1. Sand Art

This activity is fun for a large range of ages (and can be done with various colors for other holidays or events)! 


Photo from: Dollar Store Crafts

What you'll need:

  • Ziploc sandwich bags sand (sold at the dollar store, salt works too!)
  • Food coloring
  • Jars (one per child)

What to do:

Separate the sand into various bags (each child should have 3). Add the red and blue food coloring to two of the bags and give them to your kids to shake, pull and spread the color around. Once mixed, simply layer the different colors of sand inside the jars!


2. Red, White & Blue Waffles 

Pro tip: adding Greek yogurt to the waffle mix will make them light and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside.


Photo from: Two Peas and Their Pod

What you'll need: 

  • Waffle mix (check out this recipe if you prefer to make them from scratch)  
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries 
  • Whipped cream 

What to do: 

Once your waffle mix is prepared, add blueberries to it. Grease the waffle iron and pour in batter, smoothing it to the edges with a spatula. Once cooked, serve the waffles with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream.


 3. Patriotic Centerpieces 

This festive hack is both easy and inexpensive!

Photo from: Knick of Time

What you'll need: 

  • Red and white flower bouquets 
  • Blue food coloring 
  • Clear Vases

What to do: 

Get a bouqet of red and white flowers and put them in a clear vase. Simply add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water and you'll have the perfect 4th of July centerpiece. You can also stick an American flag in each vase for some extra red, white, and blue.


 4. Festive Sangria 

Make this red, white and blue sangria for adults to enjoy!

Photo from: Pretty my Party

What you'll need:

  • 2 bottles of white wine 
  • 1 cup triple sec (optional)
  • 1/2 cup berry flavored vodka (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup 
  • star-shaped cookie cutter
  • large pitcher

What to do: 

Combine the wine with the triple sec and berry vodka (if you choose) with the lemon juice and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Cut pieces of pineapple into star shapes using either a cookie cutter or a knife. Mix the fruit and liquids together, chill and serve! 


5. Patriotic Lawn Stars

Kids will love spray painting in the backyard for this fun DIY decoration.


Photo from: The Concrete Cottage

What you'll need:

  • Construction paper or pieces of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Red, white & blue construction marking spray paint

What to do:

Cut out a star shape from a piece of cardboard or construction paper. Use construction marking spray paint to avoid ruining your lawn, which you can find it at home depot. Then, simply spray paint over the stencil for fun red white and blue lawn stars. 


 6. American Flag Parfait 

This patriotic desssert is delicious and easy to make.

Photo from: The Food Network

What you'll need:

  • Angel food cake (premade or homemade)
  • 2 small packages of raspberries
  • 2 small packages of blueberries
  • Whipped Creame
  • Large trifle dish (pictured above)

What to do:

Start with a layer of angel food cake at the bottom. Then, layer blueberries, whipped cream, and strawberries on top. Continue to layer until  the parfait reaches the top of the trifle dish. Finish the dessert with strawberries and blueberries arranged on top. This recipe can also be made into individual parfaits, using small mason jars instead of a trifle dish.

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