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What’s the 4th of July without a little sparkle? Put yourself in the Independence Day spirit by loading your party with as many star-shaped elements as possible—it’s like adding decorative fireworks, but without any actual fire or the potential of a hospital visit. From super-fun decor ideas to ingenious ways to serve up the food in your spread (the Fourth is really about the food, right?), we promise that each of these picks will have you, um, seeing stars. (Sorry, had to.)

Webake Silicone Ice Cube Trays, 3 for $9.99 on Amazon

silicone star shaped molds

Amazon

When you’re not using these silicone molds to make slow-melting ice cubes for cocktails or a sparkling punch, they’re also genius for molding Jell-O, soaps, even DIY crayons—just melt unwrapped crayons in the mold, which is safe in the microwave, freezer, and oven.Buy Now

Twinkle Star 100 LED 49 FT Star String Lights, $16.99 on Amazon

star string lights

Amazon

If you’re not game to fight the crowds at a fireworks display, you can light up the night and add some serious sparkle to your backyard party with star-shaped twinkle lights. They’re made for indoor and outdoor use, which means you can drape them over trees, doorways, or windows—and unlike fireworks, they won’t fizzle out in a few seconds.Buy Now

Poolmaster 36-Inch Patriotic American Stars Tube, $22.99 at Swim Outlet

star shaped pool floats

Swim Outlet

Nothing says “U-S-A! U-S-A!” more than spending the Fourth at a lake or a pool. Take along these star-shaped floaties, which come in a pack of three so you can share with your whole crew. Plus they’re totally on hue.Buy Now

BigMouth Inc. Inflatable Patriotic Star Pool Cupholder Floats, 3 for $7.81 on Amazon

pool drink floats

Amazon

While you’re at it, get some miniature star-shaped floats to keep your drinks cool (and upright) in the pool. (Our favorite spiked seltzers and low-carb beers for summer would be just the thing to keep you hydrated.)Buy Now

Ginger Ray Star Shaped Disposable Plates, $5.99 at Target

metallic gold star shaped plates

Target

Maybe you’re more of a rose gold person than the traditional red, white, and blue. These star-shaped plates, which come in a set of 8, set a more sophisticated tone for a chic backyard BBQ.Buy Now

Sun Squad™ Plastic Star Chip and Dip Serving Platter with Lid, $7 at Target

star shaped chip and dip tray

Target

The best part of the Fourth of July weekend? The snacks, obvs. Serve up veggies and dip or chips and salsa in this totally on-theme platter. The dip cup even comes with a lid so it won’t spill everywhere on the car ride over to the party. Genius.Buy Now

Star Melamine Dip Bowls, 3 for $9.56 at Sur La Table

star shaped bowls red white and blue

Sur la Table

These adorable star-shaped bowls are the perfect size for nuts, candies, and guac. Plus, they’re made of melamine, so you can use them at the pool or the park, then pop them in the dishwasher when it’s all over.Buy Now

RWB Star Shaped Shutter Shading Glasses, 12 for $7.95 at Walmart

red white and blue star shaped glasses

Walmart

These. Glasses. If there’s a cooler way to show off your patriotism on July 4th, we’re not aware of it. And they come in a pack of 12, so your entire party will be decked out for your Instagram snaps or the neighborhood parade.Buy Now

Stars & Stripes Pasta, 2 packs for $5.80 at World Market

stars and stripes patriotic pasta

World Market

Take your pasta salad game to the next level with this star-shaped pasta. (There are also flags and bells in the mix.) Trust us, whatever recipe you use—even if it’s mac and cheese—the end result will just taste better with this patriotic note.Buy Now

Wilton Star Grippy Plastic Cookie Cutter, $.97 at Walmart

star shaped cookie cutter

Walmart

Sure, you could use it to make star-shaped confections, but this cookie cutter isn’t just for cookies: use it to shape sandwiches, Jell-O, fondant, and cakes at your Independence Day party. Best of all, you can take it out again during the holidays.Buy Now

Silicone Star Cupcake Liners, $5.65 on Amazon

silicone star shaped cupcake liners

Amazon

How cute, right? Use these dozen individual liners to make celebratory cupcakes or muffins. We love the idea of blueberry or raspberry muffins if you want to stay in palette.Buy Now

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