If you’ve ever wanted to have a party as Instagrammable and carefully curated as Swift’s, know that it is within your grasp. All you need is a beachside destination, a ton of close girlfriends (and a few select men), a photographer, and big, picture-worthy moments.
Taylor Swift has her own mansion with a private beach in Rhode Island, but most of us are not so lucky (or so rich). To start your T. Swift-inspired party, book your own beach house. It doesn’t need to be a $17 million homestead, but you can certainly find a great Airbnb.
You can’t have an entire party filled with matching outfits, friends, and elaborate poses without having a photographer. Duh! If you’re really going all-in on your T. Swift-inspired fete, hire a photographer. If you’re not made of money, consider passing the camera around so every member of your squad can be in a few pictures.
Taylor would never imagine throwing a Fourth of July party without her #squad. Past guests to her lavish party include HAIM, Cara Delevingne, Blake Lively, Gigi Hadid, Ruby Rose, and Martha Hunt. Scroll through your own contacts and make sure all your BFFs are in attendance.
Who can forget Tom Hiddleston’s infamous “I Heart T.S.” shirt at 2016’s Fourth of July party? Your Independence Day bash is the perfect time to introduce your new man to your girlfriends, so find yourself a summer romance as soon as possible.
Who can forget when Ed Sheeran showed up to Taylor’s house dressed in a traditional English red coat? America may have declared its independence 241 years ago, but this fish out of water joke is still funny. So find a token Brit to brag to this holiday — just be sure to document your American flag waving.
Red, white, and blue bikinis, American flag onesies, and silly stars and stripes T-shirts. All of these are acceptable beachwear for you and your friends. Be sure to buy these in bulk so your sparkler photos are 100 percent more adorable.
Most people haven’t played charades in 10 years, but not Taylor! This classic, quaint game is a staple of her Fourth of July parties. If charades aren’t your thing, consider another party game, such as American-themed Pictionary or Bingo.
A little ol’ Slip ‘N Slide simply will not do. For your over-the-top Fourth of July bash, you need one of those monstrous inflatable water slides. These giants are the perfect mix of nostalgia and summertime fun.
If you and your friends aren’t floating around on swans and unicorns, are you even having a summertime party? Consider buying one of these food-themed pool inflatables, because it’s impossible to have a bad time when you’re floating around in a doughnut.
Boom! This signature celebratory show is how you’ll really take your party to the next level. Though fireworks are notoriously difficult to photograph, perhaps you can get a stunning snapshot of you and your crew with some big sparks in the background. It’s an easy Instagram win.