Photographer: Samantha 10 Essential 4th of July Party Supplies Theresa June 28, 2016 Lifestyle 110 Comments Throwing together a family friendly, patriotic Fourth of July party can be simple. From grilling outside to spending time with family and friends, celebrating America’s independence is one of the most fun ways to kick off summer. So, I rounded up the top 10 essential 4th of July party supplies! This list will help you have the ultimate Fourth of July party. 10 Essential 4th of July Party Supplies Kick off your celebration with deliciously grilled all-American food. Grilling outside brings enjoyment to any party. My local Lowe’s home improvement store donated the Weber Spirit E-310 gas grill for me to try out with my family of four before the 4th of July. This $500 grill is a splurge that is well worth it. With cast iron grates, a warming rack and a fixed side shelf, the grill has all the amenities. Making a scrumptious Fourth of July meal is simple to do on such a high quality grill. The three stainless steel main burners give you plenty of space to cook family size meals. My family and I tested the grill with an early Fourth of July party featuring classic hamburgers and sweet potato fries. We had a blast spending our Sunday outside enjoying the weather, while the food cooked. We were super excited to own the best grill! It cooked the most appetizing hamburgers that left our mouths watering for more. My husband enjoyed manning the grill while I watched the kids. This day was a wonderful reminder of why celebrating the holidays together means so much. The burgers were so delectable and savory! I loved the charred exterior and the juicy meat inside. This was the perfectly cooked burger. With fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and American cheese, the burger was a crowd pleaser. Even my picky kids ate everything on their plates. Thanks to an awesome grill and an incredible cook, our pre-Fourth of July celebration was a success. For the ultimate Fourth of July party, offer guests a variety of food. Summertime in Maryland means one thing, crabs! Maryland crab cakes are a classic regional cuisine that families love to come together to enjoy. All year, I wait in anticipation of a delectable jumbo lump crab cake in the summer. I was overjoyed that FoodyDirect sent me four delicious jumbo lump crab cakes that came from a restaurant called The Narrows of Grasonville, Maryland. These award winning crab cakes are known nationally and having tried them myself, I can see why they consistently receive such positive feedback. When critiquing a crab cake, Marylanders look for quality jumbo lumps of crab and barely any filler. This crab cake was spot on in its texture and consistency. When the crab cakes arrived, I knew this amount of food called for a family get together! The crab cakes came already pre-formed so it was simple to throw them in the oven and enjoy each other’s company. This would be perfect for the Fourth of July because when you’re grilling outside, the crab cakes would be simple to bake inside your home. All we had to do was sprinkle the top with some Old Bay seasoning for additional flavor. While the crab cakes were delicate and flavorful, there were plenty for everyone to enjoy. Music brings life to any party. Create a fun ambiance by streaming a festive music channel for your crowd to enjoy. The JBL Pulse 2 speaker I tried out let me stream music from my phone to the Bluetooth-powered device in my outdoor party location. It was convenient to be able to manage the music from my phone, which I would always keep nearby at a party. Since I live in a neighborhood, I liked that the music could play at a mellow volume level so I wouldn’t disturb the neighbors. You could also turn the music up louder, but I liked that the sound was perfect for a close together among friends. Another cool feature of this speaker was that it changes colors. The fun coloring brought a party to my house any time I turned it on to play music. My kids got a huge kick out of watching it. They loved waiting to see when it would turn their favorite color. You might not see the color much outside during the day, but check out how vibrant the coloring was inside in daylight. Blankets can make children at your party more comfortable and can be used for seating as well as warmth. With the Aden & Anais red Classic Daydream Blanket, you get festive colors and decoration as well as a practical comfort for kids and families to enjoy. My children loved laying on this blanket when we grilled outside. The fabric was so cozy. This would be perfect for staying up late to watch the fireworks. At a party, when children get tired and irritable, they would love to curl up in such a soft blanket. Festive flower bouquets are another Fourth of July decoration idea. Some flowers that fit with red, white and blue would be red roses, white lilies, and blue statice. The America the Beautiful bouquet from Teleflora has all of these and more. To add a nice touch, it comes in a gorgeous cobalt blue glass cube. I received this bouquet to try in my home, and I loved the pretty colors. The flag added a festive element that made my room look ready for a Fourth of July Party. As with all the Teleflora bouquets I’ve received in the past, I was