- Theme Party Ideas
- Patriotic Party Ideas
Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Memorial Day, 4th of July,
Labor Day or Election Day use Red, White & Blue for your colorful Patriotic
Whether your patriotic celebration is directly related to a national holiday or used as a theme for a birthday party or retirement bash, it is sure to be a meaningful and fun gathering.
Patriotic Party Ideas
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
July 4th Party Slogans
- Patriotic Pizzazz! Celebrate America!
- Happy Birthday Uncle Sam! Flyin' Free!
- Celebrating those Stars & Stripes! Let Freedom Ring!
- Shooting for a July 4th Celebration! Proud to be an American!
- Born in the USA!
- Hat's off to the Red, White, and Blue!
The party doesn't start until
everything is starred and striped, including your guests.
Add interest to your buffet table
with a variety of red, white & blue foods as well as
decorative red, white & blue
tableware, such as: red,
white & blue tablecloths & napkins and fresh cut flowers.
Patriotic Top Hats
upside down and fill with white hydrangeas, red carnations &
top with 3 pinwheels for a beautiful centerpiece.
Decorations, Patriotic Props
(arches, columns, balloons, centerpieces, cutouts, banners, yard
signs, flags, bunting, & more).
(plates, cups, napkins, tablecovers, invitations, centerpieces &
more, plus table decorating tips.
Fun favors and party
items (skimmer hats, top hats, jewelry, glow, light ups,
confetti poppers &
July 4th Party Activities
Many Independence Day celebrations start in the afternoon and continue on into the evening hours with the grand finale being an awesome fireworks display! Since the celebration can last for several hours, here are some fantastic ideas to keep all of your guests lively even in the summer heat.
Organize a good old-fashioned game of baseball. For those guests
that insist on sitting in the stands, have them sing "Take Me Out To
The Ballgame" and serve them Cracker Jack and Coke while they watch
the game. After the game, have fun making and eating snow cones and
cotton candy. Rent from your local party rental company.
Create your own Fourth of July parade by having everyone decorate a
float, bike or wagon! Vote for the best float and present the winner a
favors and party
Make two large copies of a map of America. Cover up the state's names and have a competition between the boys and girls to see who can identify all 50 states the fastest.
For a meaningful activity, have the older generation pass on stories about America when they were growing up. Ask each guest to share what they like the most about living in the USA.
Plan a trivia contest with fun facts about American presidents, history, inventions, and folklore.
Select a Patriotic King and Queen each hour of the party. Crown them with a
PATRIOTIC LIGHT UP TIARA
RED PLUSH ROYAL CROWN. Provide the king and queen with a few special privileges such as the prime seat (shade or sun), position on the winning team, or first "dibs" in line. Selections can be made randomly, through competitions, or based on a simple vote among the guests!
Red Pom Poms,
White Pom Poms, and
Blue Pom Poms to all the kids and have them create a fun patriotic cheer for our Land of the Free!
To pass the time between the cookout and fireworks, have the
older kids paint the younger girl's fingernails red, white, and
If you don't have access to a professional fireworks display, create your own show by passing out sparklers,
confetti poppers and
balloons. Let everyone take a turn twirling the sparklers and popping the
confetti poppers & balloons - it's sure to inspire lots of "oooh's and aaaah's"!
Tips to keep your 4th of July
entertaining menus easy
(ARA) - You'll want to keep your guests refreshed with frosty
drinks, cool appetizers and buffet items when entertaining this 4th
of July. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your
party menu for a fun, relaxed event.
Simplicity is key, so toss the complicated menus out the window in
favor of cold platters, fresh fruits and vegetables and sunny skies
so you can spend more time out of the kitchen and with your guests.
Take your meal outdoors and pack a picnic. Opt for coolers with
handles and wheels that allow you to transport heavier foods easily.
You can also purchase picnic baskets complete with a shoulder strap,
glasses, plates, silverware, napkins and even a tablecloth.
Plan ahead. Begin preparing as many recipes as possible the day
before the party to allow for easy and quick preparation the day of
Make it memorable. According to celebrity chef and entertaining
expert, Kathy Casey, you want to invest in the right piece of
equipment to provide guests with a great experience. "Whether you're
mixing up cocktails or preparing for a large dinner party, quality
kitchen tools, like a reliable Vitamix blender, are essential,"
Keep it light. Serve lighter foods during the warmer weather.
Grilled vegetables, a variety of pasta and green salads, and an
assortment of chilled dips and spreads - such as easy-to-make
guacamole in a Vitamix - create a delightful summer buffet.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Processing time: 20 seconds
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 medium tomato, halved
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
For a spicy guacamole, add 1/2 a jalapeno pepper during step
Using a blender, like the Vitamix, place all ingredients
into the container in the order listed and secure lid. Blend
for 15 to 20 seconds. You may need to stop the machine and
run a spatula around the inside of the container to
integrate ingredients. Don't over mix - leave chunky. Serve
with tortilla chips and garnish with diced tomato and
If you're looking to lighten things
up this summer, swap the mayonnaise found in your traditional pasta
salad with fat-free Greek yogurt. Not only will this lower the
calories in your salad but it will also add a unique and tangy punch
Season and marinade your meat and vegetables the night before so all
that's left to do is fire up the grill. Be prepared for entertaining
all year round by storing your own unique, dry seasoning blend in an
empty salt shaker. Just shake, grill and enjoy.
