The Fourth of July is nearly here, that means it is time for barbecue parties, games, friends, and family. That got me thinking of ways to make a Fourth of July (or any patriotic holiday) BBQ Party stand out.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized it wasn’t about changing the potato salad or doing something new on the grill. Your family’s favorite recipes are always a crowd pleaser, so these ideas are meant to complement the classic barbecue menu and will add something special to your party this year.
Patriotic Barbecue Party Ideas
Even if you’re lucky enough to spend your holiday boating or fishing on Lake Hartwell, at some point you’ll want to get on dry land to celebrate our great country with family and friends. Try incorporating these snacks, drinks, and activities at the party and your guests will still be talking about the good times they had long after the festivities end.
Here is a list of decor items, snacks, and games you can play that will make any patriotic barbecue party stand out from the rest.
Simple and fun red, white, and blue party decor
Nothing says 4th of July like red white and blue decor. Check out some of these unique DIY ideas that won’t break the bank.
Patriotic Terracotta Pots
This is a great craft project for the kids or even the adults attending your party. Let them decorate terracotta pots with red, white, and blue paint and then take them home with them! If you’d rather, you can have these already decorating your yard when your guests arrive as well.
These pots from Smart Fun DIY are super simple to decorate and can be filled with a variety of plants. I recommend mint, it grows easily and tastes delicious, so you can walk right up and tear a leaf off.
Tin Can Wind Chimes
Save your empty cans of all sizes for this fun decorative project. The Tin Can Wind Chimes from Creative Green Living can already be hanging up when your guests arrive or they can make a great project for the kids to do, with some grown-up supervision of course.
Red, White, and Blue Lawn Stars
This is such a simple project that makes a big statement! Jeannine at The Concrete Cottage shows us how to spraypaint the lawn to make an impressive patriotic statement.
If you’re worried about painting your grass, Jeannine clarifies that she used construction marking paint from the home improvement store that won’t kill the grass. However, it is permanent, so your stars will remain until you cut the lawn.
Patriotic barbecue snacks and drinks
There are tons of ways to bring a bit of red white and blue into your barbecue party menu. Take a look at some of these ideas that will be easy to incorporate into your party plans.
Beet Sangria Mocktails
Make your party stand out by ditching the pink lemonade and making something that is guaranteed to have the party talking, Beet Sangria Mocktails. These fun festive alcohol-free drinks from Just Beet It are as healthy as they are unique thanks to the fresh fruit and beet juice.
Spiced up with ginger beer, these mocktails have just the right amount of festive flair.
Layered red, white and blue cocktail recipe
For the adults at your party, impress them with a fun layered cocktail. Try this one from Always Order Dessert who shows us exactly how she creates the layers without getting them all muddled up.
Red White and Blue Watermelon Pizza
For a sweet, gorgeous, and healthy dessert skip the cupcakes and the trifle and instead go for a red white and blue watermelon pizza as explained to us by Everyday Maven.
How has no one ever had this idea before?! If you want you can even have the kids at the party make it. Just remember that it does take about 30 minutes to set. Your guests will love the sweet cool flavors from this patriotic dessert pizza.
Red White and Blue Popcorn with a Kick
You won’t find a more patriotic popcorn recipe! Popcorn is a great snack at a barbecue party because it’s universally appealing to both kids and adults.
This recipe by Mom Foodie for 4th of July Popcorn is unique and delicious. This popcorn has the red white and blue theme you’re looking for but with a sweet and spicy kick from drizzled chocolate and Hot Tamales candy.
Patriotic party games
Most of the fun of a barbecue is spending time with friends and family, but when you’ve got a crowd at home it’s always great to have some games ready to keep little (and big) hands busy.
These patriotic party games are sure to please the crowd and make memories that last.
Capture the Flag
Just because it’s starting to get dark doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. As the sun goes down it is the perfect time to break out a glow in the dark capture the flag game. Keep the kids and adults running around long into the night as they wait for the fireworks displays to get started with this fun game.
American Flag Cornhole
Adults and kids alike love a good bean bag toss game. You can certainly find plenty of instructions online teaching you how to make your own but if you don’t have woodworking tools then you’re out of luck. Plus homemade cornhole boards can be bulky to store.
Save yourself the time and headache with this folding set on Amazon. It comes with 2 American flag cornhole boards and 8 red and blue beanbags.
Jenga is a fun game for all ages, but you can make it even more festive with this red, white, and blue set that gets up to 5 feet tall! Put this set of tumbling blocks out on your lawn and no doubt, it will attract your guests to start playing.
Patriotic giant inflatable float
Giant inflatable floating islands are all the rage. Check out this fun option in classic red, white, and blue. With comfy seating for up to six plus a cooler and drink holders, your party guests are sure to have fun in this float!
What will you have at your patriotic barbecue party?
Share your ideas in the comments below!