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4th of July celebrations are the ultimate sign of summer! Swimming, grilling, fireworks, everyone in red white and blue – it’s a party! This Independence Day lets make it a party that wont wreck your budget. I’m sharing some great tips to help you celebrate on a dime. Reminder – ALWAYS check Rakuten before you purchase online for cashback. If you’re unfamiliar with Rakuten, click here to read more and sign up now!
RED WHTIE & BLUE BACKDROP
Hop on Pinterest or Instagram and you’ll find inspiration for the most decked out party décor imaginable. It’s beautiful right? But usually over the top and $$$$. If you’re like me (which you probably are since you’re reading this), you want cute decorations but also don’t want to spend $500 decorating. Try some of my go-tos below!
Balloons are a simple way to decorate for any party. Avoid places like Party City where 1 Mylar balloon cost $30 and do some up front research. Amazon, Walmart, the Dollar Store and Target all have great options for budget friendly décor. I’ve linked some great options below.
TARGET USA BALLOONS – I’ve already purchased these! They are blown up and waiting to be taped to my wall. SO CUTE and the price makes it a no-brainer.
AMAZON PATRIOTIC BALLOONS – These are in my cart and are currently on sale for Amazon Prime Day. Love the stars!
SECRET TIP – I always purchase this helium tank to use when needed. With 4 kids and multiple holidays in between, it’s SO MUCH CHEAPER to fill balloons yourself.
Making decorations yourself is a great way to save money AND celebrate the holiday. You can have a crafting day with kids, a girls night and work on DIY projects together or just do it yourself as “me time”. Sharing some DIY’s we do with our kids as well as some great idea’s I’ve found on Pinterest!
DIY WALL HANGING – This is a craft I do with the kids throughout the year to celebrate Holidays. We create a back drop by cutting shapes with my Cricut machine and card stock and then decorate and hang! Very inexpensive and fun. If you don’t have a Cricut (which I highly recommend for a ton of projects) you can purchase precut shapes to use. CLICK HERE to see our Valentines Day craft and CLICK HERE to see our sunshine craft. For 4th of July I would cut rectangles with the Cricut and let the kids make flags! Red, white and blue hearts would also work! Attach to a piece of string and hang on the wall.
Popsicle Stick Banner – I found this cute idea on Pinterest that is definitely doable on a budget!
DIY BACKDROP STREAMER – Saving this one for later for sure!
WEAR RED WHITE & BLUE
For Independence Day clothing inspiration all you need to do is log onto Instagram and you’ll see all the latest! From bikini’s and hair bows to matching outfits for the entire family, you’ll find it there. Instagram is a fantastic marketing tool for small shops and usually their items are pricey because they are handmade. First let me start by saying I love supporting small businesses and buying from them when I can. As a family of 6 with 1 parent working full time, it’s not always doable. Since kids grow out of clothing so fast, I like to keep occasion clothing like this low-price.
USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
Yes, I said it. It is not required to purchase new red white or blue clothing for a 4th of July celebration. Chances are everyone in your family already has one of these 3 colors that they can wear for the holiday! Below is an example from Memorial Day when my kids wore clothes and accessories we already owned to celebrate!
DIY 4TH OF JULY APPAREL
Our plan for this year is to make tie-dye shirts! This option lets us celebrate twice – once while making the shirts and once wearing the shirts. Make it even more fun by adding beads to the shirts and cutting fringe!
- Recommended Tie-dye kit: HERE from Amazon – currently $7.99
- Recommended shirts: Here from Michaels – currently $3.99
EAT RED WHITE & BLUE
This is probably one of my favorite parts of the holiday – the food!! 🙂 To spruce up any 4th of July party I recommend having a featured dish that really represents the holiday. You can use something like my patriotic food flag below or bake a cake and cover it with white frosting and blue sprinkles. Don’t overlook the power of cookies as well!
BEFORE YOU GO
My last bit of advice is to save decorations when possible (and if you have room). I purchase these containers and have a closet dedicated to storing holiday décor. The pom-poms, the star clappers and some not-pictured flags have been with us since my oldest was a baby. We only use them 2-3 times a year and they go back into storage.
ENJOY YOUR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION!