"Stars & Stripes" Patriotic Party
Break out the red, white and blue to celebrate the Good Ol' U.S.A. at a Summer BBQ, on Memorial Day, the 4th of July or Labor Day! Follow our Poppin' Party Guide below for everything you need to host your own patriotic celebration. Also be sure to check out our collection of printable patriotic decorations!
In need of some festive dining table decor? This entire patriotic tablescape is available for purchase and comes with everything you see shown in the image above except for the white plates, mason jars and silverware. Check it our here!
• • • DECOR • • •
Banners are my favorite type of printable because you can use them to decorate a variety of areas throughout your celebration or home! I added these patriotic banner flags to the front of my dessert cart, on the backsplash of my beverage bar and on the chandelier above my dining table!
If you’re a fellow fan of this rustic patriotic look, you can’t go wrong combining elements like raw wood, burlap, metal and crochet lace into your decor! For my pattern lovers, I highly recommend incorporating plaid!
For my tablescape I started with a rustic lace table runner then added a plaid handkerchief on top to accent my white, wooden “Liberty” centerpiece. Lighting is so important when creating a festive atmosphere and I’m a big fan of candles on my dinner table so these blue glass votives were perfect! You can never have enough sparkle when celebrating occasions such as the 4th of July and I felt these battery operates wooden star lights added just the right amount!
Reusable is a must when it comes to the type of drinkware, plates and utensils I use when entertaining! If you’re looking for recommendations, Mason Jars or Glass Milk Bottles are my top picks to use for beverages. I really enjoy finding new ways to dress up my drinks, which can easily be done with festive straws and printable Mason Jar Wraps!
In regards to plates, I always start with my basic white china as a base set off by a festive melamine, ceramic or metal accent dish! These nickel-plated metal dishes were a great and affordable find and I love how they accent my crochet lace napkins! I love napkin rings but don’t own many so I decided to make my own out of the same handkerchief I used in my centerpiece, which really helped tie the entire tablescape together!
• • • DRINKS • • •
Wet bars make excellent beverage stations! Check out all of the details of how I created this La Croix Beverage Bar here!
• • • FOOD & DESSERT • • •
When it comes to celebrating the Good Ol’ U.S.A. you can’t seem to go wrong with serving hot dogs and hamburgers! Try mixing things up by creating a “BBQ Bar,” full of a variety of toppings your guests can choose to add, from blue cheese and bacon bits to deep fried onion pieces and Jalapeños!
Whenever I entertain I create multiple stations of food and beverages to keep the party moving and my guests mingling! Antique tea carts or bar carts made excellent dessert trollies! To decorate my cart I used a lace table runner as a base then added my framed printable dessert table sign and pinwheels, which I anchored with white marble stones from Dollar Tree in a mason jar wrapped with ribbon also from Dollar Tree. Sparkler Tags are adorable on actual sparklers but in this case I used them on my chocolate pretzel sparklers! To display the sparkler treats I anchored them with more white marble stones in a tin cutlery caddy, which I accented with a burlap bow from Dollar Tree.
Dessert Table Tip: Placing cupcakes in festive accent dishes at various heights adds visual interest and impact to any dessert display! I got these star dishes and cupcake stand from “Bullseye’s Playground” at Target. Cupcake Toppers are another fun way to dress up cupcakes while creating additional decor for your dessert display!
• • • FAVORS • • •
Make your patriotic dessert table shimmer and sparkle with these Sweet Chocolate Sparklers, which you can learn to make here! They also double as fun and flavorful party favors for your patriotic party that the kiddos are especially sure to love! S’more Treat bags are another fun option that could be used at the party or make a sweet party favor!
• • • SHOPPING LIST • • •
FOOD & DESSERTS
✔ Hot Dogs
✔ Hot Dog Buns
✔ Hamburger Patties
✔ Hamburger Buns
✔ Sweet Sparkler Treats
✔ Cupcake Toppers
S’mores Treat Bags
✔ S’mores Treat Bag Toppers
✔ Graham Crackers
✔ Hershey’s Chocolate
✔ Treat Bags
Sweet Sparkler Treats
✔ Sweet Sparkler Treats
✔ Sparkler Tags
✔ Treat Bags
✔ Scotch Tape
✔ Wooden BBQ Skewers
Please let us know what you think of this patriotic celebration in the comments below! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!