun, festive, and celebratory! It is America's birthday after all, so what better way to celebrate than by popping a bottle of bubbly?! This red, white, and bubbly bar is simple to put together and creates a fun and interactive element for your guests. It also allows them to go back and try new combinations each time.

  • Red, White, and Blue Berries
    Red, White, and Blue Berries

    Place fruit juices into glass bottles and mixed berries and other fruit in glass dishes. Set out tongs for guests to use to pick their fruit to add to their glasses.

  • Star-Spangled Spirits
    Star-Spangled Spirits

    Label your juice bottles and fruit-filled glass vessels with these printable star labels. Just cut them out, write your selections on the white stars and offset them on top of the red or blue colored stars. Tape them onto your vessels and place them onto your champagne bar.

  • Star-Spangled Spirits
    Star-Spangled Spirits

    Label your juice bottles and fruit-filled glass vessels with these printable star labels. Just cut them out, write your selections on the white stars and offset them on top of the red or blue colored stars. Tape them onto your vessels and place them onto your champagne bar.

  • Red, White, and Blue Berries
    Red, White, and Blue Berries

    Place fruit juices into glass bottles and mixed berries and other fruit in glass dishes. Set out tongs for guests to use to pick their fruit to add to their glasses.

Break Out the Bubbly

Get the party started by popping the cork off an extra-special bottle. These glitter champagne bottles are an easy do-it-yourself project and really add some sparkly fun to your champagne bar!

  • champagne glass fruit and rock candy
  • champagne popping
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  • crafted sparkly bottles

Keep Cool

Place your bottles in a drink tub and surround them with those red and blue fruit ice cubes for an extra pretty touch. To make your own Americana-themed ice cubes, use filtered water that's been boiled and cooled twice to achieve that clear glassy look. Place a mixture of red and blue berries into a large square ice cube tray and freeze overnight.

Patriotic Popsicles

Red, white, and blue popsicles are a must! Popsicles are the perfect frozen treat to serve in the summer and the layers of red, white, and blue add some American fun to your celebration. I love this recipe (martha popsicle recipe). Serve them in a bucket full of red and blue fruit ice cubes.

Make it Sparkle

A fun and festive way to celebrate the Fourth of July is to let your guests create their own party bags full of fireworks to use when the sun goes down. Display different options and set out red, white, and blue bags. Then, let people mix and match their favorites.

  • Glow and Glitter
    Glow and Glitter

    Glow sticks are the perfect way to included the small kids that are too little to play with poppers or sparklers. Get double duty out of the printable star labels from the bubbly bar by using them to label all of the fireworks options you place on your table.

  • Boom and Bang
    Boom and Bang

    Fill glass vases with colored sand or gravel and use them as a base to hold up your fireworks and poppers. I displayed sparklers, poppers, confetti cannons, and even glow sticks too.

  • Pop and Bubble
    Pop and Bubble

    Here's an extra decor-meets-edible idea: red, white, and blue gumball centerpieces. Layer alternating colored gumballs in a clear vase or container and top with small American flags. Not only is it fun and playful decor for your DIY fireworks bar, but guests can munch on the bubble gum throughout your party too!

  • Boom and Bang
    Boom and Bang

    Fill glass vases with colored sand or gravel and use them as a base to hold up your fireworks and poppers. I displayed sparklers, poppers, confetti cannons, and even glow sticks too.

  • Glow and Glitter
    Glow and Glitter

    Glow sticks are the perfect way to included the small kids that are too little to play with poppers or sparklers. Get double duty out of the printable star labels from the bubbly bar by using them to label all of the fireworks options you place on your table.

  • Pop and Bubble
    Pop and Bubble

    Here's an extra decor-meets-edible idea: red, white, and blue gumball centerpieces. Layer alternating colored gumballs in a clear vase or container and top with small American flags. Not only is it fun and playful decor for your DIY fireworks bar, but guests can munch on the bubble gum throughout your party too!

Light it Up

For guests that don't want to create their own bags, place sparklers in these printable sparkler sleeves and hand them out or place them on the table for guests to grab! Place a bowl full of match boxes out, wrapped with these free printable matchbox wrappers so that guests can use them when it gets dark. No need to share a lighter when everyone has their own personal box.

Credits

Author: Ashley Lloyd of Let's Mingle | @letsmingleblog
Photography: Taylor Grayson Photo | @nottaylorgrayson

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