Outdoor Entertaining for the 4th of July

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is quickly approaching. As I pulled together ideas for this year’s celebration, I looked for details that would be both festive and unfussy, while also easily blending into my summer décor. Dual purpose is the name of the game!

Outdoor Décor

Outdoor potted plantsFor my décor, I used plants potted in blue stoneware from Lowe’s. It is filled with geraniums, while the terra cotta pot is filled with red begonias, and the big blue resin planter is filled with basil and lavender. Great for decorating and cooking!

Outdoor Entertaining for the 4th of July by Jen LutzI also used hints of red and blue – red print throws from Target and eucalyptus wreaths from TJ Maxx that I decorated with navy and white ribbons from Michaels. I found a navy outdoor table from the clearance at Target, and used red and white checked paper table covering, which I got on sale at Pottery Barn. I also used a blue and navy table runner from World Market.

Drink station for the 4th of July by Jen LutzI repainted a rusting antique medical cabinet (How do I love Rust-oleum? Let me count the ways!) and put it on our back porch stoop — it’s a great place to set up a drink station. I also placed an indoor/outdoor galvanized clock from Target above the cabinet for a rustic look. I then filled in gaps with lanterns, plants, flags, and other festive 4th of July décor.

Outdoor Entertaining for the 4th of July
Outdoor Entertaining for the 4th of July

Food and Family

We love hosting friends and family, but one of my goals with planning is to have delicious, easy-to-throw-together food. It’s a ton of work to get a house and food together for company, and if it’s super complicated and stressful, I’m more likely to say forget it. I also want my husband and kids to enjoy the company and not to resent a crazy, stressed out wife and mom.

Burgers and Ice Cream for the 4th of July by Jen LutzThis year, I decided that simplicity is good. Burgers, chips, watermelon, and novelty ice cream are on the menu. I found cute burger baskets and liners at World Market. Super easy to clean up after. Just toss the liners and wipe out the baskets. Easy peasy! Then there’s lemonade and water for drinks. Lastly, I always welcome side dishes and drinks if guests would like to contribute.

Ice Cream Sandwiches with Sprinkles by Jen LutzFood is always part of the décor. For dessert, I rolled ice cream sandwiches in colorful sprinkles. I used gingham acrylic plates and platters from my local Kroger and galvanized serving trays that I collected from Walmart over the years.

What are your plans for the 4th? We’d love to hear about your ideas and preparations. Happy 4th of July, everyone!