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How to Throw the Perfect 4th of July Party + $100 Sugar Boutique Gift Card Giveaway!!

4th of July party essentials featured by top US lifestyle blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels


I am SO pumped that this week is not only 4th of July but my birthday (tomorrow!) I cannot wait to head out of town to the lake and do some entertaining, cooking and have some family fun while out of town.

In case you’re throwing a 4th of July party this week or weekend, make sure you keep reading to see my tips on throwing a party. And I have a special surprise at the end of this post. = )

5 Tips to Throw the Perfect 4th of July Party:

1.) Decide who you want to invite and come up with your guest list. Then send out invitations.

2.) Plan your food and drink list. I LOVE festive foods and drinks that are red white and blue themed! I usually stick for easy food for the main course like hamburgers or hotdogs and then go out for the drinks, appetizers and desserts to really make a festive statement.

3.) Buy some easy and festive decorations for the party and party servingware. I got these cute little banners, garland, plates and pillows all from Dollar General. You don’t have to spend a ton of money! Keep it simple. = )

4.) Plan some fun games to entertain while guests are there. If you don’t have a pool, cornhole and horseshoes are some great ideas.

5.) Find the perfect festive (comfortable) outfit to wear. You’re the hostess, so you have to look the part. Though I love pretty dresses, I usually opt for shorts and tops, rompers and sandals. You’ll be rushing around doing the finishing touches, so keep that in mind when picking out your outfit.

As a special treat for my birthday week, I’ve teamed up with Sugar Boutique to give away $100 to their shop. This is where my cute tie front top is front, and I feel like it is just perfect for the 4th! What is your favorite item from Sugar Boutique?

What are you doing for the 4th? Are you going to have a 4th of July party and cookout? Let me know in a comment below!


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  1. Carrington Barfield

    What a fun party! I love the idea for this, and the way you decorated is adorable. That pillow is seriously the cutest! I’ll have to keep this in mind for a possible idea for something I can try for the 4th!

    • Julie

      The patriotic collection is lovely

      • Aubrey Daniels

        Such a cute set up! Love all the party ideas!

    • Tina S.

      I like the Linked in Tassel Top. I love off the shoulder tops!

  2. Cathy

    Love the table decor you created! Have a great 4th!


    • Christina Puff

      That blackjack jumpsuit is to die for!

  3. Anne S

    Sugar Boutique has so many nice things! Love the art gallery dress

  4. Lisa O.

    I love love love the Art Gallery Dress!!

  5. Kellie N

    Love the whole decor you did for a great American picnic! Great ideas.

  6. Dawn Kaestner

    I love the colors of the Lilly Pulitzer 2019-2020 Large Agenda – Floridita

    • Pamela Sloss

      The “Ball So Hard” tee!

  7. Trina Chadwick

    The red white and blue tank #6

  8. Priscilla

    I love the Karlie Floral Dreams Chiffon Dress. So lovely! Thanks for the ‘tips to throw a 4th July (stress-free) party’ post.

  9. Alex Montana

    Happy Birthday! Beautiful pictures!

    • Stephanie MacDonald

      I love the table decorations

  10. Alex Montana

    Love the Bahama Beach Kimono Dress

  11. Dana Rodriguez

    I really like the Karlie Jazzed Leopard Pant.

  12. Jessica W.

    My favorite is the Crosby Elle Dress – Carribean.

  13. Christine A Nairn

    I love the platform sandals! They are so adorable!

  14. Lisa

    I like the Lily Pulitzer Lattice bathing suit.

  15. Valerie L

    Really love the new Draper James Star Print Persley Ponte Dress

  16. Deborah Beyer

    Everything is so cute, but I love the SUNSHINE & LAKE WATER TANK. It really is all I need!

  17. Brittney Evans

    My favorite is number 18 I love that outfit

  18. beth shepherd

    Crosby Ellie Dress – Cut Outs

  19. Kim Pincombe-Cole

    I really like the LAROQUE Brooks Top in White Eyelet at Sugar Boutique!

  20. Olivia Ashley

    The Key West Earrings are so trendy and adorable I love little details to my outfits.

  21. Kim Naumann

    Karlie Cate ruffle burnout this one!

