Nautical Red, White, + Blue July 4th Party!

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Nautical July 4th Party

July 4th is right around the corner so get ready for some RED, WHITE, + BLUE inspiration! We added a nautical twist to this July 4th party. From nautical bottles and ship details, this patriotic party will show you lots of fun ideas for throwing neighborhood parties, barbecues, and more for this summer holiday! So sit back and enjoy some JULY 4th PARTY DETAILS...

PLUS – read how you can win a gift card to TJMAXX/HOMEGOODS to buy fun party props!

july 4th apple pie

Add a little PIZZAZZ to a delicious apple pie with patriotic details. Head to your craft store for fun red, white, + blue ribbon and other fun crafts to place into pies and other sweet treats.

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Kick boring red glasses up a notch with fun nautical and patriotic stickers! Easy to remove, they turn simple glasses into July 4th drinkware in a flash! Also, add a few nautical pillows and red + blue pillows to create a patriotic atmosphere in your backyard! We found ours at HomeGoods!

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Visit your local fabric store for your tablecloth! We found a simple blue + white stripe that we will be able to use for lots of other parties too. A simple $1 patriotic bunting banner found at Target added the perfect table decoration!

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july 4th dessert skewers


Serving fresh fruit is a must for any summer party but kick it up a notch by placing raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries on wooden skewers along with a few sweet treats like these simple yogurt covered pretzels and mini golden cakes. All of these sweet items were found at our local grocery store and took only seconds to thread on the skewers. Almost instantly we had a sweet treat display for the party!

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nautical soda bottles

july 4th pepper food

Slice red bell peppers and hollow out the seeds to make the perfect container for dips like guacamole or spinach artichoke spread. Serve along with fresh crackers and veggies for a delicious + savory treat!

july 4th apple pie

july 4th hot dogs

Thousands of patriotic parties include grilled hot dogs + hamburgers so add a patriotic touch with fun craft supplies! We used simple fabric + paper to create sailboat shapes on wooden skewers. After adoring with patterned ribbon, they were placed in the hot dogs for a fun decoration!

july 4th nautical decorations

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july 4th cupcakes

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A simple nautical decoration made the perfect holder for cupcakes, doughnuts, and berries! Cake stands aren’t the only holder for cupcakes so take a look around for fun themed props at your local stores or HomeGoods!

We hope you found LOTS of party inspiration! We found lots of these props + decorations at TJ Maxx + Homegoods. We want to give YOU a chance to shop for fun props so we’re giving away a $25 gift card to TJMaxx!

“Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to put away the fine china and get outdoors to entertain this spring and summer. However, being the hostess with the mostess can get pretty pricey. At T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, we get our current season inventory direct from designers and high-end retail stores. That means fabulous designer finds at a price you can’t refuse. We call it “The Thrill of the Find” — finding that coveted, “it” item of the season at a great, affordable price. While T.J.Maxx and Marshalls are typically thought of as fashion brands, they’ve built out their housewares department into a division called HomeGoods, changing the way people shop for their home décor and entertaining supplies. From cookware to gourmet foods to outdoor accessories, the ever-changing eclectic array of home fashions makes it more affordable to put on a killer party.”


LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW letting us know what type of summer party YOU would like to host + you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift card to TJMaxx! Deadline to enter is 6/25/11. Winner will be announced 6/26/11.


Styling + Design: Phronsie + Courtney Dial of Pizzazzerie
Photography: Courtney Dial

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  1. I would love to host a luau! We finally have a pretty backyard, that is big enough to hold plenty of guests. We’re new to our neighborhood, so a luau would be a fun way to meet more of the neighbors.

  2. A garden party would be beautiful and a way to host all your flowers as the centerpieces!!

  3. You have completely inspired me to want to do a 4th of July party! You have posted some of the cutest ideas!

  4. I just got done with the kids big joint party, so I will probibly take a month off but I would REALLY like to host an ice cream social for the neighborhood just for fun!

  5. This is so cute! So many great ideas for a 4th of July party. I love the sweet treats!
    We’re having a 4th of July party at the lake this year and I would love to try some of these out!

  6. Kaci Fleming says:

    I plan on throwing a Nautical themed first birthday for my son and theses ideas are the perfect inspiration I need!

