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Summer means lots of fun and festivities, and the Fourth of July is arguably the biggest day of the summer season. So, if there’s one day to go all out and show off your entertaining chops, it’s Independence Day. Here’s some inspiration from past July 4th celebrations to get your wheels spinning for this year’s celebrations. Scroll for 10 clever ideas to spark your creativity!

Pastel Infusions

100 Layer Cakelet is an event planning site with lots of great ideas. We love their unique take on the classic red, white, and blue. Muted shades of traditional red, white, and blue plus the delightful addition of peachy hues delivers a lively and whimsical feel to a traditional 4th of July color palette. For this post, be sure to click through the entire carousel of images for some serious party decor eye candy!


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A Stars and Stripes Grazing Board

Celebrate Independence Day with a bright and beautiful grazing board, like this one from the craft-central account P.S. I made this. Made with an array of red, white, and blue items such as seasonal produce and white cheddar stars, this 4th of July board will definitely be a crowd-pleaser!


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4th of July Bud Vases

Who doesn’t love a bud vase? These festive yet delicate bud vases are used here by event planning site, Event Prep, and are wonderful for a modern and elegant 4th of July gathering. We love how the striped blue vases show off gorgeous, fresh clippings. What do you have on hand that might be re-thought through the lens for 4th of July?


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Festive Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Who’s making the Crowded Kitchen’s red, white, and blue watermelon salad this 4th of July? This delicious and refreshing recipe is ideal for a hot summer day. Make it even more festive with a star-shaped cookie cutter.


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Timeless Blue and White

Break out classic and timeless ginger jars for your 4th of July tablescape, like this display by The Everyday Hostess. Whether you group your jars or fill them with flowers, they will make a grand statement.


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Red, White, and Oysters

Oysters on the half-shell are the perfect party starter, particularly when celebrating the 4th. Nestle oysters (as recipe blog Freutcake did below) on top of a blue-and-white serving bowl of crushed ice with a star-shaped dish of mignonette and a few lemon wedges.

An All-American Spread

Lean into the classics like DIY-blog Love + Specs did below with juicy sliced watermelon and glass Coca-Cola bottles with blue gingham ribbon. Add a few American flags for good measure, and you’re set!


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A Sweet 4th

Don’t you just adore recipe site, Sugar & Charm’s, charming tablescape below? Play into the July 4th nostalgia using jars of candy and old-fashioned, brightly colored sodas as table accents.

Cheery Cherries

Nothing says summer like sweet red cherries! The Ruffled Blog incorporated this lovely red fruit and its beautiful blossoms into their Independence Day decor for a cheerful yet chic tablescape.

Patriotic Pound Cake

Who doesn’t love pound cake? Especially when it’s served with fresh berries and whipped cream. This stunning pound cake presentation by The Blonde Kitchen is arguably the tastiest way to celebrate America.

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Anne Henley Walker

Anne Henley is Blueprint.Inc's Content Marketing Assistant. She is a University of Georgia graduate, (Go Dawgs!) and is always on the hunt for her new favorite restaurant.