The Fourth of July really snuck up on me this year! It feels like just yesterday I was spring cleaning and planting my garden and now here we are at Independence Day already. Amidst the busyness of life I’ve found myself unprepared for our 4th of July party with family and friends, which of course gave me a small panic! What will people think when there are no intricate decorations or desserts that take days to prep? But then I remembered that there are people out there much smarter and better at party planning than me. I found some amazing DIY ideas that can be done in a hurry. So whether the holiday snuck up on you or you prefer the thrill of doing things in a rush, these are the best last minute decorations and snacks to make your 4th of July patriotic and fun!
Last Minute patriotic Decor
Patriotic Bottle Centerpieces
These centerpieces are as easy as a trip to the dollar store plus a few cold drinks and some white paint. Step 1: Enjoy your favorite bottled drink. Step 2: Paint the inside, then let them dry. Step 3: Decorate them to your heart’s desire! You can even get the kids in on this one and have them do the decorating for you.
red, white and blue yarn balls
Crack open the Christmas decor box and grab some of those string lights! These adorable yarn ball lights are perfect for Independence Day. Yarn balls are extremely easy to make and they always find their way into my decor (especially when yet another holiday sneaks up on me!).
popsicle stick flags
These look far more complicated than they really are. Popsicle sticks, paint and star stickers are all you need! Tape them to chair backs, use them as table decoration or grab some ribbon and hang them for a perfect last minute decoration.
streamer table runner
This is an amazing idea and I can’t wait to use it for all of my parties. Grab some streamers and weave them together to create a perfect table runner for your BBQ. The best part about it? If it gets ripped or ruined by the end of the night, you can just toss it!
last minute patriotic snacks
It takes more time to lick your way to the center of a tootsie pop than it does to make this centerpiece 😉. It even doubles as a fun snack for your guests! A bucket, bowl, jar or vase and some red and blue lollipops and you are all set.
firecracker jell-o cups
It doesn’t look like it but these are very simple to make, I promise. They are a definite crowd pleaser: patriotic, easy and delish, the perfect trifecta!
Candy covered pretzel sticks are a favorite at my house. They are easy to make and offer a nice combination of crunchy, sweet and salty. You can get detailed with stripes and sprinkles or just keep it simple with red, white and blue candy coating.
red, white and blue strawberry shortcake dessert
How much easier can a snack get than crumbled shortcake, cut up strawberries and adorable blue whipped cream? This snack is delicious and unreasonably easy to prepare. Use bowls to layer this dessert or step it up a notch with some stemless wine glasses.
While I would love to be the kind of woman who plans parties and BBQ’s with ease, that’s just not the case. Luckily there are easy and quick solutions out there to make our holiday events perfect! And at the end of the day what really matters are the people you love and the memories that are made. Everything else is just extra. Happy Independence Day!
Article written by Tabbie Stark, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable, affordable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects. Check them out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.