Fourth of July Party Ideas
July 4th is just around the corner! Who can resist commemorating America’s birthday? I love this holiday and it’s a perfect opportunity for inviting friends over. The iconic red, white and blue never look as cheery as they do on The Fourth.
We’ll be hosting a casual potluck on that day but I still want the table to look festive and pulled together. Of course I’m doing everything in red, white and blue. The focal point will be a wood map cutout of the USA, surrounded by balloons.
Simple decorations sure add to the fun of flag waving and it doesn’t get much easier than floating balloons. They seem to bring out the kid in everyone!
I was pleasantly surprised the first time I tried a Balloon Time Helium Tank (it’s party pink!). They are a snap to use. Turn the handle, put a balloon on the nozzle and then press the nozzle until the balloon is inflated. Easy!
A purchased angel food cake makes an uncomplicated dessert that dresses up nicely for a party. Elevating it on a pedestal and adding mounds of whipped topping and fruit—oh yes!
Sparkling lemonade infused with blueberries and raspberries are a summertime favorite. Striped straws add zip.
After watching fireworks, I’m thinking s’mores are a sweet way to close out the evening.
Feeling inspired? Here are the DIY details.
DIY CONFETTI BALLOON
- red, white and blue tissue paper (1 package of each color)
- 1 ¾ inch hole punch (size of the hole punch can vary based on your preference)
- 12-12” clear balloons
- red, white and blue ribbon
- Balloon Time Helium Tank
1. Using a hole punch, punch out tissue paper rounds in each color. I had a few sizes of round punches but I decided on the larger size because the confetti was more noticeable and it took less to fill up the balloon.
2. Roll up each stack of 16 and stick it into the balloon. In each balloon, add one stack of red, blue and white.
3. Place the balloon on the helium tank nozzle and blow up to the correct size. Tie off the end and add ribbon.
Note: When punching out tissue paper, you need a sharp punch and a thick stack of tissue paper. I stacked 8 sheets together and folded them in half, which made 16 circles at a time. Keep the punched circles in stacks of 16 and it’s easier to fill the balloon.
This is such a versatile project. You can use any color of tissue paper, and any shaped hole punch, so you can really customize this simple project for any party!
WHAT DID NOT WORK
1. I first tried your typical metal star confetti. The problem with this was it takes A LOT OF CONFETTI, and then it all just stays in the bottom of the balloon, which is fine if that’s the look you’re going for. I wasn’t. The tissue paper spreads around and sticks to the balloon because of static.
2. Paint. Oh, paint. You were a great idea. I filled each balloon with paint and blew it up and it had a really cool tie-dye effect. I proudly tied the string onto the balloon and it immediately fell to the floor. The paint/string combo was too heavy.
I told my husband to throw the balloon away, just in case it popped. I didn’t want paint to splatter everywhere! He took it to the outside garbage can.
Later he opened up the trash can and that balloon flew up, up, and away! So I guess it does float, after all.
However, I quickly moved on from that idea. Moral of the story: if you want to paint, only paint the outside of the balloon.
3. Too much fabric ribbon weighed the balloon down, which was helpful in keeping the balloons from hanging out on the ceiling, but it didn’t allow me to get super fancy. If I were using regular gift wrap curling ribbon, I wouldn’t have had a problem.
Using a jumbo balloon with more helium probably would stand up to the weight of fabric ribbon, so if you want fancy ribbon, go jumbo!
For more fun decorating tips with balloons, check out BalloonTime.com.
- 2 store-bought Angel Food Bundt Cakes
- 1 large container of whipped topping
- fresh berries
- Cut each of the angel food cakes in half.
- Place the bottom of one of the cakes on a cake stand and add dollops of whipped topping.
- Next, add the bottom of the second cake along with more dollops of whipped topping.
- Now it’s time to place one of the top layers on the stack.
- Fill a piping bag with the remaining whipped topping, cutting the bottom two inches of the bag tip off.
- Swirl clouds of whipped topping around the final layer.
- Add fresh berries.
- sparkling water
- fresh berries (blueberries and raspberries work best)
- Fill each bottle half way with lemonade; fill the remainder with sparkling water. Top with berries.
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