  22. Tiffany Schantzenbach

    I really like the American Woman Top.

  23. Shanna

    Have a great 4th of July!

  24. Stephanie Fossum

    I like the Nol Tunic in White

  25. KV

    I like the Karlie twisted heart dress.

  26. Kelly VanHorn

    What wonderful ideas! Love the decorating. The Emerald Isle dress is really cute!

  27. Shirley Franklin

    Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack t-shirt- it’s so cute!

  28. Julie

    I love the Cinco de Mayo dress! So cute!

  29. thisnthat3

    “Eyes on You Ruffle Dress”

  30. Melissa

    i love the pretty Tort Necklace!

  31. Danny Goode

    love the art gallery dress

  32. Polly Hall

    I love wearing dresses and the Draper James Stripe Shirtdress – Light Blue is very cutie.

  33. shannon zeidan

    I love the Draper James Star Print Persley Ponte Dress.

  34. Cristina

    Buddy Love Kendall Maxi – Palm Springs dress is beautiful!

  35. Ashleigh Hack

    Love all the patriotic stuff!

  36. Lydia

    Wish I were attending a fourth of july party at your house! I love your white denim shorts, so perfect.
    Chic on the Cheap

  37. Tom Johnson

    I really like the twisted heart dress.

  38. Christina Cohen

    I really like the Karlie Carousel Stripes Tank for summer. It’s lightweight and I love the stripes!

  39. Nanette Olson

    I like the Draper James Floral Maxi Shirtdress – Nassau Navy

  40. jennifer galindo

    I love everything from the patriotic collection.

  41. Brooke

    Great ideas!

  42. sandra

    I like the Lavender Mojito Top

  43. lisa mcfarland

    the art gallery dress

  44. monique s

    My favorite is the blackjack jumpsuit

  45. Elle

    I like the Draper James Poppy Love Circle Dress.

  46. cindy troxell

    i love the books only love today,50 things every young lady should know, a memory a day for mom

  47. Emily

    The Bahama Beach Kimono Dress is lovely!


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  49. Allie

    Thank you for the tips! It’s going to help me so much when I throw a BBQ on the 4th in our backyard. So glad I finally have a backyard to celebrate 4th of July!

  50. Theresa Fischer

    I love the Karlie Carousel Stripes Tank!

  51. Robin M

    I like the Tess Jacket in black.

  52. Eva Mack

    I like the Karlie In Flames Trim Tunic…easy to wear.

  53. Gwendolyn Jordan

    Buddy Love Kendall Maxi Palm Springs dress

  54. Colleen Boudreau

    I love the Karlie Polynesian Romper.

  55. Carol naes

    love the Draper James Stripe Shirtdress – Light Blue

  56. Kelly D

    The Aloha Tunic is my favorite.

  57. Gina Gallagher

    Love the Draper James Star Print Persley Ponte Dress! <3


    My favorite item would be the Karlie Fringe Life Jeans. They’re so cute.

  59. Jessica S

    Lavender Mojito Top is cute

  60. Rita Sheppard

    I love the Aloha Tunic top.

  61. Liz Kilcher

    i like the aloha tunic

  62. Elizabeth J Hicken

    Bahama Beach Kimono Dress

  63. Christine

    We’re taking a ferry to Vashon Island, WA!

  64. cindy whipple

    I like the coral jean jacket.Articles of society,thanks

  65. Melinda

    Bahama beach kimono dress!

  66. Amanda

    I like the Key West Earrings in lilac! Such a pretty color.

  67. Paige Byrd

    I love the Karlie Wave pool neck tunic

  68. Jenny S

    I really love the Karlie Vince dress in green.

  69. Candace Galan

    I love the Draper James Star Print Persley Ponte Dress, so perfect for summer!

  70. Jessica

    These are really great tips dear. Yes, games should definitely be a part of any 4th of July celebrations.

    Jessica |

  71. Jessica

    These are really great tips dear. Yes, games should definitely be a part of any 4th of July celebrations. Thanks for sharing these ideas dear!

    Jessica |

  72. Denise Windley

    Mine is the AOS Taylor Jacket – Belize. Super cute.

