Whether you’ve got a BBQ bonanza or a backyard pool party in mind, you better make sure your Fourth of July get-together is next-level with modern red, white and blue *everything*. You can take a swing at a DIY rocket pop piñata or, better yet, sink your teeth into a delicious red, white and blue ombre funfetti cake that’s sure to set off some fireworks. Whichever party essentials you decide you absolutely need, they’re a surefire way to show off that USA pride. Scroll on for 24 red, white and blue party ideas guaranteed to amp up your patriotic Fourth of July party!

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1. DIY Red, White & Blue Snow Cone Garland: Who would have thought to turn everyone’s favorite snowy snack into party decor? It’s definitely gonna make your Fourth of July party decorations even cooler (*ba dum tss*). (via Paint the Gown Red)


2. DIY Rocket Pop Piñata: Piñatas are a must-have for any party. Not only do they evoke everyone’s childhood sense of fun, but they pretty much guarantee that they’ll upgrade your get-together into a full-blown fiesta. Adults and kids alike will be sure to want to take a crack at this puppy. (via Brit + Co)

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3. DIY Mini Fireworks Cakes: With cakes as tasty and festive as these mini fireworks desserts, they could end up stealing the show from the actual fireworks. All jokes aside, these bite-sized red, white and blue cakes make a great snack you and your guests can enjoy while watching the celebratory night show. (via Paint the Gown Red)


4. DIY Ombre Funfetti Cake: Since coming out with our red, white and blue ombre cake last year, we decided to create another stunning cake, and layers of frosting later — we present the ombre funfetti cake! With the right tools and a little patience, you can get just as fantastic a cake for your Fourth! (via Brit + Co)


5. DIY Star Spangled Confetti Balloons: Celebrate the ol’ star bangled banner with these easy-to-make DIY starry confetti balloons. Simply punch out paper stars with a star-shaped hole punch and glue them onto red, white and blue latex balloons. (via Studio DIY / Balloon Time)


6. DIY Fourth of July Donuts: These gorgeous marbled donuts are almost too pretty to eat. To bring this fancy-looking dessert to your Fourth of July table, dip the top of each donut (after they’ve baked and cooled down) into marbled red, white and blue icing. (via The Simple, Sweet Life)


7. DIY Popsicle Cocktails & Tassel Stir Sticks: You can skip buying that bag of ice — no matter how hot it gets at your party, your guests can keep cool with these delicious popsicle and cocktail concoctions. Just throw a tasseled stir stick into the mix and you’ve got one good-looking and refreshing drink. (via Freutcake)


8. Printable Mini US Flags: Take your pick from using these printable miniature US flags as drink stirrers, toothpicks, garlands or party favor tags. There are so many ways to use this DIY, you’ll want to stick them on everything. (via Delia Creates)

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9. DIY American Sparkling Soda: Beat the heat with a refreshing sparkling soda that visually combines the iconic red, white and blue colors. To make this awesome-looking drink, mix fresh red berries, carbonated water and cubes made from strongly brewed Butterfly Pea Flower Tea. Alternatively, use blue food dye and water to make those cool blue cubes. (via Thirsty for Tea)


10. Printable Ice Cream Cup Wrappers: Now that you’ve got the dessert figured out, spruce up your ice cream cups with these printable wrappers which resemble watercolors. Print the labels on standard size paper, cut them out, then wrap them around your cup. Secure your labels with tape or glue for this simple DIY. (via Almost Makes Perfect)

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11. DIY Patriotic Pom Pom Garland: Pom poms are a great way to play with texture when it comes to decor. Plus, they’re just so darn cute! String however many yarn pom poms you want onto bakers twine to make this easy decorative essential. (via Adventures in Making)

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12. DIY Foiled Bunting Banners: Now you can create your own version of this sparkly, shiny bunting. Once you finish up this DIY, you’ll want to make everything else — cake toppers and drink stirrers included — out of foil paper. (via Damask Love)


13. DIY Fringe Garland: Garlands galore! If you’re ready to take it up a notch from simple star garlands, consider whipping up this fringe ball garland inspired by fireworks. Use red, blue and white tissue paper strips, tape and bakers twine to create yours in no time. (via Tell Love and Party)

mini firework pom pom mobile

14. DIY Mini Firework Pom Pom Mobile: Add a little sparkle to your Independence Day decor with this spectacular mobile made from red, silver and blue metallic pipe cleaners. Pro tip: If you can’t buy metal hoops, you can always find one in an old lamp shade! (via The Merrythought)


15. DIY Balloon Darts: Make a DIY balloon darts booth to keep your guests occupied for hours. To make, cover a foam board with red and white stripe fabric then blow up and pin blue balloons. For added pizzazz, cover the darts with a generous coat of glitter. (via Hostess With the Mostess)


16. DIY Checkers Travel Game: Challenge your friends to a battle of wits with this DIY checkers game that colorfully captures the patriotic spirit. The best part is that the soft game board makes it easy to take with you no matter where the festivities are. (via The Source)


17. DIY Confetti Fireworks: It’s understandable if you want to skip having to worry about fire when handing out sparklers to the little ones. Instead, make these alternative sparklers your kids will love just as much without all the fuss about fire safety. Fill jumbo straws with confetti, seal the bottom opening with hot glue and plug with gold tinsel glued to a piece of card stock. (via Handmade Mood)


18. DIY Firework Sunglasses: Fireworks aren’t going to be the only thing poppin’ at your Fourth of July party. Awesome as photo booth props, these DIY firework sunglasses can also double as favors guests will love wearing all party long. (via Studio DIY)


19. DIY Fourth of July Matchboxes: From lighting a sparkler to igniting a fire pit, there’s no doubt matches are a handy tool to have on July Fourth. Make sure you aren’t caught unprepared with these stylish matchboxes you can make with a free printable. (via Almost Makes Perfect)

20. DIY Licorice Candy Boxes: Red licorice was used for this candy boxes, but you can choose any other red candy in its place. We do recommend using bright red candies (as opposed to deeper red ones) for a more vibrant look. (via Design Eat Repeat)

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21. DIY Patriotic Poppers: For daytime wow-factor, bring out these confetti poppers for your guests before the night’s fireworks. To make, print out the free label, secure onto push pop containers and fill with red, white and blue confetti. (via The Kiwi in the Clouds)


22. DIY Fourth of July Poppers: For an explosive activity everyone can enjoy (that’s a lot quieter than fireworks), make these patriotic poppers fitted with crackers snaps, to get the popping sound when they’re pulled. You can even bring these around for all your future holidays by simply changing up the tissue paper colors. (via Let’s Mingle)

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23. DIY Fireworks Table Runner: You may have all the food and drinks figured out, but make sure your table looks the part with a festive fireworks table runner. Using navy blue, red and royal blue fabric paint, create your faux fireworks on a plain white runner for a striking design. (via Let’s Mingle)


24. DIY Tie-Dye Firework Napkins: Set the table in style with these modern tie-dye firework napkins. Once you’ve got the DIY down, consider styling it with a napkin ring. A cool-toned silver one was used here, but feel free to go for an elegant gold napkin ring for a more modern finish. (via Freutcake)

How will you throw your Fourth of July party? Check out our Pinterest for more party decor and ideas!