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4th of July Barbeque Ideas

What do you think of when you hear 4th of July party? I think of outdoor barbeques, sparklers, watermelon, lemonade and cool desserts!  I wanted to share some my favorite 4th of July barbeque ideas that are both easy and quick.

Easy 4th of July Barbeque Ideas

Starting with the nighttime photo, however, it looked very different when the party started in the early evening as you scroll you can see how everything changed. As it got later and the sun had set we moved the different “stations” closer to the string lights in the tree.

4th of July party

4th of July party

Who wants to spend all day cooking for a party? I sure don’t and I guess you don’t either, so I wanted to share my quick and easy 4th of July barbeque ideas with you so you can get back to enjoying your day with you family and friends. Did I mention it is budget friendly too?

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Bar cart for self-serve drinks and desserts

My hardest working piece of furniture for entertaining is my vintage bar cart. I use it for every holiday because its so versatile and easy to decorate. In minutes I can replace the bunting and its ready for the next event.

4th of July Bar Cart

4th of July Bar Cart

This vintage bar cart would not be complete without my favorite vintage ice bucket.

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Bar Cart Ice Bucket

Bar Cart Ice Bucket

The lemonade (see my friend’s recipe HERE) looks so festive served in the clear glass pitcher with the large square ice cubes. I was amazed at how easy these new ice cube trays were to empty (I remember the old metal ones with the lever) so I am going to order them in every size.

Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

Self-serve canned drinks

How about a vintage rolling laundry basket for a canned drink station? Its perfect since the condensation looks so refreshing and it drips right off. I bet you guessed by now that I adore bunting. You can see the cute red, white and blue bunting my daughter made a couple of years ago.

Canned drink station

Canned drink station

Grab your own sparklers

I wanted the guests to help themselves to the over-sized sparklers, so I displayed a sign with them. The sign I  whipped up on my computer and added stars I cut out with my Cricut Maker then I strung fairy lights around the sign.

Easy to serve canned drinks

Easy to serve canned drinks

Handmade bunting

Handmade bunting

Jar flower arrangements

The flower arrangements I made in jars with wire lid inserts which make arranging flowers a dream.

Seating area

Seating area

Relaxing with a cold lemonade

Relaxing with a cold lemonade

Handmade outdoor pillows

Handmade outdoor pillows

Message board with menu lets my guests know what will be served.

4th of July menu

4th of July menu

A galvanized pail holds the bandanna’s that I am using for napkin silverware rolls tied up with tassel napkin rings (see how I made the tassels HERE).

Napkin with silverware and tassels

Napkin with silverware and tassels

Grilled sausage could not be easier to cook and everyone loves them. I made my friends recipe for grilled zucchini with cheese and it was a hit!

Grilled and chilled from the menu

Grilled and chilled from the menu

Desserts

Keto-friendly red white and blue dessert jars are a breeze to serve. You can find the recipe in an earlier post HERE!

Easy to serve desserts

Easy to serve desserts

Light and moist vanilla cake garnished with red and blue fruit for the 4th of July.

French Vanilla Cake with fruit garnish

French Vanilla Cake with fruit garnish

For the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches I made the Nestle Toll House recipe from the back of the chocolate chip bag. I used vanilla ice cream between the cooled cookies and added sprinkles. Note: serve them fast!

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These delicious infused waters were made by a friend, Jamielyn from I heart Nap-time. I wanted to share how she makes them HERE. These healthy and super hydrating drinks are served up in jars with fun lids and straws.

Fruit infused water

Fruit infused water

These easy block signs I DIY’ed in minutes you can see the how I made them in an earlier post HERE.

4th of July signs

4th of July signs

Those empty almond butter jars that I have been saving came in handy for mood-lighting for the party I just dropped in tealights and lit them right before my guests arrived. I used pretty paper plates and added a red star that I cut with my Cricut Maker to each place setting.

Simple 4th of July barbeque table settings

Simple 4th of July barbeque table settings

Every place setting had a jar tealight that added a wee bit of something special and a little more light. I used silk eucalyptus and real lemons as my table-runner and the center piece were my DIY block signs and jar flower arrangements.

Re-cycle jar lights

Re-cycle jar lights

I used wire to hang some of the jar lights in the trees.

Re-cycle jar lights place settings

Re-cycle jar lights place settings

Nighttime at the 4th of July barbeque

Fairy lights at night

Fairy lights at night

Light up the night sparkler sign

Light up the night sparkler sign

The fairy lights add some fun to the signs I made. After it was totally dark out I moved everything closer to the string lights in the trees and lit some sparklers that I pushed into the ground. You can see my one-board-bench is holding the menu flags and jar with filled with fairy lights

Nighttime view of the party

Nighttime view of the party

You might also enjoy these posts:

DIY 4th of July Decorations.

4th of July Signs

4th of July Signs

How to make tassels.

Napkin with silverware and tassels

Napkin with silverware and tassels

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I would love to hear about your 4th of July plans please let me know what you are planning in the comments below.

Happy 4th of July,

Kippi

 

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Katelin

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

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Kristi

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Everything is lovely! You definitely gave so much attention to detail! Pinned!

Regality3

Monday 25th of May 2020

Effortless? *snort*

Miz Helen

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Congratulations, your awesome post was featured on Full Plate Thursday,440. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you will come back soon! Miz Helen

Marilyn Lesniak

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

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