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.


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.

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I am coming to your party!


I gotta say, the donut towers are my favorite part. And who knew they’d be so easy? I might just make one for the heck of it 🙂

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma

So cute! Can I come? 🙂

Glory/ Glorious Treats

You know I love a fun themed party! And if it can look this cute, but still on the cheap… even better! Great job!


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Averie @ Averie Cooks

Those rice krispie treats are too cute! Happy 4th! And wow, you’re ON IT being it’s still almost 2 weeks away. I haven’t made one red/white/blue thing yet. Whoops!

sally @ sallys baking addiction

Shelly, what a FUN party spread. Honestly.. everything looks perfect and well balanced out with those healthy yogurt parfaits. I think my favorite are the blue tinted rice krispie treats or this patriotic punch – the colors are so pretty together. Oh and tose donuts threaded with a straw – so cute! I’d love to go to a party like this!


Fantastic ideas girl! Love the use of powdered donuts. 🙂

Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Love the donuts and rice krispie treats…you did a great job!


I just love the donut towers…such a cute idea to put them on a straw!!! And tinting the marshmallows for rice krispie treats…why have I never thought of that? You are are completely awesome! I would love to come to a party styled by you any day:-)

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

What a fun spread there! Chocolate covered pretzels are an easy and impressive tasty treat too!!

Lynna H.

ADORABLE! Everything looks so cute and patriotic!

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
Frannie Stevens-Meshorer

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

Frannie Stevens-Meshorer
Frannie Stevens-Meshorer

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

The Partiologist

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

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

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

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

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

sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

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

Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

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! 🙂

Captain Micah

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


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

Carla @ Carlas Confections

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 🙂


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

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I love the punch! The layer affect is cool!

Karen @ Sugartown Sweets

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

Debra Kapellakis

That is a wonderful table setting.

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