4th of July Party Ideas- Easy Peasy!

Summertime is always the busiest time of year. It seems like something is happening every week: weddings, backyard bbq’s, family reunions… you name it. Here are some last minute party ideas that will make your 4th of July party festive, and will fit right in to your busy schedule.

Ice Buckets

Pick up some red and blue beach pails and fill them with ice for instant drink coolers and ice buckets. Fill them with chips or popcorn too. They’re colorful, cute, inexpensive, and you can find them just about anywhere this time of year.

S’mores Kits

When you don’t have time to bake dessert, make some s’mores kits instead. Simply cut a bamboo skewer in half and attach three marshmallows. Stack them on graham crackers and chocolate and tie them up with some string. Cut a few straight sticks from the backyard and you’ll have an instant dessert. Your guests will have lots of fun roasting the marshmallows around the fire pit or bonfire too.

Sparkler Centerpiece

Light up your party with a festive sparkler centerpiece. Just make your arrangement in a small vase or glass, and insert a sparkler into the center of one of the flowers. Light when the sun starts to go down.

Drink and Dessert Toppers

Add red white and blue to your drinks and desserts with fruit or candy and a bamboo skewer. For red add strawberries or raspberries. For white use banana or apple slices (tip: to keep the apple from browning squeeze a lemon into a bowl of water and toss the cut up apples in it). Use blueberries for blue. Slice an apple sideways for the star shape, or skewer some festively wrapped taffy and top your dessert.

Evette Rios is a Puerto Rican lifestyle expert, writer, television host and native New Yorker. She is one of the stars of ABC’s The Chew, where she serves as field correspondent and roving reporter, covering events and dishing on new ways of using ordinary household items. She has also been a contributing design expert on Rachael Ray, where she’s known for hands-on advice, innovative crafts and dramatic room revisions. She is also National Spokesperson for Goodwill International. Learn more about Evette at

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