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These summer party items will up your 4th of July barbecue game

These summer party items will up your 4th of July barbecue game
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Barbecues and 4th of July parties aren’t confined to the backyard anymore. It’s all about the ‘gram — creating an environment that you and your friends will want to snap pictures of. If there isn’t a #best4thBBQpartyever connected to your party, did it really happen?

For independence day, you can easily lean into the Americana theme: flags, stars and stripes, and everything red, white and blue. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to not be so literal. Maybe just keep the food on message with a special blue cocktail, a whipped cream flag cake with strawberries and blueberries, and some red peppers with hummus. But for decorations, games, floats, etc., mix it up and expand the theme to fun, very 2019 items that will keep your party feeling festive and fresh.

Here’s a roundup of trendy summer party items sure to get you some host and Instagram cred and make your summer barbecue party the best on the block. Not having your own party? Pick up a few of these for host gifts!

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Hidden Valley Ranch float

Those who love to put ranch dip on their ranch dip can climb aboard this pool float and dream that they’re floating in a pool of it.

hidden valley ranch pool float
Photo credit: Hidden Valley Ranch

Tropical Pong drinking game

Replace the red Solo cups with these tropical-themed gems to get the game going even faster than usual.

Llama ride-on float

The South American animal is having a moment, and this float is here for it.

llama pool float
Photo credit: Sunny Life

Giant tiki cornhole

Everyone’s favorite outdoor beanbag throwing game gets a tropical twist. It’ll fit right in for autumn tailgating, too.

XXL donut wall

Head to the bakery, grab a variety of flavors, and watch the sweets lovers go (do)nuts over this wall of deliciousness. Bonus: No plates needed.

giant donut wall etsy
Photo credit: Coogee Studios/Etsy

Giant Scrabble

Since we’re all addicted to Words with Friends, this lawn game should be a slam dunk.

MORE: Throwing an epic 4th of July party: A beginner’s guide

Movie projector

When the sun goes down, turn your backyard into a movie theater. Just connect this to your laptop and project a summer classic like “The Sandlot” or “Dirty Dancing” on the side of your house. Add blankets, pillows, and popcorn to complete your outdoor theater.

movie projector amazon
Photo credit: Vankyo/Amazon

Super Soakers

Kids of all ages will enjoy a good ol’ fashioned water fight with these new, improved Super Soakers — an especially fun way to cool off if you don’t have a pool.

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Photo credit: Nerf/Super Soaker

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