very happy with the quality of the blooms when they arrived. I liked that the colors were vibrant upon arrival. The blooms lasted for at least a week before they started to wilt. With the flag and the vase being reusable, I will hold on to those items for my next Fourth of July party. Dress for the occasion. The Flag Shirt offers Fourth of July apparel for the entire family. The company dressed my entire family for our pre-Fourth of July party! My American tank fit great and was super comfortable. I layered it with a white tank top underneath, and it looked really nice! I loved how pretty the faded colors were. It had a distressed style with a pre-broken in, vintage feel. For my husband, I chose the USA Flag Under Armour Performance T-shirt. The style was athletic and casual, which I thought was ideal for a relaxed family get together. I liked that the shirt would still work well for other occasions. Ryan is planning to work out in the shirt and wear it in the future since it doesn’t look overly festive. The fit was perfect for him to grill and play catch with the girls comfortably. My daughters loved the dresses that I picked out for them. I selected matching American Flag dresses. The vibrant colors were very appealing. I loved how lively the bright clothing looked in my photos. Since the dresses had such dynamic coloring, the girls looked even more enthusiastic in their pictures. The dresses fit nicely and allowed plenty of room for movement. Both girls loved getting dressed up for the occasion. They enjoyed the experience of matching each other too. As a side note, I also received the kids’ American flag socks. Because the weather was so sunny, it was unnecessary to wear socks, but socks could be useful if you’re staying out late and it gets chilly. Parties don’t last without plenty of food options! Let’s check out a few more food ideas. These will help you extend your party into the evening. As long as you supply food, guests will enthusiastically stay at your party. Flavorful, red white and blue tamales from Tucson Tamale look festive and have a spectacular taste. The red tamale is a smoky barbequed pork that has a rich flavor throughout each bite. For a gentler taste, the white tamale is made with green chile chicken. While the blue tamale is a vegetarian option, its mixture of squash, tomato, onion, green chile and cheese left me wanting more. Sharing a meal with my family, I sampled a three-pack of these tamales on two different occasions. The tamales were simple to toss in my steamer for 20 minutes. I loved that there was little prep work involved. These would be very easy to serve at a party and would allow you to mingle with your guests instead of managing the kitchen. The last day to purchase these for them to arrive for the Fourth of July is June 29th, so you can still get these in time! Because each American family is unique, the Fourth of July is a wonderful time to celebrate your family’s traditions. Growing up in my family, it was rare to have a family gathering without a big helping of tasty pasta and meatballs. I loved integrating my family’s heritage into our get togethers. You can serve food that isn’t traditionally all-American, especially if your guests enjoy international food. For a delectable Spanish twist on your Fourth of July menu, make paella. This rice, seafood, and meat dish is traditionally served at family gatherings. La Tienda sent me the Mini Paella Kit Gift Box so I could learn more about how this meal would be prepared. Saffron is used to give the rice a delicious flavor and beautiful golden color. A smoky sweet paprika adds additional flavor. When the meal is finished, you get an amazing mixture of delicious ingredients. To make this meal for your party, buy a huge paella pan to fit all the ingredients. Photo Credit: La Tienda Another food I tried out for this article was a box of Belgian Liege waffles from Waffatopia. The box I received was called the Summer BBQ pack. I loved the sweet flavor so much I couldn’t bare to pair it with something savory. The Chocolate Stuffed Waffles were almost indescribably good. There were large, sweet chunks of chocolate hidden inside the waffle. I was pleasantly shocked when I ate these. The chocolate was barely noticeable until you bite in and get a tasty mouthful mixed in with the cinnamon and vanilla waffle dough. I topped the chocolate stuffed waffles off with ice cream, and the result was heavenly. When I ate the Cinnamon and Vanilla Waffles, I made them for breakfast. Some pure maple syrup and a hint of butter highlighted the simple, elegant flavor. With an apricot on the side, the waffles made my entire family happy. When the waffles arrived, they came in individually wrapped packages. It was easy to toss them in the toaster for a quick meal. I kept them refrigerated until I was ready to cook them. The flavor was amazing. Tasting these waffles really showed me why splurging on specialty waffles makes sense. You can get free shipping from Waffatopia through July 4th with the promo code THERESA at checkout. Order by June 28th to receive before the holiday weekend! After the festivities, messes all over your white clothes can put a damper on your night. Stock up on stain removal so you don’t have to worry about the newly