How to Throw a Star-Spangled 4th July Party

4th July Party Ideas

We can’t help but love the Fourth of July!

This red, white and blue all-American extravaganza makes a fantastic party theme, and even though we don’t celebrate Independence Day over here in the UK, we couldn’t resist throwing a cute 4th July party for all our readers this side of the pond.

So whether you’re throwing an American-themed party or going all out for the Fourth of July, read on for our 4th July party ideas!

Setting up your 4th July party

First things first, pick up all your party essentials like plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths. And needless to say, your colour scheme should be red, white and blue!

We went with these American flag party supplies that immediately stand out – but don’t put the American flag on absolutely everything. Keeping your decorations simple will look much more stylish.

4th July Party Supplies

Instead of having all your party supplies plastered in the Star Spangled Banner, mix and match themed items with some plain-coloured decorations. How about some red and white, or blue and white, striped straws? They match the flag perfectly without being too garish!

4th July Straws

4th July party decorations

Once you have all the basics for your Fourth of July party, it’s time to have fun decorating! Here are some of our favourite USA-themed party decorations.

American flag

What would our 4th July party ideas be without the Star Spangled Banner? It goes without saying that there should be at least one American flag at your party and a large American flag like this would be perfect to hang on the wall behind your buffet table.

Paper fans

Red, white and blue paper fans are another 4th July party staple! They look great hung from the ceiling but we particularly like them stuck on the wall to create a stylish backdrop.

Stars & stripes table centrepiece

Or how about a stars and stripes centrepiece like this? Perfect for keeping the balance between plain and themed decorations.

4th July Table Centrepiece

American flag bunting

Flag bunting like this is another easy 4th July party decoration – hang it along the edges of the tables or along the walls to instantly transform your party venue.

Red, white and blue stars

Or how about some simple red, white and blue star garlands like these? They’re simple, relatively cheap and a subtle nod to the Star Spangled Banner.

4th July party food

Now for some 4th July party food ideas to complete your American-themed party! We’ve put together some simple suggestions for you to recreate at home.

Hot dogs

The ultimate American snack – and a really easy party food idea – your 4th July celebration wouldn’t be complete without hot dogs. Easy to make in bulk, serve them in cute hot dog trays like these to make them look all out American!

4th July Party Food

American cupcakes

Or how about some simple vanilla cupcakes? Always a hit at parties, make your own or buy some shop-bought cupcakes and then top each one with an American flag cake pick to match your party theme.

4th July Cupcake


And then of course there’s popcorn – simply fill up some red and white popcorn boxes like these (that match the American flag) and let your guests help themselves.

Red & White Popcorn Boxes

American lollipops

American lollipops like these would also be a hit – and they look super cute displayed in mini milk bottles like these. Leave them out for your guests to help themselves or pop one in each party bag!

4th July American Flag Lollipops

Free printable 4th July photo props

Finally, make sure you have a camera ready to take lots of photos of your Independence Day extravaganza! We’ve made some free printable 4th July photo props for you to download and print at home and create your own 4th July photo booth.

Download our free photo props here, then cut them out and stick each one to a straw. We even have an extra special Statue of Liberty photo prop to go with them!

4th July Photo Props

And there you have plenty of American-themed party ideas to kick-start your 4th July party! Visit Party Delights to pick up any of the 4th July party supplies featured in this post or stay on our blog for even more inspiring party ideas: