It’s a rainy day here in Portland (again) and with the July 4th holiday less than a week away, it’s not feeling much like summer. That is precisely why it’s the perfect time to finalize the details for your 4th of July party or gathering.

If you haven’t had much time to plan – July 4th is a great holiday for DIY party planning. Add a touch of red, white and blue to your color scheme, come up with some tasty summer food ideas and you’ve got yourself a party. Here are few DIY ideas to get you started!

SET THE TABLE

We love this nautical-themed table setting and lighting. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ or sit down dinner – this more formal seating plan is casual, yet classy and the hydrangea centerpieces are lovely!

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If you’re planning a more casual affair with grab and go food – try a set-up that offers a signature touch. Check online for free printables to add a DIY touch to drinks and party favors.

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FOOD WITH FLARE

Now on to the food. Everyone loves to get creative with red, white and blue food choices and there are so many fun ideas from desserts to cocktails. This year, ditch the over-done flag cake and opt for cake pops and add the fresh fruit to your cocktails instead!

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Or get the best of both worlds with this sweet treat, firecracker popsicles!

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Looking for more 4th of July ideas? Check out our Pinterest page for these how-to’s and more!

And last but not least, don’t forget the sparklers!

Happy DIYing this 4th of July!

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