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Fourth of July Centerpiece Ideas

7 Cool and Economical Centerpieces For the Fourth

Do you have your menu planned and guest list checked for your Fourth of July party? Now all that's left is to find a simple, pretty, and low-cost way to finish your table. Centerpieces for the Fourth of July can embrace the spirit of the season — so definitely favor Summer fun over fussy elegance. Here are seven cheap and easy ways to make the most of your Fourth of July centerpiece.

  • Sparklers: Arrange sparklers in narrow-necked vases, clustered on the table. Tie them with a wide grosgrain ribbon in red, white, or blue.
  • Carnations: Cut carnations so they are on a short stem, and then arrange them in giant clusters in a low vase. Once the sun sets, break out the sparklers!
  • Pinwheels:  Buy premade pinwheels and add them to a metal bucket or vase. They also work great as a party favor that guests can take home when the evening is through.
  • Potted garden plant: Have a potted cherry tomato or miniature pepper plant you're proud of? Add it to your table and show it off! You can wrap the pot in fabric or paper to help it stand out.
  • Skewers of fruit or berries: Make your centerpiece double as an appetizer by arranging strawberries, watermelon, or blueberries on half of a wooden skewer, and then adding the skewers to a tall, wide-mouthed vase.
  • Paper straws:  Buy red-and-white and blue-and-white straws (like these from Kikkerland) and arrange them in glasses or vases in the middle of the table.
  • Colored pencils:  Dress your table in white butcher paper, and then ask guests to draw images and write messages on the "tablecloth" that reflect their vision of the Fourth of July holiday.
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