Throw the Most Festive 4th of July Bash with These Party Essentials

We've got everything you need to celebrate in red, white and blue!

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June 28, 2019

The time is quickly approaching for the summer party of all summer parties: Your big 4th of July backyard bash. Maybe it’s an annual affair at your house, or maybe you’re throwing one for the very first time. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Throwing backyard summer parties is stressful enough, but when it’s July 4th, you’ve got to worry about red, white and blue themed decor now, too. Check out these 4th of July party essentials to make sure your backyard is star-spangled and picture-ready. All you’ll need after is some sparklers to complete the night.


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Maybe these 4th of July paper straws aren’t a party essential, but they’re sooo pretty. With different patterns, everyone gets to choose their favorite, and drinking out of a fancy straw somehow makes any drink taste better.

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BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $41.99

This double drink server is every backyard party’s biggest crush. The pebbled glass looks good anywhere, and it makes any drink look amazing, too. Serve up some punch or Raspberry Lemonade for the kids, or fill it with some festive cocktails, like this aptly named 4th of July Cocktail.

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This cupcake liner and topper set is an easy way to add a patriotic touch to any type of 4th of July party. Use them to make impressive Stars-and-Stripes Cupcakes or fill them up for easy, hand-help sides, like this Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salad.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $84.99

Huge outdoor Jenga is the new backyard party game must. And how perfect that this set is painted with stars and stripes already? Great for kids and adults, keep the fun larger than life with giant, star-spangled games.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $20.50

You can’t throw a 4th of July party without plates. You don’t need us to tell you that. But something about square plates is unexpectedly cool. Whether it’s a classic burgers-and-dogs kind of fare or a neighborhood potluck, the red, white and blue striped border will be the perfect touch to make everyone’s food look festive.

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You’re probably going to get white disposable silverware anyways. Why not get red and blue, too?

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BUY IT: Target, $2.40

This eight pack of starry, disposable platters will make serving food easy and festive. Get in theme while also saving yourself some dishwashing. And how could you say no to those cute little stars?

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BUY IT: Walmart, $9.59

Napkins are the unspoken saviors of a backyard party, and these red, white and blue confetti napkins will look great on tables while keeping everyone’s hands clean. It’s like 4th of July confetti without the mess!

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BUY IT: Amazon, $10.99 (reg. $12.99)

Every good party needs decorations. And with all these red, white and blue party essentials, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. These star garlands will add the subtle flare your party needs wherever you hang them. Try draping single strings across your fence or hanging the whole bunch above a doorway or window.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $48.99

Did everyone grow up playing corn hole at 4th of July parties, or is it just us? It’s the backyard game to end all backyard games. There’s no set up required either, just lay the boards down and relive all your corn-hole-filled memories!

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BUY IT: Party City, $7.99

Don’t settle for red solo cups this year — take it to the next level with these firework- and star-adorned cups. Even drinking water out of these would feel so much more festive. It’s like a fun decoration for your drink!

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BUY IT: World Market, $16.49 (reg. $8.99)

I think it’s safe to say that every single backyard party has an ice bucket. How else are you gonna keep all those canned drinks cold? This ice bucket can fit five gallons, and the wooden handles add a nice touch. You’ll be set for all the 4th of July parties in the years to come.

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BUY IT: Target, $9.60

The ambiance of string lights is unbeatable. They can easily make any area prettier and more inviting. These red, white and blue string lights are safe to use outdoors, and they create a festive glow everyone will love when the sun goes down.

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