Cheer the Fourth with a budget friendly party
It’s already time to start planning. Amazingly enough, the Fourth of July is nearly upon us.
And that means a party that needs a bit of sizzle and snap. If you live in an area that allows sparklers, snaps and firecrackers, you’re halfway there.
But it doesn’t take a trip to the fireworks stand to put on an old-fashioned, all-American party. Head to some of your favorite stores to decorate that porch, or dining room, if the weather pulls people inside.
The best thing about the Fourth? With the possible exception of Halloween, it calls for the most casual food and décor of any of the holiday, and that means it won’t break your budget.
So think burgers, dogs, brats, potato salad and chips.
Nothing says “red white and blue” better than pound cake, topped with a mixture of blueberries and strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream.
And we’re all for paper plates, just as long as they’re festive.
And for the rest of the decorations? We’ve put together some budget friendly festive decor ideas…
Let’s start with the walls. Remind everyone of the big day with a glittering red Happy Fourth of July sign. The Crafty Crocodile Red Glitter Happy 4th of July Sign, on sale $24.73 (plus 3% Cash Back), sears.com
Before moving on to the table, consider your chairs. Whether or not you have a pool, you’ll find a few festive towels tossed on deck chairs will be both decorative and practical. If it’s hot out, turn on the sprinklers, let the kids run free, and your festive Flag Beach Towels will come in handy. Tommy Hilfiger Flag Beach Towel, on sale $19.99 (plus 3% Cash Back), macys.com
Next, remember that the festivities will go on at night. Get a couple of strands of red, white and blue sparkle stars and hang them along your porch, or anywhere inside where people will gather. Camco Stars Party Lights, $8.52 (plus 2% Cash Back), walmart.com
Finally, the table. Add a fast and easy touch of patriotism with a 4th of July themed table cloth. We love the eye-catching fireworks and colors on this firework tablecloth from Kohl’s. Americana Firework Tablecloth, 60″ x 102″, on sale $8.10 (plus 2% Cash Back), kohls.com