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4th July Party Ideas to Try in 2023

Celebrating from afar? Throw an Independence Day party to remember with our clever guide
By: Maddi John

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How to Throw the Ultimate 4th of July Party

How to Throw the Ultimate 4th of July Party

Celebrating from afar? Throw an Independence Day party to remember with our clever guide

By: Maddi John

Ah, Independence Day. The American holiday best known for the smoky scent of the barbecue, fireworks filling the summer air, a freezer-full of ice lollies and decorations decked out in white, blue, and red. While the UK may not be sporting quite the same atmosphere, there are plenty of Americans who celebrate this patriotic holiday away from home, so this one's for you.

Whether you're hosting a simple get-together or an all-out bash, throwing an Independence Day party is easier said than done, which is why we’ve gathered the best 4th of July party ideas to make yours a rousing success. Stock up on sparklers, light up the barbecue, and read on to discover how to throw an Independence Day party like no other.

Deck Out on 4th of July Party Decorations

When planning the perfect 4th of July, decorations set the stage for the day (or evening). Choose decor that will capture the spirit of Independence Day and add to the festive atmosphere. Bunting is at the top of our list of best outdoor decorations, and homemade bunting is even better. With a few rolls of red, white, and blue fabric – Liberty's Plains fabrics will come in handy – you can create a patriotic ensemble of flags to hang across your patio and garden in a few easy steps.

Liberty Fabrics Marine Plain Tana Lawn™ Cotton, £19.95
Liberty Fabrics Adelajda Tana Lawn™ Cotton, £27.50
Liberty Fabrics Rust Plain Tana Lawn™ Cotton, £19.95

As it’s summer, you’ll want to ensure your alfresco dining scene is set just right. If you’re leaning towards a casual picnic, ensure you’ve got plenty of cushions and blankets to spread out to ensure everyone is comfortable during dining. Look to Liberty’s Food Hampers, for a hassle-free menu full of sweat treats and delectable snacks.

For table seating, we recommend keeping to a minimal white tablecloth that you can brighten up with bright tableware, candles and candleholders to achieve a colourful curation in the day, and a candlelit glow in the evening. As for your centrepiece, we encourage a large vase full of summery, celebratory blooms to brighten the day up and add a dose of colour.

The Tartan Blanket Co. Stewart Dress Antique Tartan Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket, £110
Anna + Nina Royal Blue Twisted Candles Set of Six, £24
Falcon Enamelware 3 Pint Jug, £37

Dish Up 4th of July Food

No party is complete without food and drinks. It’s no secret that Independence Day is all about barbecues and picnics which, luckily, requires slightly less determination than a five-course dinner. You'll want to have all the essentials on hand — think hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, chips, and all the trimmings, as well as plenty of tasty treats and beverages to keep your guests satisfied, hydrated, and happy.

With less time needed on preparing the feast, more time can be designated to making a patriotic tablescape that’ll impress your guests. For tableware, we lean towards a mix-match table setting of blue, red, and white dishes that spark joy – don’t be afraid of going all out: the white tablecloth will balance your eccentric table additions. Look for fun plates and bowls to optimise your playful place settings.

Vaiselle Poppy Dessert Plate, £40
Emma Bridgewater Blue Star Medium Pasta Bowls, £24
Cabana Blossom Dinner Plate Red, £85

Specialty drinks (whether alcoholic or not) are a celebratory must and taste even better when served in a pretty glass. Look to The Vintage List’s Stars Champagne Coupes, £82, when opting for a dose of bubbles or lighten up the bar work with large jugs or pitchers full of classic favourites like ice tea, lemonade, or a summery cocktail punch. For your small nibbles, look to sharing platters that are practical yet arty, like Pottery & Poetry’s Serving Tray and Dipping Bowl, £90.

Pottery & Poetry Serving Tray and Dipping Bowl, £90
The Vintage List Stars Champagne Coupes, £82
Vaiselle Drink Me Check Jug, £95

4th of July Outfits to Impress

Like the decorations, what makes 4th of July parties different from your usual run-of-the-mill gathering is the abundance of white, blue, and red, so why make your dress code any different? Get decked out in your favourite patriotic colours no matter the mood. Keeping it lowkey in the day? Opt for a pair of shorts with a red or white top for a casual but vibrant outfit. Alternatively, if you’re hosting an epic 4th of July cookout, dress up with a playful summer number, like Liberty's Edenham Tana Lawn™ Cotton Gallery Shirtdress, £225, that will keep you cool, stylish, and stress-free under the sun.

Liberty Edenham Tana Lawn™ Cotton Gallery Shirtdress, £225
Liberty Poppy Dawn Clutch Bag, £295
Liberty 9ct Gold Aragon Blue Sapphire Ring, £760

When looking at jewellery, this Liberty 9ct Gold Aragon Blue Sapphire Ring, £760, with its royal blue and unique design is a 4th of July delight. Handbags, while not necessary when the party is in your own home, are definitely welcome so we suggest a basket bag or small clutch that isn’t too formal.

The Finishing Touches

Now that the groundwork is out of the way, it’s time to tie the party up with a few finishing touches. If the evenings tend to get cooler in your area, place a basket of additional blankets and quilts in the garden so no one catches a chill when watching the fireworks.

While the main focus of your party will be inside, bring the theme inside by ensuring your guest bathroom is looking tip-top. Opt for Liberty’s latest drop of hand towels in red or blue for a complimentary ensemble and light a fragrant candle for a finishing touch of sweetness.

Liberty Ianthe Hand Towel 50x90cm, £50
Liberty Danuna Scented Candle, £52
Liberty Paramount Throw, $435

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