purchased Fourth of July clothes being ruined. Simply knowing that you have a product that can combat stains can make your evening stress-free. All laundry detergent sent me their Fresh Clean ESSENTIALS detergent. I absolutely ended up needing this in the house! I was really glad that the detergent was so effective. When I washed my clothes, the stains came out easily. Check out how messy these girls got during our pre-Fourth of July party. They had a simple idea to do some chalk drawing on the sidewalk that turned out to be more complicated than I had imagined. When colorful chalk got all over their cute new dresses, I wasn’t sure that I could get the stains out. Samantha was pretty good about only getting the chalk on her pants. My energetic younger daughter got chalk all over herself. The girls also got chalk and dirt all over my new, pretty Aden & Anais blanket. I was really relieved that when I washed the clothes and the blanket, the chalk and dirt came out easily. With two active girls, I need a heavy duty laundry detergent, and All Fresh Clean ESSENTIALS detergent worked great for me! So there you have it, 10 awesome essentials that will help you have the best Fourth of July party. Your party will stand out from everyone else’s with these fun ideas. Our pre-Fourth of July party was a huge success, and I hope your party goes well too! What would your ideal Fourth of July party be like? Share in the comments! For more party tips, follow Theresa’s Reviews on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Flipboard and Youtube. Disclosure I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion! 110 Responses Alexis June 28, 2016 Great things to keep in mind for the 4th & every day! 🙂 Love the dresses for the girls… Reply theresa June 28, 2016 Thank you! We had so much fun dressing up for the occasion. Reply Angela June 28, 2016 aww love their little dresses!! This is my first fourth of July! And you really make me wish I had a BBQ Reply theresa June 28, 2016 Wow, your first? That’s awesome! Did you just move to the USA? Reply Gwen June 28, 2016 WOW! I am suddenly starving! These look amazing but I am going to have to try the crab cakes for sure and my son would adore those waffles! The blanket is also so lovely! I want that too! Thank you for sharing! I’m all excited for the fourth now! Reply theresa June 28, 2016 The food is seriously the best! Makes me hungry again just thinking about it. 🙂 Reply Gurk @ The Women Talk June 28, 2016 Wow! You’re all set with July 4th preparations. I love the girls’ outfits. And that waffle looks super delicious! Reply theresa June 28, 2016 Yes, we are so ready to go now that we have a grill! Reply Louisa June 28, 2016 Now this makes me wish I had a grill but I thank God for friends that do. The speaker looks like a fancy little gadget to have for all celebrations. I’m looking forward to the 4th! Reply theresa June 29, 2016 I’m looking forward to it too! Yes, I love the speaker and the grill! Reply Alexandria June 28, 2016 The tamales look delicious! I am currently building an outdoor space for my husband and to entertain. I was looking into getting speakers for outside. What are your opinions on the JBL Pulse? Reply theresa June 29, 2016 JBL is a high quality speaker brand. I really trust their product! However, I would look into more of a surround system? This one is great because it is portable, but it might not give you the loud sound for a full party on a regular basis. It’s more casual and good for small get togethers. Reply Jessica-Domesticated Wild Child June 28, 2016 Great list! Those are good ideas. Reply theresa June 29, 2016 Thank you, Jessica! Reply Shann June 29, 2016 Your girls are adorable! I love those dresses! My husband would love that grill, and looks like you’ve had some really great food. That paella kit looks awesome. Reply theresa June 29, 2016 Thank you so much! They love their dresses too. I can’t wait to eat more delicious, grilled food! Reply Michelle June 29, 2016 Everything looks so good! Your kiddos are adorable! Reply theresa June 29, 2016 Thank you so much! That’s really thoughtful, Michelle. Reply Kimberly June 29, 2016 So much yummy food. I love family get togethers, and I could easily see these items becoming a star at a get together. Also, the shirts are awesome, and I have to say, your kids are precious. Thanks for sharing. Reply theresa June 29, 2016 Thank you very much, Kimberly! I hope you have a great 4th of July! Reply Latoya June 29, 2016 Love the girls outfit, they’re to cute! The food looks amazing. Can’t wait to celebrate. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you, I’m excited to celebrate too! Reply JeeYoung June 29, 2016 What a great list! My husband would love that grill! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Yes, he would! Mine surprised me by grilling mid-week when I got home late… Such a wonderful treat! Reply GiGi June 29, 2016 THIS YEAR I will be on the golf course with the fiance – and two friends… Wonder if the GRILL with happen this year 😉 We shall see! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 That sounds like a lot of fun! I don’t go golfing, but that sounds like the perfect group to golf with on the 4th! Reply Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie June 29, 2016 Your kids are so adorable 🙂 My hubby would love a grill like that and outdoor speakers are a must! