Cheap but Chic: Fun and Festive July 4th Food and Decorations


Looking to create a fun and festive Fourth of July celebration on a tight budget with minimal directions? We here at “Cheap but Chic” have gathered some decorations, drinks, and food recipes that will impress your guests with minimal cost and simple step by step directions.

Sand Art

Even if you cannot “hit the beach” this holiday, you can bring the sand to this impressive  sand art decoration.  


  1. Sand
  2. Food coloring (blue & red)
  3. Two Ziploc bags
  4. Glass Jar (with lid)


  1. First, pour ⅛ a cup of sand into the ziploc bag and add blue food coloring. 
  2. Once mixed, add the blue sand into the glass jar. 
  3. Add the already white sand (⅛ cup) on top of the blue sand in the glass jar. 
  4. Repeat the same step as #1, but dye the sand (⅛ cup of sand) with red food coloring. 
  5. Add the red sand on top of the white sand. 
  6. Put the top on the jar. 
  7. Presto! You’re done!

Red, White, & Blue Flowers

Who knew you could transform white flowers into a red, white, and blue and then create this patriotic decoration. Well.. we did!


  1. (Real) White daisies or chrysanthemums
  2. Red & blue food coloring
  3. 2 or more cups
  4. Chopping board
  5. Knife


  1. Pour around one or two inches of water in two cups.
  2. Add blue food coloring in one cup, and red food coloring in another cup. 
  3. Grab one of your flowers. Then, using your knife, cut the stem in half, lengthwise. When you have done that, there should be around 1 or 2 inches of solid stem from the cut to the flower head. 
  4. Place the two cups of red and blue water next to each other. 
  5. Next, place one of your flower’s stems in the blue water cup, and one in the red water cup. Be confident that the stem ends are doused in the colored water. 
  6. Wait for the stems to start to absorb the colored water. Keep them in the water until you are happy with you patriotic, dyed flowers.
  7. Presto! You’re done!

Pom Pom Flag Art

Looking for something for the siblings to contribute to the party? Pom pom crafts have never been more fun! Doing this craft won’t only entertain younger kids, but it will also be a great craft to hang on their wall. 

Materials :

  1. Pom Poms
  2. Red, white, and blue paint.
  3. White paper
  4. Three clothespins


  1. Put a pom pom on one of the clothespins. Then, dip the attached pom pom in some blue paint.
  2. Start to paint the American flag on the paper. Make a rectangle using the blue paint on the top left corner by dabbing blue paint.
  3. After that, attach another pom pom onto a clothesline. Dip the attached pom pom in some white paint and dab white dots onto the blue rectangle. 
  4. Attach another pom pom onto red paint again. Then, make red lines (not touching the blue rectangle) by dabbing the red paint (following the American flag pattern). 
  5. Let your masterpiece dry.
  6. Presto! You’re done! 


So you have “set the scene” and ready to party! “Let the Games Begin” with these tried but truly fun activities.

Bag Photos

Potato Sack Race

This classic party game is fun for all ages! First, find a few potato sacks. Then, distribute the sacks, (one per player). Step both feet into the sack, line up, then race to the finish line, hopping as fast as you can! Source:

WOW Waterslide

Cool yourself by sliding on a long raft of water! You could slide down for fun, or race with a friend! Adding to that, sprinklers from the side spray you as you slide down!

Patriotic Cornhole

Ahhh, another classic! This game comes with bean bags and the cornhole boards, but adds a pop of patriotic color! Each player throws a beanbag trying to land it into the hole, and the most beanbags through, the more points

you get! The player with the most points wins the game! Credits-

Now that you and your guests have worked up a sweat and an appetite, time to surprise them with these refreshing selections.


Raspberry Limeade Slushies


1 lb. frozen raspberries

2 c. ice

1/2 c. plus 2 tbsp. (1/2 12 oz. can) frozen limeade

1 c. water

club soda


  • In a blender, pulse frozen raspberries and ice with frozen limeade and water until everything is fully incorporated and relatively smooth.
  • Divide among glasses and top with a splash of club soda; garnish with additional fruit.


These delicious and creative looking cookies are going to make your fourth of July party a one to remember!


  • YIELD: 2 dozen cookies


  • 240 g white fondant
  • 120 g red fondant
  • 120 g blue fondant
  • 1 log Pillsbury sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting (store bought or homemade)
  • assorted cookie cutters


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove sugar cookie dough from packaging and place into a large bowl.
  3. Add 1/2 cup flour to the large bowl and mix the dough and flour together with your hands until it is completely combined.
  4. Place dough onto a clean work surface and roll to about 1/4″ thickness.
  5. Use your cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes.
  6. Place cookies on a non stick baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 7-9 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove and set aside to cool.
  8. Prepare marble fondant according to the instructions in the photos above. When you cut your fondant into shapes, make sure you cut the same size and number of pieces as the cookies that you’ve just baked!
  9. Spread a small amount of frosting on the tops of the sugar cookies. Place the fondant piece on top of the frosting and press lightly to stick. 
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch

In this case, I used a cran-cherry juice (red), a kid-friendly piña colada drink (white), and a blue raspberry drink (blue). You can see that our red & white mixed just a bit (their sugar contents only differed by 3g). However, it actually did look more white in real life than the picture shows!

To get the layered effect, you’ll need to do a few things:

  1. Start by filling the glass about 1/4 of the way up with the drink with the highest sugar content per serving (red in this case).
  2. Then, fill the cup FULL with ice.
  3. Pour the drink with the next highest sugar content (white in this case) very slowly over the ice. You’ll use the ice as a sort of buffer – pouring directly on to the ice with a very slow pour (small amount). If you just pour a whole bunch in quickly, the colors will combine.
  4. Repeat with the last layer (blue in this case)
  5. Snip the ends off of a Twizzlers candy and place in the drink for a straw. For some added fun, you could take some of the red, white, and blue Twizzlers PULL ‘N’ PEEL candy to add a little edible bow or tie to your straw.

We hope that you enjoy a safe and festive holiday!