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Host a Fireworks-Watching Party That's an Absolute Blast

Wow your friends with a sparkling — literally! — berry trifle.

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Photography by: Taylor Grayson Photo

Grilled hot dogs, family poolside gatherings, backyard BBQs, fresh potato salad, patriotic streamers, and of course, fireworks all make the Fourth of July something worth celebrating. This year, before leaning back in the lawn chair to witness the night sky implode with a series of colorful explosions, you may want to consider hosting your own fireworks watching party. After all, the days leading up to America's birthday will be booming with firework shows ranging from Philadelphia, Nashville, New York, and your own backyard.

 

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Send Out Sparkling Invitations

 

Red, white, and blue clip-art will make it a summer breeze when creating sparkler-inspired invitations so all are welcome to attend the fireworks extravaganza.

 

[MAKE THESE: Fourth of July Clip-Art Invitations]
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Photography by: Taylor Grayson Photo

Light Up the Night

 

Your friends will be seeing stars — literally. In the twilight hours leading up to total darkness right before the fireworks come to play you'll need a bit of light. Add a festive glow to your firework watch soirée with these sparklers packaged as party favors. Don't forget matching matchboxes (adults only) that are packaged with cute catchphrases.

 

[PRINT THESE: Fourth of July Sparkler Packages Clip-Art]
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Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Serve Up This American Pie

 

What's the saying? As American as... pizza pie? Keep things easy — and easily impressive — with this patriotic pizza. Topped with tomatoes, cheese, and blue potatoes, it's made to look just like the American flag (and everyone will want a slice.) To pair with it, prepare a quenching pitcher of watermelon cucumber cooler or pop the cork off a glittered champagne bottle.

 

[GET THE RECIPE: Flag Pizza]
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Display the Red, White, and Blue

 

It's America's birthday! Now is the time to pull out all the stops, patriotically speaking. Display your American flag, luminous paper lanterns, balloons that pop with confetti, and brass star ornaments. (Extra better: have them serve double duty when the sun goes down as party lights.) It's also fun to use fireworks as inspiration for the decor as done here: Inexpensive and readily available, spider mums can be tinted to look like fireworks. Group blooms of different colors in assorted vessels for a dazzling display.

 

[GET THE HOW-TO: Fiery Flowers Display]
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Photography by: Aaron Dyer

Show Your Star-Spangled Spirit

 

Just in case your guests are hungry with fireworks anticipation, hold them off with their own DIY whimsical pom-poms to shake and cheer all evening long.

 

[MAKE THESE: Fourth of July Pom-Poms]
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Upstage the Fireworks with Your Own Sparkling Dessert

 

After the evening's fireworks have fizzled, serving a patriotic berry truffle with twinkling sparklers on top will be the perfect encore to a celebratory summer evening.

 

[GET THE RECIPE: Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle]

Feeling inspired? Watch how to recreate three sparkler-inspired party ideas:

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