4th of July: 8 Ways to Start Your Summer Backyard Fun

There is always LIBERTY in personalizing your summer gatherings. It’s time to use your FREEDOM in designing too! Running out of ideas for summer? Independence day marks the start of our summer backyard events. 

Let’s first FREE your mind about creating backyard fun. It doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. In this article, I will help you turn up the heat for the summer with 8 quick ways to decorate and organize your backyard.

From decor DIYs to cute food displays and entertaining activities. We make your backyard get-together festive by accentuating the colors RED, WHITE, and BLUE. 

1. Make it a Twofer, Repurpose

Save money by repurposing your spring door wreath into something patriotic by decorating it with the colors— red, white, and blue. Everything you need can be found at your local craft store. Add decorative sprigs or foliage in the wreath and add red, white, and blue ribbons tied in a bow to add a festive touch.

You can never go wrong with sprinkling flags attached with wreath picks around the wreath to elevate your wreath just right.

happy independence day

2. Think Outside the Box: Have fun with Molds

Ice molds or cookie-cutter molds will help you display foods and drinks creatively because magically, foods taste better when they’re presented beautifully. Think of different ways you can use fruit, sweets, and snacks to decorate. Use molds and cookie cutters to dress up the table and shape your snacks into fun sizes! Kids and adults alike will surely love this cute idea. 

Here are additional ideas:

  • Stick a mint leaf or berries in ice cube moldings and your punch bowl instantly looks, gourmet.
  • Display fruit on a skewer instead of a bowl. Use a cookie cutter to make watermelon stars and place the watermelon at the top of the skewer. Next, add the blueberries and slide them one by one up the stem of the skewer. Place the skewers inside a glass vessel and voila!
berries inside ice cubes

3. Want Bougie, Classy? Keep it Real!

To make your party a little classier, decorate your table with a fresh flower centerpiece. Red roses mixed with white and blue carnations (the florist can spray them blue) is an inexpensive gesture that nods to your gracious backyard hosting game. If your event is small and intimate, upscale your table decor with real silverware, plates, glassware, cloth napkins, and a table runner. If you have a larger party, you can cut your cleaning time in half, by buying high-end matching disposable utensils that are festive. Clean-up instantly becomes a breeze.

Independence day flower centerpiece

4. It's All About the Details

Little details like adding decor and creative garnishes to the food can instantly transform a food table and make it more inviting. Purchase toothpick flags and spice up your burgers and cupcakes in seconds. In an instant, the food screams eat me! It’s instant eye candy for your guests before they even take a bite!

US flags with hamburgers

5. Be Cool in the Pool

Got a Pool? Everyone loves pool parties! Make the party a splash by following the red, white, and blue color motif— be it flops, sunglasses, or even towels! This is a creative way to marry your party theme and the color palette. Try it and watch your guest have a ton of fun. These items are festive and will also add pizazz when your guests take photos too.

Independence Day Pool Party

6. Display Colorful Food & Drinks

What’s inexpensive, tasty, and already red, white, and blue? Bomb pops! A must-have during this season! Adults can always keep the party going when kids are occupied by the enjoyment of bomb pops and sweet treats like cupcakes or cookies from the bakery that are already 4th of July festive. If possible, make red, white, and blue drinks too, and don’t forget to add cute umbrellas into your drink glasses.

Food for the summer

7. Fireworks and Kid-Friendly Activities

Fireworks is symbolic of the very first Independence Day and the tradition which represents national prosperity where patriotism lives on. Until it’s time for evening fireworks, create fun for the children by offering yard games, like giant Jenga and cornhole to name a few. Create an atmosphere of fun for all of your guests. 


8. Good Food Puts You in a Good Mood

Good food brings family and friends together and since grilling is the heart of a 4th of July cookout, investing in a quality meat thermometer will ensure that you offer good food by not overcooking the meat. Be timely and don’t make your guests wait too long to eat. 

Lastly, plan ahead and take the stress out of planning your July 4th party. Party safely!

Independence Day party