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The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I grew up with a very patriotic family, and around the age of 12 we started throwing annual 4th of July parties at our house. For a while, we lived on a public golf course, and every 4th of July the golf course would close around 4pm and would turn into a park. After 30min-1hr after the golf course closed there would be people all over with their lawn chairs, picnics, footballs and more, ready to celebrate until fireworks that night.

Yes, I am that person that puts flags out all over the yard, wears blue eyeshadow and bright red lips with Americana tattoos all over on the 4th of July. Give me all the red white and blue, put some glowsticks on me, and hand me a hot-dog!

So naturally, I had to create a patriotic party in the backyard to help get us in the mood for a party! My centerpiece is my sprinkle geode cake topped with red, white and gold rock candy. It may look over the top (it totally is), but I promise you it’s simple to do, and you can totally make one yourself! I give you all the instructions and recipes here. *pst* the recipe is a modified box cake mix!




So you know, I am on a budget, and I truly believe that anyone can throw a party together without breaking the bank.

Here are my tips for decorating a party on a budget:



For this party, I asked my mom to make a cocktail! She brought a Sparkling Strawberry Sangria that you will definitely want to mix up for your party. Head to her blog here to get the recipe. It was light and refreshing, the perfect drink for a hot summer day. Plus, it’s white! So if someone spills it’s easy to clean up.

My #1 trick when it comes to parties:



So, get creative, and have fun with it! I know that you can throw an amazing party. Bake this delicious cake with my easy tutorial that will wow your guests – and use it as a centerpiece as I did! Throw in a fabulous cocktail like this Sparkling Strawberry Sangria recipe my mom made, and your on a roll.

Will you be using any of these tips for your next party? What do you want a tutorial or recipe for? If you loved this post, I would love it if you shared it on Pinterest using the image below!


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  1. 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday too.
    I love the way my home feels when it’s decorated with a patriotic flare.
    I love these budget friendly ideas and am going to make the balloon garland this weekend!

  2. Great tips! I recently started assigning everyone a task or something to bring. It took the pressure off of me, and make it more of a group effort. Love the Geode cake! How fun!

    1. YAY! So glad to hear it. I feel like everyone is always a little more invested when they bring something too.

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