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Fabulous 4th of July Birthday Party Ideas

Posted by Kyle Design on June 24, 2014

If your birthday falls on or near a holiday, you know how difficult it can be to separate your birthday from the holiday, and how hard it is to get a group of people together to celebrate. One of the best holidays to have a birthday is 4th of July. Lots of people love to get together for great food, fun and fireworks. You can have so much fun with a patriotic party theme and the weather is guaranteed to be warm.

Top Party Ideas for a 4th of July Birthday

Patriotic Fruit Appetizers

Make festive party kabobs with strawberries, bananas and blueberries. Love this one we found on Pinterest from Party City:


Ice Cold Drinks

With the blazing heat of July, ice cold beverages are a must. Don’t just throw soda cans and water bottles in an ice chest. Create cool drinks in individual glasses (mason jars are cheap and totally on trend right now) or in a giant drink dispenser. Here are 2 great ideas from a couple of blogs – click either image for more information on creating these fruity delights:

Patriotic Water

Fruity Drinks from

4th of July Mocktail

Cute mocktails from’s blog








Decorated Mason Jar Glasses

Mason jars are awesome and you can buy a case of them at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. Help party guests differentiate their drinking glasses by creating these patriotic mason jars decorated with scrapbook paper – a fun idea from blogger Cheryl (click the image for her tutorial):


DIY Burlap Birthday Banner

Creating a personalized birthday banner is another fantastic way to make the birthday guy or gal feel special. Hobby Lobby and other craft stores sell blank burlap pennant banners which you can decorate any way you want. Use red and blue paint to write out their name or birthday message. You can also make a similar banner using scrapbook paper and twine or ribbon. Below is a “Happy Birthday” banner that can be purchased on Etsy. Next to that is a banner that says “Love” that I’ve included since it has a great tutorial on painting your own custom burlap sign.


Customize this Birthday Banner in Etsy shop TwoDoodlesDesigns


Click this image for a tutorial on creating your own burlap birthday banner


Red, White and Blue Birthday Cake

This is where you want to keep the cake birthday themed. Don’t do a flag design with a fruit topping or frosting – if you do, it won’t really feel like a birthday cake. Whether you plan to bake a home made cake or order one from a bakery, keep the red, white and blue color scheme with some stars or fireworks, but stay away from flags and keep it birthday oriented with a “Happy Birthday” message.


Patriotic Birthday Cake from Tita’s Cakes & Creations in San Antonio, TX.


Red White and Blue Ombre Cake from

patriotic birthday cake

Patriotic Birthday Cake









Sparkler Birthday Candles

Top the cake with sparkler candles from your local party store, or buy some online. We found the ones below at



When the sun goes down, let everyone have some fun with sparklers. Keep everyone’s hands safe by using a solo cup to separate their hands from the sparks – a fabulous safety tip for kids and adults from


DIY Fair Games

Hostess with the Mostess blog has excellent party games with a county fair theme which are perfect for any 4th of July party. Click the image below for instructions on DIY ring toss, balloon darts and more.


DIY county fair fames from

American Flag Party Favors

Send party guests home with these memorable American Flag party favor bookmarks from Kyle Design. Choose from 30 colors to personalize for each guest. You can also engrave the back with their name and the date.


Personalize this patriotic bookmark from

More Great July 4th Party Ideas:

Follow our 4th of July Celebration board on Pinterest for other great Independence Day Party ideas.

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Get Inspired with These Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by Kyle Design on June 3, 2014

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15, 2014.

If your dad is like mine, he can be a little (scratch that – a lot) hard to shop for. I know he loves when I get him something personalized, but several engraved keychains and picture frames later, I had run out of ideas (and I think he’d run out of desk space). Then I realized something. My dad is extra special. Why should I get him something “typical” for Father’s Day (#1 dad mug? new tie?) when I can give him something that shows him the many ways in which he’s special to me.

So, I started to make a list of all the things my dad has taught me. Turns out, there are a ton of cool gifts I can give him. Watch this short video to see what I’m talking about:

What did your dad teach you?

Celebrate the lessons he taught you with a meaningful Father’s Day gift from Kyle Design. Pick from 100s of unique designs on cool gifts for dad like flasks, business card cases, tape measures, money clips (and more!) and customize it with his favorite color and an engraved message about an important thing he taught you. It will be the best gift he’s ever gotten.

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