Every year we host a 4th of July Pool Party. We all go to our local 4th of July Parade in the morning and then friends and family gather at our house for a 4th of July picnic and pool fun.
Decorate your pool gate with a simple Fourth of July flag like this one. Place flags in planters and hang red, white and blue paper lanterns from the umbrella ribs.
It's easy to set a 4th of July theme with some simple red, white and blue plates and napkins and a couple of flags.
Every family brings a salad or a dessert which makes it easier for everyone. Some years we have grilled hamburgers and brats and other years we have served cold sandwiches.
Start with a blue or red checkered umbrella tablecloths for your food and party tables.
It comes in round or oblong shaped. It is next to impossible to find round umbrella tablecloths in the store - so here it is right on Amazon:Blue or Red Checkered Zippered Table Cloth
I found these cute blue buckets at the dollar section at Target.
Use them to hold your utensils and napkins. Tie a red ribbon around the buckets or adorn with red beads.
We love this inflatable cooler (with a drain) - fill it up with ice and then put your drinks, bowls of salad, or trays of fruits on top of the ice to keep foods cold.Inflatable Cooler with Drain
A rolling beverage cooler allows you to place your party cooler anywhere you want. No lifting or carrying or if the sun gets too hot, just roll it to a shadier spot.Pool Deck Rolling Cooler 80 Quart Solid Steel
These are nice and large - 36" and made of durable vinyl.
Get a couple of them so there are plenty of floats for your guests.
These themed swim rings are hard to find - but you can get them at Amazon year round here:
Hang a stars and stripes fabric bunting along the pool fence or one on the pool gate. It measures 4' and is made out of polyester fabric - which means it can be used again and again.
Unlike paper decorations it can get wet from pool water splashes or rain.
Three grommet holes make it easy to tie onto any location.Stars and Stripes Fabric Bunting, 4-Feet
A reminder is sent to the guests a couple of days prior reminding them of the event or letting them know that they have not RSVP'd.
For several year I simply invited our friends via a telephone call. Not any more. One year we had 30 people at our annual 4th of July pool party. They started coming at 11:30 AM with the last guests arriving at 6:30 PM. Needless to say the food went in and out of the fridge and in and out the microwave all day long. A written invitation with a specific time that the party starts and what time the food will be served (Food will be served promptly at 1:00 PM) has helped to "control the crowd" so that they are now all coming about the same time.
Add a few star sprinkles to the envelope for an extra festive touch.
Use bright red strawberries and blueberries to make 4th of July desserts. This easy trifle was made by layering:
Angel Food Cake pieces
Angel Food Cake
Let it sit for at least an hour. I make it the night before. It is so light and refreshing and looks so patriotic.
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