Sweet 4th of July Party

I’m a Texan at heart and Texas girls like themselves a themed party. And really, what’s a better theme than 4th of July?

Really, you can make most things fit in to the red, white and blue mold…

And desserts are the most adaptable, don’t you think?

What I have done with my 4th of July themed table is not only keep it sweet and festive…but also I’ve made it on a dime. Which saves more money for shoes. That’s really what we’re all after, right?

Let me walk you through the easiest dessert table of all time. That might be an overstatement, but you catch my drift, right?

Does anyone say catch my drift anymore?

Annywayyy…let’s do this thing.

I used my Memorial Day bunting for a table cover, but you could simply use a red, white or blue tablecloth…or hey, all three would look cute, too! A trick to keeping your dessert table looking neat is to use all solid plates—white preferably—but in this case, red or blue would be great.

To add height to flat plates you can stack books, or a shoe box, under the table cloth to add height variation.

I’ll walk you through my table…

I got an eensy bit crafty and made two mini doughnut towers.

And trust me, when I say crafty, I mean a first grader would not have any trouble putting this together. These towers are so basic they can be put together in five minute, tops.

1. I used a styrofoam cup, two straws, a patriotic napkin and some tinsel that I had in my basement.

2. I stuck the two straws together to make them a little bit longer, but then trimmed off about four inches because I didn’t want the weight of the doughnuts to bend the straws.

3. I turned the cup upside down and placed the napkin over the cup.

4. I poked a small hole in the napkin and cup with a pair of scissors.

5. I gently pushed the straw through the hole in the cup.

6. I threaded the doughnuts through the straw and used the tinsel for decoration at the top. That’s it!

To make it a touch more decorative I tied some curling ribbon around the bottom to hold the napkin into place.

The rest of the table has some easy-to-make or -buy goodies…

Cupcakes, brownies and strawberries are easily adapted into the Patriotic theme…

And how about these krispie treats?

I tinted the melted marshmallow blue and used some red and white sprinkles on top.

So easy.

Also, blueberries and strawberries mixed with some vanilla yogurt is a healthier alternative to all the sugary goodness!

I had so many ideas for this table, but I ran out of space!

You could include ice pops, sugar cookies, fudge, watermelon…the ideas are endless.

My favorite part of the table has to be the Patriotic Punch

It’s so easy to make and super refreshing…



Patriotic Punch


  • Cranberry Juice
  • Dark Blue Sports Drink
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Cubed Ice


  1. Fill glasses with ice and carefully layer the juices, starting with blue sports drink, then the cranberry juice and, finally, the lemon-lime soda, in three equal portions.

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Now it’s your turn: Invite a dozen friends over and let them ooh and ahh over the dessert table that took you 15 minutes to throw together!


Now, how about those shoes…

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What are your favorite patriotic-themed sweets to serve? Share your ideas in the comments below.

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Apr 8, 2014 11:43 am

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Debra Kapellakis
Jul 1, 2012 1:40 pm

That is a wonderful table setting.

Jun 27, 2012 12:09 am

Beautiful Table! I love the Donut Towers! Happy 4th!

I love the punch! The layer affect is cool!

Jun 25, 2012 1:43 pm

Love all of this! Now I want to throw a party!

Jun 25, 2012 1:39 am

Oh my gosh! That is so so cute! I love it! My favorite part is the doughnut tower. Absolutely adorable. I am horrible at decorating for parties so I love these ideas 🙂

Jun 25, 2012 12:12 am

Cuuuuute! ‘MERICA, hell yeah! Love the spread 🙂

Jun 24, 2012 7:28 pm

A themed DESSERT part?! What more could possibly be needed in life?!

Jun 24, 2012 12:54 am

Ahhh – you’re my hero! I LOVE themed food parties. (Going to be posting one of my own for the fourth on Monday!) Especially love the stacked donuts — so creative! 🙂

Jun 23, 2012 7:53 pm

so cute, and I agree, more money for shoes is the way to go!

Jun 23, 2012 7:13 pm

I LOVE all of this!! Especially the donut towers!

Jun 23, 2012 4:06 pm

You had me at donut towers. What a spread – what time is the party???

Jun 23, 2012 3:02 pm

What a fun party – love the donut towers, so cute!

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
Jun 23, 2012 2:15 pm

ohh ohh ohh . and the red/white and blue PUNCH drink too!!!!

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
Jun 23, 2012 2:14 pm

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!! … and YOU for sharing these cute party ideas. vanilla yogurt with blueberries and strawberries .. MY FAVE!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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