Happy July 4th! All the star-spangled essentials you'll need for a perfect party
Whether you're grilling in the garden, hosting a picnic, or sitting ocean-side at the beach, there's not excuse not to conjure your inner Independence Day patriotism
21:25 GMT, 3 July 2012
Fourth of July festivities are right around the corner, so MailOnline rustled up the best last-minute party essentials to take you from a beach picnic, to a night time barbeque and everything in between.
Conjure up your inner patriotism with red, white, and blue outdoor accessories to make the most out of your Independence Day-ready essentials, no matter where you end up.
From cute picnic baskets to fun snow cone holders, and even blue nail polish, celebrating the festive holiday with a star-spangled banner theme doesn't have to be expensive.
BBQ Essentials: Portable barbeque grills and plastic glasses are essential for evening feasts around the city; Bodum red grill, $60 (left), and Blue Acrylic Wine Glass, $2.95 each (right), both from crateandbarrel.com
Patriotic fun: Set of 50 Snow Cone Papers, $6.95, crateandbarrel.com (left), Flag Lantern String Lights, $11.96, pier1.com (middle), and Red, White & Blue Stripe candles, $6.40-$8, pier1.com (right)
Portable barbeque grills and plastic glasses are essential for evening feasts around the city.
Whether you're in your own backyard, on a New York City rooftop or camping, candles and string lanterns are a handy and fun way to light the scene up.
When it comes to the beach, a good cooler can make or break an ocean-side picnic.
Waterproof accessories, like a beach radio, will keep the atmosphere lively without the need for electricity, and beach games like Paddle boards, will keep everyone entertained.
Beach essentials: Red cooler, $62.95, crateandbarrel.com (left), and Sunnylife Paddle Game in Red, White and Blue, $14.99, plumneworleans.com (right)
Fun in the sun: Sunnylife Beach Radio, $40, plumneworleans.com (left), Marc Jacobs canvas tote, $178, marcjacobs.com (middle), and Heidi Klein bikini, $309, mytheresa.com (right)
When it comes to watching fireworks, there is no better way to incorporate food and a great view than a portable, plonk-yours-self anywhere picnic.
Other than a standard Piccadilly picnic basket, a waterproof cloth and a big beverage dispenser are great starters for any picnic kit.
Mini speakers that plug into any iPhone or iPod are easy ways to carry atmospheric music as they last up to six hours.
Picnic essentials: Waterproof picnic cloth, $6.99, target.com (left), and Beverage dispenser, $40, bedbathandbeyond.com (right)
Perfectly portable: Essie Aruba Blue nailpolish, $10, dermstore.com (left), Holiday In Americana bowl, $3, zak.com (middle), and Piccadilly Picnic Basket, $95, macys.com (right)
Outdoor items: X-Mini Speaker, $32, momastore.org (left), Mr. Bar-B-Q Picnic Table Condiment Set, $13.99, target.com (right)
Optional of course are painting your nails blue in between meals while you wait for the evening's big, bright bangs.
Snow cone paper cups are fun for any setting as are cute, all-year round condiment sets.