Tips for a Fun and Frugal 4th of July Picnic

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Tips for a Fun and Frugal 4th of July Picnic
Part of the magic of summer is celebrating Independence Day with family and friends. Hosting a backyard picnic creates something for your kids to look forward to and helps them learn the importance of being patriotic. You can keep it frugal by making it a pot luck and picking up some basic party supplies from the discount store. Here are some tips for a fun and frugal 4th of July picnic.


Make It An Outside Event
Try to keep the traffic into the house down to a minimum to prevent heat from outdoors from warming up the cool indoors. That means you need to plan ahead.
• Put drinks on ice outside in coolers.
• Fire up the barbecue and cook outside instead of inside.
• Keep a box full of necessities under your serving table. It might include extra trash bags and paper plates, a roll of paper towels and some patriotic party favors for your guests.
• Offer plenty of shady seating for your guests, whether it’s a table umbrella or under a tree.

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Tableware Tips
Pick out a combination of red, white and blue cups, plates, tableware and plastic tablecloths. Buying these items in bulk makes the unit price much lower. You can use any leftovers for birthday parties and other picnics. They’re also good for any other patriotic occasions.


Make it a fun and festive atmosphere by decorating your back yard. Hang bunting and crepe paper streamers. A few foil balloons anchored with balloon weights can make it feel more like a party. Bunches of colorful latex balloons on the mailbox and the back gate will help your guests find their way.


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Play Some Games
Kids love games. Keep them low budget by getting back to basics. Try musical chairs, a water balloon toss and some relay races. Use inexpensive party favors from the discount store for prizes.


Have some fun this 4th of July with a family-friendly event. Don’t forget to set aside a moment to ask your guests of all ages to share why they’re happy to live in this wonderful country. You’ll probably get some cute and heartfelt answers.


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  1. I love saving money on events like this whenever I can! Great tips.

  2. some great ideas. my most frugal suggestion is to let someone else host… LOL

  3. Great tips! Ours will be low key! But definitely some outside fun will be had!

  4. Shade is a must! And I agree ^^^^, it’s better to let someone else host LOL

    • Definitely need shade! Our family takes turn hosting big events, so when we do have to host I will be using these tips.

  5. These are great tips! I think my biggest tip is create a budget and stick to it – I”m so bad about just going with the flow and it generally doesn’t end up well:-)

  6. Great tips for a fun evening outside!!! I am all about kicking back and enjoying the cool weather for sure!

  7. Thanks for all the awesome tips. I can’t wait to put them to good use this 4th.

  8. These are great tips. I like being able to have fun and have a party and not break the bank.

  9. Love these tips. Having the event outside makes everything so much easier.

  10. Jennifer Williams says:

    Thank you so much for the tips, I can not believe I completely forgot that the 4th of July was even this weekend. Now to head to the store and grab what I need.

  11. Some amazing ideas just in time for the holiday! We always host a fourth of july gathering so these will be perfect ideas for our party! Thank You!

  12. Great ideas and Tips. I love the dollar store but even then I need to set a budget for a party because you can definitely go to extremes. 🙂

  13. One of my favorite holidays. Thanks for sharing your frugal tips.

  14. Great tips, it doesn’t need to cost a ton to be totally fun! We need to plan another picnic!

  15. Great tips, hopefully I’ll be camping and not have to worry about 4th of july parties this year! LOL

  16. Great tips for a fun 4th of July celebration! I like your suggestion of making it an outdoor event, as it really keeps the mess at bay. As a mom also to 5 kids, I know that having a BBQ and dining outdoors makes clean up so easy.

  17. Wonderful ideas for helping our family celebrate our favorite summer holiday, thanks for putting this one together!

  18. I love the idea of asking your guests to share why they’re happy to live in this wonderful country. Cute idea!

  19. Great ideas! We are having a block party this year, so these will come in handy! thanks

  20. I really like making them outside events! I kind of hate when people track through my house!

  21. Great ideas! Love the cupcakes and decorations!

  22. I love the tip to keep extra necessities under the table. I am going to have to remember that the next time we have people over for a BBQ.

  23. I love to celebrate, but hate the cost that comes along with a party. Great tips for having a fun party on a budget.

  24. Great tips! I am always looking for ways to host on a budget. I love the idea of keeping everyone outdoors. That way there’s less clean up indoors, lol.