  7. LeAndra Coe says:

    I saw your Summer Stripes contest as well and was trying to come up with something creative… I’m going to do a “Release Party” this summer for my kids. We got tadpoles for my sons (6 and 2) and caterpillars for my daughter (4) and and once they become frogs and butterflies we will have party to release… Going to miss the deadline for Stripes but thanks for getting my creative mind working ;) A gift card would be great to find that “IT” piece for it ;)

  8. April Walker says:

    I am throwing a Nautical themed birthday for my son…this is great for ideas…thanks!

  9. Joanne Horen says:

    Would love to have a “looking back to the ‘good ‘ol days” party complete with pie (whipped cream) throwing, pin the tail on the donkey, an obstacle course, clothespins in a bottle, pogo sticks, making paper airplanes, etc. Don’t know who would have more fun … the adults or the kiddos!

  10. I would love to throw a boyish party for my soon to be 1 year old this summer. I have two girls and can’t wait to get to work

  11. Colleen Sauter says:

    I would love to throw a poolside dance party this summer!!! Love TJMAXX/Homegoods…such inspiration!

  12. Erin Dickson says:

    I would love to have a “Minute It To Win IT” party for my friends and their kids. Each family would be a team. My children love the TV show and often make up their own games. I love to hear my two year old say “You have a minute to win it” and give us a thumbs up!

  13. I am hosting a big summer bbq in August and would love to do it in a country picnic theme!

  14. Well now I think I’d like to host a 4th of July BBQ! I love the hollowed out pepper (I always do that!) and those delicious and adorable dessert skewers! You girls know whats up!

  15. Thanks for so many creative ideas! I would like to invite friends to an “Eat Dessert First” party…and do just that…eat dessert first!

  16. I so wish when my daughter grows up we’ll be like “Courtney and Phronsie”!! :)
    SUPERB as always my friends!!

  17. I am hosting a 4th of July BBQ Bash… these ideas are super cute! They will make the day extra special!

  18. If it’s fourth of July it has to be a BBQ party with lots of fun, themed finger foods and a TON of sugary confections. Station it all by the lake and it couldn’t possibly be anything but a patriotic success.

  19. Debbie Lerew says:

    We are having a big family gathering on the 4th. I love these ideas, especially the dessert skewers. Great ideas as always. I just love your blog

  20. I LOVE to host patriotic parties, but can’t wait until NEXT year when the party will hold extra special meaning– my brother in the Army will be coming home from Afghanistan next summer. I’m stocking up on patriotic supplies in anticipation of the greatest patriotic party EVER!

  21. I would love to host a meat-a-palooza party for men! Hysterical!
    LOVE the hot dog boats! How clever!

  22. We have a lot of birthdays around here this summer!

  23. Mainly just 4th of July parties! I like your ideas! Thanks!

  24. I am attempting to throw my daughter a 1st birthday party with a vintage circus theme–I got the idea from this website, thanks!!!!

  25. 4th of July is one of my favorite family cook out’s each year!!!!

  26. LOVE this! The Sailboat Hot Dogs are adorable!!! I fully support anything that encourages playing with your food – LOL! Another amazing spread ;)

  27. These are great inspirational pics for my summer party!
    I want to host a 4th of July bash this summer = swimming, food, fireworks, and outdoor movie under the stars.
    I also want to host an end of the summer swim party in September! I love the nautical elements in this post – may use that ‘theme’ for the end of the summer party!

  28. I LOVE this party!!! Everything is so perfect! My favorite is the sail boat hotdogs!!! But then hot dogs are my fav food! lol

    I would love to host a red, black and white party for my teen son’s 16th birthday. With red being the color used the most and lots of black and white photos of him growing up. His favorite color has always been red.

  29. I would like to have a Star Wars party for my boys. One has a bday in July and the other in August so we usually have a joint party in between. They are huge fans of anything Starwars.

  30. I’d like to throw a family BBQ for the 4th! Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. Meredith Metzger says:

    Loved the Hot Dog “Boats”

  32. Everything is beautiful, love the stars added to the pie! I would love to host a summer party for our children and their friends, just a great reason to get together!

  33. Victoria Keller says:

    I love the Red, White and Blue theme!! I would love to host a 73rd birthday party for my Dad. My brother will be able to come home that week for a short visit from his tour in Iraq; that will be my Dad’s surprise gift from all of us!

