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Patriotic Essentials for Hosting a Fourth of July Party

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The whole gang is coming and you want your Fourth of July party to reflect the spirit of Independence Day! 87% of Americans spend more per month on socializing during the summer compared to other times of the year, according to a Wakefield Research survey for Capital One. But there’s no need for you to break the bank. We’ve found 10 patriotic must-haves that are as affordable as they are festive.

Throwing a party for July 4th? These hostess tips and party essentials are perfect for hosting a patriotic themed party for Independence Day! #fourthofjuly #fourthofjulyparty #partyideas #patriotic #redwhiteandblue #patrioticparty #americanflag #partydecor #backyardparty #summerparty #summerpartydecor

Tipsy Elves American Flag Polo Shirt ($15)

July 4th

Greet your guests in patriotic style! This machine washable polo is emblazoned with stars and stripes. It looks great on both men and women and is available in sizes small through XXL.

American Flag Patriotic Paper Tableware Set ($25)

This set of plates, napkins, and cups serves 25 and is perfectly patriotic!

Fourth of July Red, White and Blue Cutlery Set ($14)

With 48 spoons, forks and knives, you’ll have plenty for everyone.

Utensil Caddy ($18)

How cute is this “food, family, friends” caddy? Ideal for the 4th or for patio parties all year ’round.

Red and White Salt & Pepper Shakers ($10)

These red and white nesting salt and pepper shakers are perfect for the occasion, or for casual entertaining any time.

Patriotic Inflatable Buffet Cooler ($14)

Keep foods cool with this handy inflatable tabletop cooler.

Coleman 40-Quart Wheeled Cooler ($35 and up)

Available in red or blue, this cooler will keep drinks chilled for hours. It has wheels, which will come in handy for your next tailgate or picnic in the park.

Metal 24-Inch Bar Stools, Set of 4 ($129 and up)

Available in blue, white, red and a slew of other colors, these stools will provide stylish seating for your guests.

July 4th Patriotic-Themed American Flag Fans ($9/dozen)

Your guests can ward off the summer heat with these festive fans.

Mosquito Repellant Bracelets ($20 for 20)

Bugs can be a problem when we’re celebrating outside in the summer. Rather than dousing everyone with smelly bug spray, offer these wearable repellant bands your guests. They are available in red, white and blue and are DEET and toxin-free.

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