It’s that time of year – school is over (or ending) and excitement is in the air as we all look forward to summer’s favorite holiday: Fourth of July! At VolunteerSpot, we’re proud to be supporting Fourth of July festivities of all kinds – from helping neighbors & families plan parades and picnics, to helping parks and rec. departments organize hundreds of volunteers for community concerts and fireworks shows. School groups are using VolunteerSpot's free scheduler to coordinate volunteers at their fireworks stand fundraisers and corporate volunteer captains are organizing fun runs and 5Ks to kick off the day’s fun.
Whether your July 4th celebration is intimate or grand, adding a few fun embellishments will make the day more festive for the whole family. We’ve asked party expert, Lisa Kothari, of Peppers and Polliwogs, to share some fun, low-cost party ideas to make your Fourth of July a star-spangled success. Thanks, Lisa!
Fourth of July Party Ideas: Fun & Low CostDecorations
- Instead of filling vases with flowers, fill them with blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. This is yummy and festive looking. Guests can scoop the berries out and add whipped cream for a truly red, white, and blue treat!
- Mix and match red, white, and blue solid paper ware. Cloth napkins in the same colors would also add an elegant touch.
- Sprinkle red, white, and blue confetti and candies around the table.
- Have the kids make small US flags and place them into red, white, and blue sand pails that have sand filler at the bottom! Turn this decoration into a game. Divide the kids into two teams and have them run, grab a flag, and quickly walk back to the team line, where the next person must do the same. The team that has all of the flags in hand most quickly wins! Let the kids take the flags home as a goody!
- Boil a dozen eggs and color some red and blue (be sure to keep some white)! Have an Egg Spoon Relay Race. Divide the kids into two teams, and provide each team with a spoon and eggs. The kids must balance a colored egg on their spoon and walk quickly from one end of the yard to the other and return. If the egg drops, the team member must begin again. The first team with all members completing the relay race wins!
- For older kids, water balloons will be loads of fun. A fun twist on traditional water balloon games is to create a small hole in each balloon, and then fill it with water. Let the kids toss the leaking balloon, which will become a bit of a time bomb as you don’t want to be the last one holding it when it finally runs out of water! Quick, easy, and fun!
- Have the girls add red, white, and blue star beads to their shoelaces for added fun.
- Freeze blueberries and raspberries in ice cube trays to make star spangled cubes.
- Make a rocket pop drink. Fill a glass with ice cubes. Carefully pour cranberry juice, blue Gatorade, and 7-Up into the glass directly over the ice cubes to maintain the patriotic colors.
- Make a batch of cupcakes and have the kids frost them and decorate them with red, white, and blue sprinkles.
~ Lisa Kothari
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