Put a unique spin on traditional pasta salad by swapping out your
regular white pasta variety in favor of Ronzoni Garden Delight
Pasta. Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta is the only great-tasting
tri-colored pasta with the added bonus a full serving of vegetables
in every four-ounce portion. It's a great way to sneak in a healthy
dose of veggies without anyone noticing.
Summer salads are as much about the texture as they are about the
taste. Incorporate seasonal fruits and vegetables like asparagus,
grapes, apples and broccoli for a fresh and satisfying crunch.
If you're looking to spice up your usual summer salad, this
Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad offers a delicious combination of
fresh salsa, hearty beans and sharp cheddar cheese.
|Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad
Serves: 8 to 10
1 box (12 ounces) Ronzoni Garden Delight Penne Pasta
1 cup prepared salsa
8 ounces plain low-fat yogurt
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 can (15 ounces) corn, drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
1 can (2.25 ounces) black olives, drained
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Tortilla chips, optional
Prepare pasta according to package directions. In a medium
bowl, whisk together salsa and yogurt. In a large bowl
combine pasta, chicken, corn, black beans, green onions and
black olives. Fold in dressing. Top with cheddar cheese and
cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.
For your summer party, consider a signature cocktail, such as a
refreshing margarita made easy in a Vitamix Professional Series 200
machine. This high performance blender does just about anything -
finely chops, grinds and blends whole ingredients all in one
container - and also comes with a recipe book with more than 200
recipes for extra inspiration.
With these simple tips and easy
entertaining recipes, you can relax and enjoy your summer party just
as much as your guests will.
|Whole Fruit Margarita
Preparation time: 7 minutes
Processing time: 45 seconds
Yield: 8 cups
1/4 cup water
6 ounces tequila
2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 medium orange, peeled, halved
1 lime, peeled, halved
1 lemon, peeled, halved, seeded
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
6 cups ice cubes
(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute the tequila and
Grand Marnier with 8 ounces of sweet and sour mix.)
Place all ingredients into your blender in the order listed
and secure lid. Blend for 45 seconds or until smooth. Pour
into salt-rimmed margarita glasses and enjoy.
Have a Traditional Old-Fashioned Fourth of
You could also go with the tradition old-fashioned Fourth of July
picnic, with fried chicken or grilled hot dogs and hamburgers,
corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, baked beans, various salads, and, of
course - apple pie and brownies for dessert! Be sure to stick a few
flag food picks in your dishes for a proud American touch!
Prepare red and blue Jell-O Jigglers and cut them into the shape of stars using a cookie cutter.
Serve pretzels, popcorn, potato chips, or nuts in our
Skimmer Hats placed upside down on the
||Prepare plenty of fresh red and blue fruit and place them on
flag-topped skewers. Include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and watermelon and serve with a white fruit dip!
Make a pretty
to accent your buffet table.
Cook up a special red bean salad using dark red beans.
Make great memories by serving up snow cones and cotton candy!
Rent a Snow Cone or Cotton Candy Machines from a local party rental company.
Serve the children this mini kiddy cocktail:
Before the 4th, freeze blue juice and red fruit punch in star-shaped ice cube trays. Just before serving, pour 7-up in individual clear glasses. Add a few of the fun shaped ice cubes to each glass along with a straw for stirring.
For the adults, have plenty of pop, water, and beer on hand. Don't forget tons of ice, as the weather is certain to be hot and dry!
If homemade ice cream is in your plans, serve it up in red,
white and blue plastic bowls.
Lemonade is also a fun and festive summer drink to serve at this All-American party.
Here are some a fantastic homemade lemonade recipes that are
sure to bring smiles.
10-12 lemons - slice one for garnish
2 C. sugar
4 C. water
3 C. crushed ice
Mix together for a delicious and refreshing thirst quencher!
Strawberry Lemonade for a Crowd
Strawberry Lemonade served in glasses
rimmed with red & blue sugar, with a star shaped fruit (honeydew
melon cut in a star shape with a cookie cutter) on a stick.
Makes around 12 quarts (3 gallons)
8 cups of lemon juice
6 cups of sugar
4 pints of strawberries
In a blender, process ½ the lemon juice, the sugar, and strawberries
until the strawberries are pureed and the sugar dissolves. Pour into
large pitcher (Igloo style cooler)
Add remaining lemon juice and 8 quarts of water. Taste to see if
more water should be added. Serve chilled!
Finish the day with a patriotic July 4th Firecracker Cake! Here's how you make it:
Bake three 8" or 9" round cakes in any flavor. Once they are cooled, layer them on top of each other with frosting in between layers. Frost the top of the cake white, and stripe the sides with red, white, and blue frosting. Using a decorator's tip, pipe the top edge of the cake with a line of white frosting. On the top of the cake, stick a small bunch of Milky Way Garland in the center to finish the firecracker! This cake is sure to make an explosion of fun at your party!
Uncle Sam Lifesize Standup Each
Patriotic Star Standee Cardboard Set/2
Usa Yard Sign
Patriotic Decorating Kit Each
Patriotic Fluffy Ball Decorations Pkg/3
Paper Fan Decorations Pkg/6
Patriotic Fabric Bunting Each
Patriotic Fans Dozen
Hanging Stars With Fringe Set/2
Patriotic Flag Kit W/ Pole Each
24" Leaf Starburst Each
Patriotic Star Pinata Each
Stars Around 11" Latex White W/red/blue Pkg/100
Fireworks Around 16" Balloons Blue Pkg/12
Star Round Tissue Lantern Each
Red And Blue Tissue Fans Pkg/6
Flag Decopics Pkg/24
Patriotic Icing Decorations Pkg/15
Patriotic Stars Backdrop Each