How to Host a Patriotic Party

This Fourth of July, celebrate our country with a patriotic party. To organize your event, divide the planning into four categories: décor, dishes, drinks, and party favors. Then kick back, relax and show your patriotic pride!


Holiday Lanterns from Martha Stewart 

To decorate your party, make star-spangled lanterns that will brighten up the space.


Buy white glue, scissors, a mini stapler, and red, white, and blue construction paper.


Cut construction paper to 6 by 9 inches. Fold in half lengthwise. Fold edges back 1/2 inch for rims. Crease and unfold. Glue a 1/2-by-9-inch strip of paper on each rim. Cut slits from middle fold to rims, spacing 3/4 inch apart. Shape into lantern. Open paper and bring the ends together to overlap. Staple 3/4-by-8-inch paper handle inside lantern. Glue on paper stars.


Berry Shortcake from Real Simple

Make a sweet treat for your summer soiree.


2 pounds berries (raspberries, blueberries, or sliced strawberries)

1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 cup heavy cream

8 biscuits, store-bought or homemade


In a large bowl, toss the berries and 1/3 cup of the sugar. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.

In another bowl, beat the cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form.

Split the biscuits in half. Spoon the berries and whipped cream on the bottom halves. Put the other halves on top.


Red Cream Soda Punch Recipe from Taste of Home

Keep your guests cool with a refreshing drink.


4 quartz of cold water

2 cans (12 ounces each) of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

1 can (12 ounces) of lemon concentrate, thawed

1/2 cup sugar

1 2-liter bottle of red cream soda


In a large punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Refrigerate for two hours or until chilled.


Party Favors

Sparkling Favors from HGTV

Send your guests off with a little sparkle.


Buy a few packages of sparklers. Separate the sparklers and tie with red, white, and blue ribbon.


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