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you so much! Yes, mine loves his grill, and the speakers are awesome! Reply Susan Mary June 29, 2016 The crab cakes got me first 🙂 But then I fell in love with the flag shirts! The girls look darlin’. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Yes, the crab cakes are incredible! I want to drive out to the restaurant The Narrows and try them in person! Reply Erika Ravnsborg June 29, 2016 I’m a Canadian lady myself but we essentially do the same thing. Your food looks marvellous Reply theresa July 1, 2016 I’d love to learn more about what you do in Canada, and what it represents in your country! Reply Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman June 29, 2016 I love those American flag dresses! (I’m also completely blown away by the idea of having crab cakes Delivered! Life is good!!) Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you! The dresses are so adorable. Yes, and the crab cakes were the best! Reply Danielle K Howell June 29, 2016 wow! You have everything you need to have an awesome 4th of July Celebration! thanks so much for sharing! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Yes, I’m so excited for the 4th of July! It’s going to be the best. We might make chicken wings… Yum!!! Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove June 29, 2016 Love your essentials, especially the food-related ones, lol. 🙂 The grill looks amazing, my husband “needs” a new one so I’ll have to check that one out. Love all your festive red, white, and blue too! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Yes, I love good food on an awesome holiday! I love this grill, so I’d definitely check into it! Reply LeAnn R. June 29, 2016 The food looks delicious! Yumm-o! My hubby loves to grill out too! I can not wait until this weekend! Good food & good company! I hope you have a wonderful 4th! I’m putting crab cakes on my list! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Hope you have a wonderful 4th too! It’s so nice to have a long weekend. Reply Ruthie Ridley June 29, 2016 Um those crab cakes?!?!?! They look amazing! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Yes, they were incredible! Reply Mary June 30, 2016 I’m hosting my first bbq with my family this weekend. I’ll be keeping these in mind. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 That’s awesome! I hope you have a wonderful family BBQ! Reply Stephanie June 30, 2016 Summer cookouts are my favorite. The food, the company, the cool evening temps. Pure perfection! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 I hope the weather is good this weekend! I heard it might rain for a little bit, but maybe that will just keep the weather cool for a wonderful cookout! Reply Elizabeth Copeland June 30, 2016 I cannot for the life of me remember if I’ve tried crab cakes! But now I really want some…I’ll have to make some! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Oh, you should! You have to get real jumbo lump crab though, otherwise it’s pretty plain and tastes like bread. Reply CourtneyLynne June 30, 2016 Omg so in love with that grill!!!!! My hubby and I have been eyeing that exact one for awhile now! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 That’s awesome, Courtney! I bet you guys would love it. Reply Sara June 30, 2016 Yes, looking forward to the 4th of July! Love the girls dresses, they’re cute. And the crab cakes are making me drool. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you! I am looking forward to the holiday too. Reply Angie Scheie June 30, 2016 Such a great list of essentials! I’m hungry thinking about what came off the grill and your girls are the cutest! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Yes, the burgers were so awesome! I can’t wait for more. Reply Melody Rosa June 30, 2016 I need those speakers it will be great all year around.Great photography and what a helpful list. http://sheismelrose.net/ @sheismelrose Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you! I had so much fun taking photos for this article! I wish I had this much spare time to work on the website all the time! Reply Kari June 30, 2016 I’m so excited for the three day weekend! I’m looking forward to lots of fun time off! Kari http://www.sweetteasweetie.com Reply theresa July 1, 2016 I’m excited too! Hope you have a good holiday weekend! Reply Kristin June 30, 2016 My favorite are the flag dresses! They are so adorable! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you! My girls had such a fun time trying them out. Reply Bree June 30, 2016 Your girls are so adorable! Love those dresses and everything else made me hungry! 🙂 Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you, Bree! They loved the dresses too! Reply Gwen June 30, 2016 Hey! Just sending an update! After reading this I checked out the Waffles and have decided to order some of the chocolate filled ones! So excited to try them. They have great reviews and I love delicious and easy! My son is gonna think I’m amazing! Thanks for the tip! