As Independence Day looms, we’re thinking about picnics, parties, and cookouts. Even in the heat, we all want to be outside. With that in mind, we’ve gathered a roundup of some fun ideas for getting your Fourth on and entertaining your way though the back end of summer.

 

Ice cream social table

Combine your love of vintage with everyone’s favorite dessert by hosting a classic ice cream social in your yard.

 

Fiesta party buffet table and decorations

Host a festive party with these easy table setting and decorating ideas that celebrate the flavors and folks of Mexico.

 

Retro party setup

Or take Fiesta dinnerware as your inspiration and party like it’s 1938 with furniture, accessories, and linens as colorful as the classic dinnerware.

 

Summer patio party eating table for brat fest

Make your outdoor entertaining as enjoyable for the hostess as it is for her guests with this easy-to-prepare and simple-to-serve brat bar.

 

Shaved Ice with syrup

Finish things off and recapture your childhood while giving it a grownup twist with our shaved ice cocktail recipes.

Our Brewfest

Give your favorite brew its due by hosting a beer bash focusing on regional craft beers. Throw a casual beer bash and explore the wide world of craft beers, relish beer-and-food pairings and compare notes on your favorite flavors.

 

movie night seating and projector

Finish the day with a bang and bring back the pleasure of a night at the drive-in theater with a backyard film festival under the stars.

 

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