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4th of July party foodsIt's the mid-summer celebration everyone's been waiting for!

Besides 4th of July fireworks, parades and festivities, the holiday usually centers around the family - and that means plenty of food and barbecue!

If you're inviting a crowd, make sure you send out the invitiations early to avoid disappoint durinng prime travel time when folks are away on summer vacation.

When you've the guest list together, purchase invitations at the store or make them yourself using fun 4th of July clipart.

Add a catchy headline such as "Come FOURTH and party" or "Sparks will fly on the Fourth of July!" and be sure you add the all-important where-and-when, as well as RSVP details.

4th of July party food and fun

On party day, before everyone arrives, decorate with flags, banners and balloons in patriotic red, white, and blue. Homemade 4th of July craft projects can also serve as decorations, or wait until the party is in full swing so that everybody can participate in a fun 4th of July party activity.

Fourth of July party food? It couldn't be easier: simply fire up the grill to serve your favorite backyard barbecue specialties. Also have plenty of cold drinks on hand (alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and don't forget the homemade lemonade - clearly marked in outdoor coolers so guests can help themselves.)

4th of July Best Bet: arrange a buffet table spread so guests can help themselves.

4th of July desserts can be easy as fresh watermelon slices -- or vanilla ice cream with fresh seasonal fruit like blueberries and strawberries -- to go with the red-white-and-blue party theme.

Keep the party rockin' with summer or patriotic-themed music, or point your tablet or laptop browser to YouTube to find a 4th of July music playlist for a sing-along of popular favorites.

When the party's over, send your guests home with goodie bags filled with red, white and blue jellybeans, lollipops, and miniature American flags.

Have fun!

More 4th of July party ideas around the Web:

Make fun a big part of the menu this holiday with the help of online resources bursting with great ideas, tips and advice on cooking up a memorable Independence Day get-together, backyard party or family picnic...

Teri's Kitchen - Menu and Recipes for Independence Day - A great plan-ahead menu, with most of the work done the day before, including tips, advice and complete recipes for barbecued baby back ribs, sides and desserts.

4th of July Margaritas - In layers of red, white and blue for that festive touch with complete ingredients and instructions.

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