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 That’s so awesome! I love getting the chance to influence readers with my opinions… Hope you love them as much as I do! Reply Deanna July 1, 2016 I like ve that grill and your outfits are adorable! What great ideas for the 4th. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Thank you! The grill and outfits were some of my favorites too! Reply KidCongeniality July 1, 2016 I just love that grill! You have me psyched for the 4th!! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Perfect! I’m super excited too! Reply katrina gehman July 1, 2016 i will be traveling over the weekend so it won’t be the normal 4th for us. we still plan on having fun. i love cooking on the grill and fireworks for the kids. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 Traveling can be fun too! Hope you have a great time together! I did an article about traveling recently… You should check it out, maybe it would make your trip more fun! Reply Ashley Stephenson July 1, 2016 I am hoping this weekend is a little pretty – they are calling for rain all weekend. We have plans to have a cookout by our pool! But we probably need to clean the grill a little before we cook on it! We have multiple grills and the one at our top deck by our pool hardly gets used! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 I think it might rain here too. What made you decide to get more than one grill? Are they different models? Reply Leah @mylittlerobins.com July 1, 2016 I love that blanket! It almost looks like muslin? My daughter loves blankets so much that picnic blankets soon become drag-around-everywhere blankets. Reply theresa July 1, 2016 It is one of the softest blankets I’ve ever used! I’m cuddling up with it right now. 🙂 Reply Katelin @ The Road We're On July 1, 2016 This is CUTE! I love the seasonal outfits that the girls are wearing! As a child, I had a red, white, and blue bandana that I wore about this time every year. Their outfits reminded me of that–hadn’t thought of it in years! Reply theresa July 1, 2016 I love bandanas! They look so cute on girls. Reply cara July 1, 2016 Love their little outfits- too cute! Those crab cakes look delicious too! Reply Sanchari Das July 1, 2016 Great clicks and the girls are so cute. https://freshfashioneveryday.wordpress.com/ Reply theresa July 3, 2016 I appreciate it! Reply Desteny July 1, 2016 We have a Weber Spirit & love it! Great BBQ, well worth the investment! And those dresses are absolutely adorable 🙂 Reply theresa July 2, 2016 So glad to hear I made the right choice with this grill! Reply Ashleigh July 1, 2016 I don’t live in the U.S. anymore but this is a great 4th of July checklist…super helpful! Plus your girls are just adorable; I wish I knew how to find those dresses sooner, so I could send them to my nieces! Reply theresa July 2, 2016 Thanks for stopping by! I have other articles you might find more universal. Reply Stacy July 1, 2016 Lots of good things to check out…those crab cakes looks awesome! Reply theresa July 2, 2016 They were so good! I can’t wait to get a bushel this summer! Reply Tiffany @ Arrows & awe July 1, 2016 Music is a must! Reply theresa July 2, 2016 Yes! Do you have a favorite play list for parties? Reply Lisa July 1, 2016 I absolutely love that light and those waffles look AMAZING! Happy 4th! Reply theresa July 2, 2016 I wish I had more of those amazing waffles! It would be neat if you could buy them at grocery stores… I would be so likely to make an impromptu decision to buy some right now! Reply andrea July 2, 2016 My son has been begging me for the JBL speaker, I may have to break now! Great list:) Reply theresa July 2, 2016 That’s so funny! Did he want the same style? Reply Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons July 2, 2016 Love the delicious looking food, but those dresses your girls are wearing-too cute! Reply theresa July 2, 2016 I love the dresses too! It’s so cute when sisters match. Reply candy July 2, 2016 Good reminder of what is needed and your daughters 4th July outfits are really adorable. Reply theresa July 2, 2016 I’m so glad you found this list helpful! It’s always useful to have one last reminder before hosting a party. Reply margo July 2, 2016 Great ideas! The girls look so cute “decked out” in red, white, & blue”! Reply theresa July 2, 2016 Thank you! They loved being so festive and learning more about why we celebrate the 4th of July. Reply Andrea July 3, 2016 Looks so yummy, great post! Reply theresa July 3, 2016 Thank you, I loved writing it! Reply momwithfive July 3, 2016 Great list! Your daughters are so cute and I love their dresses… and your food look so delicious. Reply theresa July 4, 2016 Thank you so much! I can’t wait to cook more today! Happy 4th! Reply Summer Landscaping with the STIHL MS 170 Chainsaw - Theresa's Reviews July 3, 2016 […] 10 Essential 4th of July Party Supplies […] Reply Rebecca Hicks July 4, 2016 I love all of these things! We grilled burgers for our get together with friends, and boy did we need a bigger one. And that speaker is so cool! Reply theresa July 4, 2016 Absolutely, a big grill is important when you’re having company over! Reply Erin | A Welder's Wife July 4, 2016 I love this list! I especially agree with the grill and speaker! They both definitely make a summer day better! 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