The 4th of July is always a fun way to celebrate Independence Day. It helps kids learn a little about history and is always a good reason for a get-together with friends, neighbors and family. If you’re looking for a different twist this year, throw a Red, White and Blue Barbecue. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on supplies. You can pick up most of what you need at the discount store. Here are a few party ideas to celebrate Independence Day.
Start with some inexpensive party supplies. Pick up some rolls of red, white or blue crepe paper streamers. If you’re going to be outside in humidity, you might want to try plastic flag banners or patriotic garlands. Hang them across the back yard, along the fence or over the patio where everyone will be sitting. Another inexpensive necessity is coordinating plates, cups and napkins. Remember, you don’t have to get red, white and blue of everything. Perhaps make the cups red, the streamers and napkins white and the plates blue. Don’t forget the balloons.
Crafty Uncle Sam Contest
Have a contest to see who can be the most creative Uncle Sam. Either announce the contest beforehand and let guests come up with their own Uncle Sam costume, or set up a table with some craft supplies. Provide cotton balls, yarn, glue or tape, party hats, scissors, cardboard, paper plates, construction paper, empty coffee cans and novelty patriotic sunglasses. Don’t forget some inexpensive party favors for the winners.
Red, White and Blue Cupcakes
No matter what menu you serve, you’ll need a dessert. Bake some cupcakes using patriotic cupcake baking cups and top them with white frosting. Let your guests decorate them with some other toppings. Provide colored sugar, chocolate sprinkles, red hots, fresh blueberries, cherries or strawberries.
The most important thing about your Red, White and Blue Barbecue is to have fun and celebrate our country’s independence. If you’re on a really tight budget, keep the guest list small and choose your menu very carefully. Consider having a pot luck and provide the All-American hotdogs and an apple pie, while your guests provide the sides.
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