What makes a party?

Having people over to celebrate the 4th? Well, there are a few things that can transform a "get-together" into a PARTY! Without going over the top to rent dishes or have it catered, here are five easy ways to turn a festive 4th get-together into a party:

1. Invitations

It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that INVITATIONS might be first on our list. There are plenty of {non-custom} stationery companies that make adorable invites for occasions such as a BBQ. {Please note that Paper Moss is more than happy to design custom invitations for your upcoming BBQ, if needed :)}

{We like these from Jack & Ella Paper Press}

2. Signature cocktail

Do it. Go above, go beyond and think of a catchy little name for a signature cocktail! Your guests will LOVE it. If kids are coming, make a signature kid friendly drink for them too. We suggest the Patriotic Margarita or Berry Splash for the kiddos. Seriously- Check. These. Out. :)


3. Extra little touches

Adding little decorative things like center pieces, drink umbrellas or signs for the food can spice things up a lot. Hostess with the Mostess even offers free designs that you can print out at home. Check out their patriotic parasols and party signs like these:


So cute, free and super easy! You could even mount these signs on thick paper or laminate them to give a more polished look!

4. Party favors

Don't you remember diving in to goody bags at birthday parties as a child? Well it might not be quite as fun as when we were five, but still... guests will delight in party favors ESPECIALLY if they involve matches. Guaranteed. The folks over at Twig & Thistle were really on to something when they came up with the template for these sparkler holders:

{You can find the template here}

5. Games

For a 4th of July party, go with a classic yard game like bocce ball. If you don't already have a set, hop over to Pottery Barn and score this sassy one:



Whatever fun plans you have to celebrate independence day, we hope you have a fabulous {and safe} long weekend!