  34. I am throwing a mexican Fiesta for my son’s 20th in August and I LOVE Homegoods, so this would be awesome to win!!!
    LOVE the party Courtney, esp the sails… so cute!!!!

  35. I would LOVE to use parts of this nautical themed party for a summer get together up at the Lake Tahoe.

  36. Emilie Ritchie says:

    Every 4th of July famy and friends cone to our house for great food, drinks and the parade that goes rightby our house. Everyone gathers to watch the kids collect candy and watch all the people in the parade. We usually have decorations outside but it would be nice to carry the theme inside. These look like wonderful ideas. Can’t wait to give them a try!!

  37. I LOVE the hot dog boats!! So cute!! I always feel the need for the typical beach inspired, Jimmy Buffett feel kind of summer party! Nothing beats it and it never goes out of style :D

  38. Before summer ends my youngest will turn one so I will be hosting a first birthday party! I’ve already started planning for a green & brown turtle party. His big brother gave him a stuffed turtle right after he was born and has slept with it, for the most part, since he was born. I simply LOVE Homegoods and would love shopping there for just the right piece for my sons special day!

  39. Such cute ideas! I am longing for a bright, sunny day, to throw a pool party/sprinkler party in the back yard this summer!

  40. 4th of July is an annual party a our home! I love to decorate with all the festive red, white and blue findings!!

  41. I will be throwing my son a 3rd birthday party.

  42. love the nautical themed party! lots of great inspiration here… i have a nautical themed wedding inspirational shoot this sunday… there are going to be lots of pretty flowers, sailboats and watermelon!

  43. I am loving this Nautical party! My son’s birthday is in a few weeks and we are moving shortly after, so I have been envisioning throwing him a nautical “bon voyage” birthday party.

  44. Cat chase says:

    Red white and blue themes are honestly not at the top of my favorite theme list, but my brother is in the marine corp and soon to leave for training far away, so I was hoping to throw him a patriotic going away party so this all gave me such inspiration!

  45. Lauren Garrett says:

    I would love to host a wine night with my friends and family! Also, I love all of the great 4th of July party ideas!!

  46. I’d love to host a pink flamingo themed party. How can you go wrong with a pink bird that has funny knees?!

  47. Debbie woods says:

    My oldest daughter is turning 4 this Aug and we want to have a pool party for her. Her chosen theme changes daily, so I’m just thinking about doing a monkeys and balloons theme. It perfectly fits her fun personality!! I LOVE Homegoods and TJMaxx!!

  48. barb giglio says:

    i would love to host a “Christmas in July” party!! i install Christmas for about 20 clients each year (and growing), this past year and a half i’ve added catering and custom baking to my services! i love creating custom anything Christmas and would love to make a summer party of it!! i just want to say i really enjoy your blog, it’s always so beautiful and inspiring! blessings, :) barb

  49. I plan to host an Empty Nesters Party the first part of September as I send my youngest off to college for the 1st time Labor Day weekend!!!

  50. I’ll be throwing a Mr. Happy (of the Mr. Men books) for my 1 year old soon.
    FYI – The words “Mr. Happy Party” should NEVER be Googled on your work computer!

  51. A 4th of July party at the lake… The guests are invited for the weekend… now I just need some ideas!

  52. I love all your July 4th ideas! I would love to throw a “Happy Hour” cocktail party
    with all the 4th of July decorations. I also have been thinking of having a “pink flamigo” party! All things pink or flamigo related! Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. I LOVE this cute July 4th idea!! My friend is having a 40th Birthday soon. I want to throw her the BEST one ever!!! I was thinking of a Morrocan theme for her party. Flowing sheers, floating candles in the pool, TONS of Morrocan lamps, pillows and flowers. The food would be Morrocan and I would love to hire a Henna Artist just for fun. My dream colors would be orange, turquoise and magenta. Who says you can’t dream big?!?! :)

  54. Teresa Hemsworth says:

    I have been wanting to have a smores and cocktails party!

  55. I would love to throw a good ‘ole back yrad bbq style party. Those seem to be the most fun and relaxing parties to me. Plus the possibilities are endless.

  56. Home Goods is my favorite store and is a great way to find fun props for parties and celebrations. I am hosting a Ladies Nite Out here in a couple of weeks and will have fun using some of the beautiful serving pieces and dishes that I bought there to serve all of those chocolate desserts in!