  73. Janet OBrien

    Love the Karlie Sissy Smocked Dress

  74. Angela Saver

    My favorite from the Sugar Boutique is the Britt Ryan 3/4 Sleeve Dress! Love it! ❤️

  75. heather padilla

    cool contest,would make a great gift

  76. heather padilla

    It’s all pretty nice,too hard to choose

  77. Allyson Tice

    Jannie Tunic – Citron is my FAVORITE item!

  78. kelly light

    I love the American woman t shirt!

  79. alice f

    There are so many items that I like. However, my is the Lily Pulitzer Lattice bathing suit. I have been in the market for a new swimsuit and this one would be perfect.

  80. Lacy Inscho

    Love the Lilly Pulitzer Chandler Top!!!

  81. Brigitte Bauman

    My favorite items is the Buddy Love Emily Mermaid Top. I think it very cute.

  82. linda ricotta

    gallery dress

  83. Michelle J.

    I like the American Woman top!

  84. Jennifer Rote

    I like the KERISMA Nol Tunic in white.

  85. the cape on the corner

    the aloha shirt is super cute!

  86. RonB

    My wife would look good in one of the dress’s

  87. Tara Peterson

    Love these ideas!! I love a bunch of the tunic tops from Sugar Boutique!

  88. nicolle

    Love the Karly Debby blouse

  89. Carol Moore

    I love the American Woman Top!

  90. Wendy

    The blue 4th tank top with white stars is super cute!!!

  91. Young M

    Beautiful! They have some cute dress, but I love their swimsuits too. 🙂

  92. Jamie Martin

    Black jumpsuit!


    Bahama Beach Kimono Dress

  94. Sunnie

    I like the gingham romper.

  95. Rosanne

    I like the American Woman Top. Appropriate for 4th of July

  96. clara gonzalez

    i love the black jumpsiut

  97. Carolsue

    One thing I like there is the Karlie Floral Dreams Chiffon Dress
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  98. Sandra Benton

    I love the Cinco De Mayo dress from Sugar Boutique. I’m going to take it easy on the 4th and watch Wimbledon.

  99. Nicki

    I love the cotton candy ruffle dress.

  100. Janice Susan Urffer

    My fav outfit is Karlie Baybreeze Stripes Tank

  101. Dee Parker

    Lilly Pulitzer Julie Sneaker – Royal Purple Animals looks like fun footwear!

  102. Lauren

    I like the Jamie Knot Jumpsuit.

  103. Lauren Hamilton

    I like the Draper James poppy love circle dress

  104. drimeth

    I think the Essential Twist Top – Olive is super adorable!

  105. Nancy

    I like the Julie Brown Betsy dress.

  106. Elizabeth Boston

    Love the Art Gallery Dress! <3

  107. Nicole Margrif

    Aloha Tunic

  108. luci steinfeldt

    Love the Rains in Africa dress

  109. Alexandra Stephens

    I love the Southern Tide American Skipjack Tee!

  110. Kat

    I’ve got my eye on a pair of the Southern Tide Flipjacks Sandals.

  111. Philip Lawrence

    My favorite is the American Woman Top.

  112. Rija

    Love the Lilly Pulitzer saline coverup in sea to shining sea from patriotic collection !

  113. Lisa Babs

    I love all the Lily Pulitzer dresses. BUT my favorite item is the “I drink coffee for your protection” Tshirt. What the perfect sleep shirt or to go for your morning coffee in.

  114. David Heath

    Sugar Boutique has so many nice things! Love the art gallery dress

  115. Spirit Wilson

    Beautiful clothing, I hope to win!!

  116. Laurie Nykaza

    Lilly Pulitzer 2019-2020 Large Agenda – Cheek to Cheek love it pretty colors too

  117. Tammy Catterton

    My favorite is this one Draper James Stripe Shirtdress – Light Blue love it due to being simple yet comfy look

  118. Theresa Jenkins

    The patriotic collection
    American Woman Top

  119. Helen

    I am loving the Britt Ryan 3/4 Sleeve Dress.

  120. Pam Flynn

    Lots of fun looking at all the fun clothes. I love Crosby Lindsay Top – Cut Outs.

  121. Annmarie Weeks

    So many great things! I would love to get the Cuban Nights Jumpsuit for our beach vacation later this summer!

