How do you best celebrate a 4th birthday in July? With a star spangled party of course. This Born on the 14th of July celebration for Lauren’s oldest was rooted in all things red, white and blue. Setting the tone for this event was a festive invitation, which foreshadowed the main event as requested by the birthday boy—FIREWORKS!

How much do I LOVE the regrets line Lauren came up with? “Dud?” Too funny!

Here’s the spectacular front door complete with outdoor wreaths made from Red Hots and lantern-lined walkway.

There were lots of outdoor luminaries, pinwheels, banners, table bunting and other fun flag- and firework-inspired décor adorning spaces indoors and out.

Inclement weather forced many activities to the back porch of the party house, but guests were still able to enjoy an outdoor movie with quilt-covered floor seating and star spangled popcorn, as well as a round of firecracker ring toss.

These “pucker suckers” are a throwback to my own childhood. Our school’s PTA used to sell them as a fundraiser during Field Day. To make your own, just kneed the lemon, slice off the top of one end, cut a small “x” in the center of the top and insert a soft peppermint stick. Then, use the peppermint stick as a straw to suck up the lemon juice. So yummy!

How do you like our ring toss made from scrapbook paper, empty Pringles cans and some inexpensive dowels from the craft store? I thought they turned out pretty cute myself!

For dinner, good, old-fashioned 4th of July BBQ fare was served in red diner baskets with a blue gingham wax liners.

Food items included hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, corn pinwheels, watermelon stars, blueberries and strawberries served with flag picks, “Call it Macaroni (and Cheese)” bites and mini cherry pies.

Tin cans and empty paper towel tubing were made into firework decorations using colored Duck Tape, washi and deco mesh tubing for the fuses.

Guests were also offered a range of red, white and blue of drink options. Kids could choose from American as Apple Juice, Firecracker Fruit Punch or Teetotalers’ Red, White and Blue Brew served in firework cups (complete with mini-cupcake liners made into fuses) while adults enjoyed Star Spangled Sangria served in mason jars with patriotic paper straws.

Here’s our Yankee Doodle Boy! Once the birthday boy blew out the firework candles on his fabulous red, white and blue flag cake by Crumb Gourmet, guests were able to enjoy a slice along with vanilla ice cream served in patriotic paper cups with “Happy 4th” stamped wooden spoons.

After dinner was served and darkness fell, the Yankee Doodle Birthday Boy and his guests stocked up on fun glow-in-the-dark items and flocked to the front porch for the main event…a firework display set to a playlist of traditional 4th of July favorites.

Thank goodness the rain held out long enough for the kids to watch the party dads set off some pretty spectacular fireworks and have a little fun of their own with sparklers, complete with cup guards to protect little hands.

While outside, guests got campaign-style favor stickers that said “4 More Years.” Too funny! After the fireworks grand finale, the kids rode off into the night with their own supersized firework favor made from white mailing tubes, Duck Tape and washi. Like the firework cups, these too featured a fuse made from fringed cupcake liners. A personalized favor card was attached thanking guests for “making it such a happy 4th.”

Inside the favors was an assortment of themed items like Pop-Its, a cherry or blueberry pie-shaped cookie and watermelon sucker, all a fun reminder of our birthday boy’s star spangled 4th.

CREDITS

Party inspiration and styling: Pink Peppermint Parties

All paper good including invitations, signage, food and drink cards and favor tags: Pink Peppermint Paper, LLC.

Cake and cookies: Crumb Gourmet

Photography: Kirk Giessinger

Custom wooden spoons: InTheClear Packaging

Custom appliqué shirt: Thread Serious

Favor tubes: Uline