Ok, we’ve shared our favorite 4th of July activities for kids, recipes and cocktails…so what’s the last thing you need to make your Independence Day celebration complete? The decorations of course! We’ve put together some of the coolest party ideas and crafts we could find on the web to inspire your creative side. Now you’ve got all of the tools you need to celebrate our nation’s birthday in style! Happy 4th!

You know how people say they have 2 left feet? Well I have 2 left hands…I am just THAT awkward when it comes to decorating cakes. Though it shouldn’t have, this cake took me a few tries and as many tantrums to get it just right. However, once I was able to successfully make it and have it look decent, I felt triumphant. If you follow my notes below, this cake is a quick and easy way to make food festive without too much extra work involved!

Patriotic Flag Cake

1 box of Angel Food Cake mix
Low fat whipped cream
Fresh strawberries (sliced)
Fresh Blueberries

Note: When rinsing the strawberries and blueberries, be sure to blot each and every single one with paper towels. This is very important, because if you don’t, the juices from the fruit will leak all over the cake and look like a messy water color painting your toddler made. This will cause you to burst into hot, messy tears and throw the entire cake into the sink. Or so I have heard.

Following the directions on the box, go ahead and bake the Angel Food Cake in a 9×13 glass baking dish. Once cooled, thickly spread whipped cream over the entire cake. Eat remaining whipped cream from the tub with a spoon. Place blueberries in a square/rectangular pattern at the top left corner of the cake, then start making stripes with your sliced strawberries. REMEMBER TO BLOT ALL OF THE FRUIT! Your healthy-ish dessert should look like this (or better):

Felicity Huffman's What The Flicka? - 4th of July Recipes

For more recipe inspiration, check out the other holiday-themed food ideas in the gallery above! Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Remember lighting your first fireworks during the 4th of July? It was pretty much the most epic day of your life, right? Well, these kids are having their first experience, and as their uncle writes in the YouTube description, “simple firecrackers, smoke balls, sparklers, and bottle rockets on July 4th excite my nephews to the point of insanity. Independence day could only be this fun when you’re under 5 years old.”

You’ll have so much fun watching the pure joy of these little guys that you’ll probably head right to the store afterwards to pick some fireworks up for Thursday’s festivities!