Having a get together for family and friends can be fun and overwhelming at the same time.  The party details, making food, and thinking about decorations can all be tasks that are a bit daunting if you don’t plan it out right.  Are you going to have a formal party with centerpieces, or just something more casual?  With Independence Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start getting your party list together.  A Fourth of July party tends to be a little more casual so don’t try to overwhelm yourself with loads of formal decorations, just try to have fun with it!

Here are a few fun ideas to make any Independence Day party a hit, these activities and recipes work well for both adults and kids!

 Make your own Stilts:
  • Puncture-style can opener
  • 2 (29-ounce) cans of tomato sauce
  • Acrylic paint in white, red, and blue
  • Paintbrush
  • Star shapes cut from household sponges
  • Disposable pans or plates
  • Tape
  • 2 (5-foot) lengths of cotton or nylon clothesline
  • Skewer
  1. Puncture a can in opposite spots on its side, as shown.  Drain it by blowing into one hole to force the sauce out of the other (you could use the sauce in a recipe before making the stilts so it doesn’t go to waste, up to you).  Repeat with the second can.  Wash both cans under running water to clean them, inside and out. Remove their labels and let them dry.
  2. Paint both cans white. When they’re dry, dip dampened sponge stars into pans or plates of red and blue paint. Apply the stamps to the cans and let them dry.
  3. For the handles, tape one end of a length of clothesline to a skewer. Push it through one hole and out the other, as shown. Have your child stand on the can, holding the line’s ends. Knot the line at hip level and trim. Repeat for the other stilt.

Red White and Blue Drink:

  • Ice cubes
  • Cranberry juice
  • Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce
  • Diet 7-Up
Fill a clear glass with ice cubes. Pour the drink with the most sugar (check the nutrition label) into the glass. For our red, white, and blue recipe, start with the cranberry juice. Very slowly add a beverage that contains less sugar — in this case, Wild Berry flavor Gatorade Fierce.  Be careful to pour it onto an ice cube — not directly into the other drink — to keep them from mixing. Use the same technique to add a layer of Diet 7-Up.  Enjoy!
Liberty Cupcakes:
  • Cake mix
  • Flat-bottom ice cream cones
  • Yellow or orange frosting
  • Sugar wafers
  • Orange and red decorators’ gel
To make a batch, prepare your favorite cake mix according to the package directions and spoon it into flat-bottomed ice-cream cones (a regular-size box of cake mix will make enough for about 24), filling the cones no more than halfway.  Set the cones upright in a baking pan, supporting them with crumpled aluminum foil.  Bake according to the cake mix directions, following the time recommended for cupcakes.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely, then frost each one with yellow or orange frosting.  To make each torch’s flame, cut 2 sugar wafers in half at an angle and stick them into the cupcake.  Add orange and red frosting or decorators’ gel, and you’ve got one hot — and patriotic — dessert.
To top of any Fourth of July celebration you should have some fireworks!  Check your local regulations to see what is permitted and what is off limits, and I DO NOT recommend trying to make your own fireworks; but things like sparklers and fireworks that stay on the ground and shoot sparks are always good choices.  Be sure that children stay back and an adult is around to supervise at all times!  My kids also really like to watch the snakes, you know the ones that look like little black circles, and then you lite them and they grow long like a snake.
Have fun and just enjoy a great time with some family and friends!
Written by Jesica and Heather.
Disclosure:  All activities, pictures, and recipes found and adapted from Disney Family Fun.  This was a sponsored post in which The Mommy Bunch received compensation, however, all opinions are strictly our own.