Celebrating 4th of July on a budget

Are you wanting to celebrate 4th of July in style, but on a small budget?
A lot of my inspiration came from a board I created on Pinterest.com. Do you follow me there? Here’s the link to the board: http://pinterest.com/atozebra/4th-of-july-ideas/
I was excited to challenge myself and figure out how to style something that would “WOW” your guests regardless of how much you spent on the party. I think you’ll love these ideas!
I went around my house and gathered all the things I could use to set up my tables. I used a 6-ft table with a white tablecloth. You can find tablecloth at Target for $16.99. I use mine very often. I am not good at sewing, but I can make simple table runners and napkins as you see displayed on the tables. The blue and white stripes fabric is from Goodwill ($.99 cents for all of it). The red and stars table runners cost me about $20 in material, but you will have leftover material for other use.
4th of July on a Budget
Table set-up:
A cake, cupcakes or dessert does not need to be the focal point in the middle of the table. I used my white beverage jar to make it my centerpiece. This jar is from Linens & Things. Do you remember that store? I’ve had the jar for over 8 years!
I wrapped 2 cans of soup with stars scrapbook paper to set the little red jars on top.
4th of July on a Budget
4th of July on a Budget
I decided not to buy desserts such as cookies, cupcakes, or cake pops because it can get very expensive. I bought summer fruit and it was way more affordable. Everyone loves fruit, right?!
4th of July on a Budget
4th of July on a Budget
4th of July on a Budget
I purchased 4 clear star dishes at the Dollar Tree ($4)
The candy scoops are from Walmart ($3) for a pack of 3
I bought a small amount of m&m’s ($5) from here: http://www.sweetiescandyaz.com/
4th of July on a Budget
I bought red and white tootsie rolls ($3) from here: http://www.sweetiescandyaz.com/
I bought 2 bags of “flag” mints at the Dollar Tree ($2)
The little flags are from Target 3 of them for $1
The red jars next to the white beverage jar are from Hobby Lobby. Clearance isle for $1.25 each
4th of July on a Budget
I bought one bag of “red vines” ($1) and wrapped them with flag ribbon I purchased at Hobby Lobby for 90% off last year. It helps to buy things after each holiday. You get the best deal. The patriotic boxes where the beverage jar and flowers are setting on are also from the 90% isle last year.
4th of July on a Budget
4th of July on a Budget
All the mason jars are from Goodwill. I spent $3.50 for all of them.
The patriotic straws inside the jars are from the Dollar Tree ($1)
4th of July on a Budget
The roses in the mason jars are from the Dollar Tree
4th of July on a Budget
I make my own pennant banners with scrapbook paper. If you don’t want to make your own, you can purchase them in my etsy shop at A To Zebra Celebrations.
4th of July on a Budget
Red grapes
Watermelon (cut into stars with a cookie cutter)
I made mini strawberry shortcakes in the clear glass jars
Total spent for fruit: $6.50 (everything was on sale)
The small serving white tray where all the fruit is set up is from Pier1 Imports. It costs $24.99, but I had a $20 gift card. I only paid $4.99 plus tax :)
4th of July on a Budget
Kids table: 
I used my daughters’ old table from IKEA. I put a red Christmas tablecloth I bought at Walmart years ago. I made the little table runner with the stripes fabric from Goodwill.
4th of July on a Budget
I bought paper plates, napkins, and 4 apple juice boxes at the Dollar Tree. Total for this $4. I wrapped each juice box with scrapbook paper. The little pinwheels inside the red jar in the middle of the table are from Michael’s $1.20 with the 40% off coupon.
4th of July on a Budget
4th of July on a Budget
I wrapped the red chairs with the “flag” ribbon from my 90% off purchase at Hobby Lobby last year.
4th of July on a Budget
4th of July on a Budget
All the little tags, signs, and party circles are a FREE download from Paper & Pigtails etsy shop. You can download them here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/5oq3itg8jbfkkcw/July4thPrintables.zip.
4th of July on a Budget
Total for this party was less than $80. However, I didn’t spend this much because I already had many things in hand. This total is for someone that practically has to get everything except the tables. If you are buying tables, then you will go over this amount. I suggest to borrow from friends/family if you need to. Walmart, Goodwill, Target and garage sales are the best places for white dishes.
The stunning pictures are a courtesy of Jamie Lynn Photography. You need to check out her website! She’s so talented. Thank you so much, Jamie!
Are you ready to throw a party? Go download your free printables here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/5oq3itg8jbfkkcw/July4thPrintables.zip


  1. Kristin
    Posted June 23, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Love your party table, especially all of the detail!

  2. Dixie n Dottie
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    This looks lovely! I may copy some of your ideas! :)

  3. Mama Jodi
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Another amazing display! Tons of motivation here!

  4. Cris
    Posted July 6, 2011 at 2:21 am

    Beautiful!You gave me ideas to do my 4th last minute party! Thanks!

  5. Not Just A Mommy!
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Awesomatic job chica! And the fact that you did it on a dime makes it even more fabulous!

  6. Victoria
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    This is gorgeous, I love the watermelon stars and the Twizzler wrappers

  7. Chris @ Celebrations At Home
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    This is beautiful, Nancy!

  8. Cupcakes and Lemonade
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! It's gorgeous!

  9. Jodee
    Posted June 28, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Wow! What a fabulous 4th of July set up! I also love the Dollar Tree!

  10. Patita
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    So beautiful party!! Thank you for this post!!

  11. The OGD Girls
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    It doesn't get better than cute AND affordable!

    Oh, Goodness! Desserts

  12. Dana
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I love this post! Thanks for breaking down all your thrifty details!

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