  122. Wendy P.

    Really love the tabletop decor! Sugar Boutique has so many cute things, but my favorite would have to be the Karlie Monet Halter Tank <3 🙂

  123. Tara Richardson

    There’s so much that I love on the website, but the linked in tassel blouse really caught my eye. Love it.

  124. sandra

    i like the Walk in Fields Romper – 1XS

  125. greentopiaries

    I like the Draper James Stripe Ponte Long Sleeve Tee. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  126. Megan Wilson

    I’m loving the Madonna Flare Jean, and all of the different tops are so pretty!

  127. Lesly Figueroa

    Its so hard to pick, with so many beautiful thing, but I like the Articles of society Maya Rico white jeans

  128. Tian

    I LOVE everything from the patriotic collection!

  129. Nancy

    Love the Blackjack Jumpsuit.

  130. Michele Pineda

    The Lake Nights romper is perfect for the pool or beach.

  131. Michele Pineda

    The lake Nights romper is perfect for the pool or the beach!

  132. Christy Peeples DuBois

    One of my favorites is the Southern Tide Jill Embroidered Top.

  133. latanya

    Cinco De Mayo Dress

    • Tracey

      Oddly enough, I love the agendas!

  134. TeaJay

    I love the Callie Pullover dress! Thank you for the giveaway!

  135. Mindy DeLisi

    aww, I love the Flockin Flamingo Dress!!

  136. Marilyn Nawara

    My favorite is the Lilly Pulitzer Natalie Coverup – Sink or Swim

  137. Em Mahr

    I like the I Drink Coffee For Your Protection Tee

  138. Dana Scott

    I love all the super soft graphic tees!

  139. Michelle L.

    I LOVE the Julie Brown Livie Dress. 🙂

  140. Samantha McCaffrey

    so gorgeous! you are so creative!

  141. LeAnn Harbert

    I like the Little Lilly Classic Shift Mermaid in t the Shade for my granddaughter.

  142. Mary Meadows

    I love the Patriotic Collection! Great article! Thanks for sharing.

  143. Janine Hwang

    Draper James call your mama tee

  144. Maureen Blatz

    I love the tank

  145. ken ohl

    think my wife would enjoy the flamingo dress

  146. Mary Cloud

    I like the Karlie Fray Jean in White

  147. Sandra Watts

    One of my favorite is the Draper James Poppy Love Circle Dress.

  148. Julie Bickham

    I like the Lilly Pulitzer Margot Dress – High Tide Navy Scuba Doo.

  149. charlotte

    I like the Lily Pulitzer Lattice bathing suit a lot. It is super cute!

  150. Stephanie Ann

    I love the Jade Turquoise Garden Dress.

  151. Kimmy Ripley

    The Lily Pulitzer stuff for girls is ADORBS!

  152. jacqueline v

    loving their joyful floral dress

  153. Vikki P

    I love the Lilly Pulitzer Bahia Packback – Happy as a Clam!

  154. sarah

    I like the KUT Catherine Boyfriend Jean – Enticement

  155. dsinla

    Lilly Pulitzer ROLLS

  156. Amy Cooley

    Gosh, it’s so hard to choose a favorite item! I love the Lily Pulitzer line. I saw a really cute backpack, tanks, hats and flip flops.

  157. Janet Ferro

    Piece of My Heart Blazer is lovely!

  158. Brittany Potter

    I love the Becca Scarf Caftan! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and amazing giveaway!

  159. Lin Pieper

    Ooh I am in LOVE with the Blackjack jumpsuit!!!!

  160. Sandy Reis

    I love the James Draper shirt dress

  161. Cathy Burnett

    I love the Becca Scarf Caftan! It is very colorful and looks like it would fit great. I love your Walking in Memphis Blog. I live 75 miles from Memphis. Thanks for the giveaway!

  162. Andrea Darst

    I love the Joyful Floral Dress!!

  163. Sarah

    I love the cotton candy ruffle dress!

  164. Amanda Whitley

    my favorite is the Floral Fields Dress

  165. Cynthia Richardson

    My favorite is the pair of Crosby Dorothy Pants in black

  166. dez

    great post

  167. desaria


  168. Nancy

    I like their Brice Shift. It is cute. They have lots of cute things.

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