How to Celebrate the Fourth of July On A Budget
All you need to add a festive touch to your patio or deck is paper! All of these easy craft ideas from marthastewart.com require simple craft paper in red, white, and blue.
Star Medallions: The directions call for fabric, but I'm going to try making these from paper. All you need is the paper, scissors and a creasing tool (or a simple butter knife) to create the creases. Click here for instructions.
Star Garland: This one is a little more time-consuming, but if you are hosting a large party and want a lot of decorations, you can't beat the look and price of this one! Click here for instructions.
4th of July Table Setting on a Budget
Fireworks Table Setting: How cute are these! Whether you need party decor for the fourth or not, this would be a fun and adorable craft project for kids! You don't even have to use them as table decor. I can totally see my kids running around the yard with these until it's time to light the real sparklers. Click here for instructions.
Party Supplies: To save money on party supplies, don't buy anything that is specifically for the fourth. Just stick with the solid colors red, white and blue! That way you can just go to the dollar store or Wal-Mart and get paper plates, napkins and table cloths for just a few dollars.
4th of July Food on a Budget
Pretzel Sparklers: These are inexpensive and so easy to make. Click here for the recipe.
Red White & Blue Trifle: For the grown-ups, make a beautiful trifle; layered with pound cake, cream and berries. Click here for a recipe from Food Network. **To save even more money on the recipe, substitute the cream cheese and heavy cream with frozen whipped cream and use frozen berries instead of fresh (you can just use fresh berries to garnish the top layer). The best part about this dessert is you can make it ahead. In fact, it tastes even better if it sits in the fridge overnight!
The main course: Stick with American grilling favorites like burgers and hot dogs. If you have guests to impress, simply provide fancier toppings like chili and cheese for the hot dogs and mushrooms and blue cheese for the burgers. That will take the cost up a bit, but it'll still be a lot cheaper than steak or shrimp.
If you have any great crafts, traditions or dishes to share for the fourth, don't be shy! Add them in the comments.
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