15 Jun

Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

Why does it already feel like the summer is flying by?! 4th of July will be here before we know it, and if you’re extra-pressed for time this year, but still want to add some fun & creativity to your get-together, here are 3 super quick/easy/affordable ideas that will help bring the Independence Day spirit to life at your party without sacrificing even more of your sleep schedule! *wink*

Fireworks are always one of the first things I always think of when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, so that’s where my inspiration came from for these 3 simple projects:

Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

IDEA #1: Sparkly Patriotic Drink Stirrers
First up… the drinks! One of the easiest ways to dress up drinks is to add some creative stirrers. To make these “fireworks” stirrers, all you need are: wooden bamboo skewers (available at any grocery store) + sparkly metallic pipe cleaners (also called “chenille stems”) + hot glue.

There are 3 different designs pictured here:
1. For the “Simple Fireworks” design, simply cut one stirrer into 8 equal pieces (they will be small). Criss cross and twist 2 pieces together. Do this again with another 2 pieces then hot glue the 2 twisted “pairs” together to form a “starburst” looking shape.

2. For the “2-color Fireworks” design, cut a red pipe cleaner into 6 pieces, stack them together vertically, and pinch/twist the bottoms of one end of the stack together, just like a bouquet. Hot glue the twisted portion of the stack to the end of a skewer, then twist 1/2 a blue pipe cleaner around the bottom to cover the glued portion of the red pipe cleaners, so that it looks like the red “rays” are bursting out from the blue.

3. For the 3rd “Petal Fireworks” design, you’ll need a Martha Stewart flower shaped craft punch and red & blue glitter scrapbook paper, which are both available at Michaels. Punch 1 flower each from the red and blue paper, then layer them on top of each other, twisting the top one so it “fills in the petal gaps” of the bottom one. Twist together 1/2 a blue pipe cleaner + 1/2 a red pipe cleaner, to form one 2-color stem, then wrap & twist that piece around the top of a wooden skewer. Hot glue your “petal firework” to the top of the embellished skewer, and done! (I know that seems like a long explanation, but trust me it only takes a minute to do it all.)

And now that you’ve got your cute drink stirrers ready to go, continue with the “quick and easy” vibe and serve them up with some convenient & ready-to-pour Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiris! No mixing required, just open and pour over ice.

Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

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Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

IDEA #2: Sparkly DIY Table Runner
For this oh-so-easy table runner (which could also double as a hanging garland), you’ll need red & blue glitter paper, circular craft punches in 2 sizes (I used 2″ and 2.5″) + white ric rack ribbon + tacky glue. Simply alternate the colors/sizes of the circles across the ribbon in equal increments & secure with tacky glue. Done!

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Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

IDEA #3: Sparkly Hanging Garlands
These hanging garlands are very similar to the table runner project, except you’ll need to swap out the ric rack ribbon for fishing wire and double up on the paper circles so that the garland is 2 sided. Once again you’ll need 2 sizes of a circular craft punch and red & glue glitter paper + fishing wire and a glue stick. Super easy!

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Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

This summer, rediscover the daiquiri. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet. http://bacardidaiquiri.glam.com

Please drink responsibly.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation was provided by Bacardi via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bacardi.


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13Comments

1
Lori SAYS:

Love the drink stirrers. Great idea.

Reply June 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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Leslie SAYS:

What cute ideas! And a ready to pour daiquiri…oh thank goodness it is summer!

Reply June 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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Kids Party Idea SAYS:

Thanks for sharing wonderful ideas. I liked it so much.

Reply June 16, 2011 at 4:17 am

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Festive Party Girl SAYS:

I love when such simple ideas create something so cute. I’m thinking that the drink stirrers could also be used for fruit kabobs. Thanks for sharing!

Reply June 16, 2011 at 7:05 am

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www.StarHughes.com SAYS:

I love these sparklers! So easy to make and are the perfect detail for a 4th of July party! Great idea!
Star Hughes Living

Reply June 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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Sandi SAYS:

Great ideas! love some sparkle, esp for the 4th!

Reply June 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

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Melissa Finn SAYS:

How sparkly can you get? It’s a good way to celeb!

Reply June 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

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Cynthia @ Storage Units SAYS:

Usually, the simple things are the best. Great idea with the stirrer :D

Reply June 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

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Brianna Olds - CoolProducts SAYS:

Way to make things sparkle and shine! Such a new perspective on an old holiday! We’ll definitely keep these in mind when searching for entertaining products! Thanks for blogging this!

Brianna Olds
CoolProducts Social Media Marketing Manager

Reply June 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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DJ SAYS:

We made this garland for my daughter’s New Year’s Eve wedding using gold glitter paper and foil paper. It was hung above the dance floor and looked great!
I was surprised to see this very same idea! Great minds think alike!!!

Reply June 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

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Jackie SAYS:

Great ideas. Love the drink stirers. It is a great way to dress up any drink for the holiday.

Reply July 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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Samantha SAYS:

i love the sparkle!!!

Reply May 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm

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Melodie SAYS:

These are the kinds of little details that can take your celebration from ordinary to extraordinary! Great ideas!

Reply May 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

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