  25. I can’t believe it is a week away from the end of June already! I have already been hearing fire crackers being set off in and around my neighborhood (illegally I might add). I stay home on the 4th of July where it is safe! These are very good ideas if you have your own backyard and are planning to celebrate–just be safe!!

  26. Great tips, mine is going to be quiet and peaceful though we will get some fresh air for sure.

  27. Great ideas on how to have a successful fourth of july celebration. I was just wondering today what we were going to do to celebrate the 4th… Thanks for the ideas.

  28. Great tips! We do so many barbeque parties that I feel like I could do it my sleep now.

  29. I love this tips for having a Fourth of July get together on the cheap. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Thanks for these great tips for a wonderful, fun filled 4th of July!

  31. This is a good list. You’re right too, kids do love games, and those are easy to come up with, especially if you’re outside celebrating.

  32. Awesome tips 🙂 I’m desperate for a picnic after reading this!

  33. THanks for the tips. I know my boys would love the balloons!

  34. we probably have a lot of things already at home that we can use to fouth of july

  35. Great tips! I love celebrating holidays, but it can get SO expensive!

  36. A water balloon toss sound fun! Thanks for the great tips!

  37. As a Candian I’ll be celebrating Canada Day instead of 4th of July but your ideas will work for either! I haven’t finalized our holiday plans yet so thanks for the suggestions.

  38. Very good and fun ideas. All for saving money

  39. Great ideas. I cannot wait for the 4th.

  40. These are some great tips. Fortunately I am going to someone else’s 4th of July party this year. 🙂

  41. The fourth of July is the best! I can’t wait to throw a party with these great tips!

  42. Great tips to have fun at bbqs!! I love get togethers for BBQs b

  43. Great tips. If it’s frugal, I am definitely all for it.

  44. These ideas are great!

  45. I love all the inexpensive party decor items at Dollar Tree. It’s a great place to shop for plasticware and other items, too.

  46. Maria Oller says:

    We have a wonderful park a couple of blocks away and there is so many people for 4th of july, a coupe of neighbors are organizing a potluck in the par with games just bring your drinks. They do it every year so I’m lucky ill never have to organize any

  47. I love all of your ideas! Now I just have to come up with some ideas for Canada Day.

  48. 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Thanks for the tips!

  49. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says:

    I love fourth of July. I think this year I am going to have fun with it and decorate our family picnic. Thanks for the ideas!

  50. Great tips. We won’t be doing much this 4th though. We usually have a bbq and the kids just lay around and play in the pool till they get tired.

  51. We probable wont decorate, but we’ll definitely try for a picnic outside. Maybe some flags etc. Hope it wont rain 🙂

    Love your ideas!

  52. These are all great tips! I wish we actually hosted a 4th of July party, but in stead we volunteer, since Matt and I are both volunteer fire fighters 🙂

  53. These are great tips!! 🙂 We always have something small for Canada Day and it always involves BBQ. We do hit up the discount stores for great stuff.

  54. I love celebrating July 4th with my family! Thanks for sharing these fun and kid-friendly ideas.

  55. Great tips! I can’t wait for the 4th of July parties this year. I love BBQing!

  56. We celebrate the 4th big! These are great ideas! Thank you for sharing

  57. great tips! I too love to save money and love that dollar tree has inexpensive decorations and other goodies. We haven’t made plans yet for our 4th. love these ideas!

  58. These sound like great tips!! I’m still not sure what we are doing for the 4th of July!

  59. Great tips! you have amazing ideas for an amazing party! Hope you have a lovely 4th of July!

  60. the one bit of advice I would give is to make sure to keep to your budget and only spend when needed.

  61. Saving to use these tips later. Thanks for the ideas!

  62. Great money savings tips on a picnic and perfect timing with the 4th just right around the corner. I am all about frugal and love going to Dollar Tree to get my decorations!

  63. Therse are great party tips, period.the fourth of July is a great time to stop and enjoy family and teh outdoors.

  64. Oh my goodness, when I saw your post I was just about to suggest visiting Dollar Tree for fun, cheap decorations! And you totally got it! LOL! We love Dollar Tree! Just loaded up for the boys’ birthday party!

  65. Fun and frugal sounds good to me! We try to just go mellow on 4th of July because it gets so crazy where we live.

  66. I forgot shade for my daughter’s last b-day party. So important!

  67. Great tips!! Love dollar stores for saving money on party decor!

  68. Thank you so much for these wonderful tips. We will be heading outdoors for our 4th and I will keep these in mind!

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