Get your red, white and blue attire together. Fourth of July is all about celebrating America’s independence with food, fireworks, fun, family and friends! Throwing a patriotic shindig? Check out our list of all the party essentials you’ll need to make the day a success.

Independence Eats

Everyone knows no party is complete without plenty of good eats and treats! Here are our favorite recipes for your soiree:

Watermelon, Tomato and Feta Salad: Try this sweet and savory recipe that uses fresh produce to celebrate the flavors of the season.

Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs: Will there be lots of children attending? If so, these mini pretzel dogs are sure to satisfy those tiny tummies. They make a great appetizer, too!

Chive Potato Salad: Traditional potato salad tends to be a staple at any cook-out. This healthier version omits mayo and adds in lots of flavor with chives. Your guests will keep coming back for this one!

Kale Caesar Pasta Salad: Another take on a popular BBQ side dish, this pasta salad is like no other. It gets a major flavor boost from kale, farfalle pasta and sweet roasted tomatoes.

Mini Stars Berry Pies: These little confections are perfect for the holiday! Filled with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, they’re excellent served with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Flag Cake: This dessert isn’t just delicious, it can also double as party décor or act as your centerpiece until it is time to cut the cake.

Delightful Décor

There’s no need to break the bank decorating for your party. I few low-cost, reusable items will do the trick. Check out our suggestions below.

Red, White and Blue Streamers: These beauties are inexpensive and can be used in a variety of ways. From table décor, to garland or hanging them vertically as streamers. They can be used for any patriotic celebration: Veterans Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day and more.

Inflatable Cooler: This is one of those items that pulls double duty, as it’s functional and decorative. Keep all the beverages cold and displayed in a fun way with this American flag inflatable.

Patriotic Plates: Cleanup will be a breeze with these American flag plates. Not only are they festive, they’re more convenient and safer than hassling with regular dishes. Don’t forget the napkins, servings trays, disposable cups and straws if you’ll be entertaining a large crowd.

Stars and Stripes Banner: These pennant banners are handy, as they can be hung just about anywhere. Drape on your backyard patio, deck or inside on the ceiling to make a big statement.

Patriotic Swag

Unlike children’s birthday parties, guests don’t usually expect a party favor at 4th of July celebrations. However, if you choose to go this route, there are plenty of affordable options that will ensure your guests leave with a huge smile.

Patriotic Shutter Glasses: These cool shades will be a hit with kids and adults alike. Turn up the hip factor with these glasses! A group photo may even need to be taken with everyone wearing their new swag.

Red, White & Blue Leis: Party leis are a super cheap way to liven up the fun. A pack of 12 is only $5 so it’s, inexpensive yet can totally elevate your party and show the guests how much you care about the details.

Flag Fans: We all know how hot it is come July! These fans are a good way for guests to keep cool if your party will be held outdoors. Fans can also be used as table décor.

Patriotic Beach Ball: Whether you’ll be partying in your backyard, at the pool or beach, these red, white and blue beach balls are great for both children and adults.

As always, be sure to fully enjoy the day with friends and family, honoring our great nation!