  57. This set up is adorable. Love the dessert skewers. I’m ready to host a summer party, this year I’m thinking vintage/retro summer bash!

  58. I would like to host a “Dog Days of Summer” party — featuring doggie decor and treats, and everyone can bring their pooches to the party (:

  59. I would love to host a dinner in the garden party … Lots of candles and flowers to enjoy a beautiful summer night with friends!

  60. I SO want to host a 4th of July party! I’m feeling exceptionally patriotic this year!

  61. We’re having to sell our grand old home of 26 years…sad to see this time come. To help shoo away the wistful and bittersweet feelings, I would love to throw a big old good-bye party for this wonderful home that has been ours through a lot of thick and thin. I can’t imagine anything more fantastic than inviting people who have helped us work on this home through the years, those who have loved it like we have and those whose friendships mean so much and who we will miss.

  62. My hubby’s bday is July 5th so the excitement usually gets pushed out by 4th of July activities. I am in the midst of throwing him a party and trying to make it not overly patriotic so it still feels like his bday but so at the same time we can celebrate the 4th too! Kind of tricky! I LOVE the hotdog sailboats! Too cute.

  63. I would love to do a a huge deserrt decorating party for my daughters and their friends – they are 5 and 3. What a hoot that would be! Messy too.

  64. Love to have an outdoor dinner party–filled with friends, family and good food.

  65. definitely a July 4th celebration with family & friends

  66. My best friend is coming into town July 4th with their new baby, so I would love to throw them a welcome to being parents/4th of July PARTY!!

  67. After reading this post, I am so inspired and would love to host a 4th of July party!

  68. I would love to throw my sister a coral and turquoise beach themed birthday party this summer! I was inspired by an entire oceananic/nautical aisle I saw at HomeGoods!

  69. I would like to host a tropical luau on our back patio, and get the grill fired up!

  70. I’d love to host a grill-out around the campfire this summer.

  71. I really want to throw “a day at the beach” themed party. We really do not have beaches that we can swim at near by so this would give the kids a taste of the beach without the 5 hour drive.

  72. I would love to host a s’more party! WIth a make- it- yourself s’more bar with tons of toppings!

  73. I’m actually working on a Nautical baby shower for the end of July. So this has been a great inspiration. Hope to win!

  74. I’m throwing a nautical-themed wedding shower for my future sister-in-law. Love how I can use some of the same colors as a 4th of July party!

  75. I’d love to host actually a fourth of July party! We’re going to have a first ever two family gathering at Hatteras, NC over the Fourth of July and a party should be in the works for sure! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  76. When we first moved back to Cincinnati we had a 4th picnic for a couple years. Then I got sick and we have missed a few years. I would love to have a big bash, pulling out all the stops. Hey, if I win, you are invited!!

  77. Kay Schoellhorn says:

    I would give a 4th of July party just because I have looked at this table. It has the best idea’s I have ever seen. I am a caterer and am always looking for cute ideas.

  78. I would love to host a 4th of July party…… Or just a fun bar-b-que / pool party

  79. What fun ideas!! I especially love how you turned the hot dogs into sailboats! We already hosted a surprise retirement party for my mom last week, but I would love to host another family gathering/party for 4th of July. And I LOVE Marshalls and TJ Maxx for great party finds, I think most of my serving pieces are from there, great prices and beautiful pieces!!

  80. Jana Champ says:

    My next planned event will a “Moose and Zee” 1st birthday party for my granddaughter by the pool, but you can bet I’m tucking away many of these red, white and blue ideas for the Labor Day Bash I’m hosting in September. One can never have too many of your inspirational ideas. I love them all!

  81. LOVE the sails and hot dog boats! This makes me wish I were the one hosting something. Happy 4th!

  82. Very Fun ideas for a 4th of July Party!!! I would love to host a party for any and every occasion!

  83. Karen Spears -my brother is Ronald Mullins says:

    I would host a family reunion party at the lake for my family. My brother had a stroke four years ago and has had to miss but this year we’re going to make it happen!!! He will turn 60 this year and we are blessed to still have him. He would love the patriotic theme because he was in the AIR FORCE. I’ve been collecting flags and numerous red, white, and blue ideas.

  84. Kim Burns says:

    Where did you find those cute little ship wheels that were tied to the punch bottles? Too cute.

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