22 Jun How to Throw the Best 4th of July Bash
The fourth of July is truly a time to celebrate, and why not put on the best bash on the block?! While every great party is created by having those people we care about with us, there are some fundamental items that help step your party up a notch. Here are the basics to show you how to throw the best 4th of July party this summer!
Go with easy to munch finger foods when you initially set the party up. While the main dish might be your world famous cowboy burgers or some delicious portobello steaks, a party will keep going as long as your guests have food to munch on. Chips and dip may be your initial thought, but keep in mind that means people will need extra plates, napkins, and several disposal locations. Think outside the box with cute fruit kabobs, triscuits with meat and cheese, or a grab and go olive tray. Snack food should be easy to pop and go so your guests can enjoy the social atmosphere without feeling impeded by their snack plate.
Drinks are also crucial to keep the party going. Have water available! Whether you have a fabulous drink dispenser filled with water, ice, blueberries, and raspberries for the festivities or just water bottles, your guests are going to need this refresher. Once that item is checked off the list, have a few non-alcoholic options available like soda, mineral water, lemonade, etc to keep the DDs, expectant moms, and kids content. Then of course, the fun stuff! If you’re a cocktail person, check out these options from Cosmo, otherwise bring in some local brews to emphasize the beauty of supporting the American Dream.
Traditionally, the 4th of July is an all day celebration so you’ll want to have quite a few game options to keep everyone entertained. Sure, you’ll have a few friends that sit in lounge chairs and just chat, but competition keeps everyone in the action whether they are playing or observing. A few games that won’t break the bank are Kan Jam, Baggo (Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, Ring Toss, and/or Washers. While you could go out and buy these games, they are also really easy to make out of things you have around the house. For example, Kan Jam can be accomplished with two 5 gallon buckets and a frisbee. While the DIY solutions may not be as posh as buying the actual game, they are still just as fun to play. Plus, you can theme out the decor to match the holiday. These games are also great for all ages and creative drinking rules can be added for those who are 21 or older. The biggest factor in throwing the best 4th of July party on the block is keep the games fun, easy, and active. Cards are great after the fireworks show and you’re ready to wind down, but during the day keep your guests moving and laughing.
While we are more for minimalistic decor, you definitely want to convey the patriotic theme where appropriate. If the food and drinks are inspired with the American Spirit, keep the table linens muted in white or a pale blue. Let the dishes and treats do the designing. Napkins can go with a solid red or navy depending on your table cloth colors, don’t go with the cheesey printed flags – everyone knows why they are there. The subtle table design with tasty themed treats will convey a chic celebration. For a little more fun, go up with your decor. Grab a bit of string or twine, two to three plastic red, white, and blue tablecloths, and a roll of string lights to step up durable garland. You can string it back and forth above your patio for festive lighting in the evening and classic decor during the day, or hang it like sashes across deck railing. The best part is it is inexpensive to make and reuseable! Check out Fun Home Things for a quick guide on how to make this awesome piece of decor.
Whether you have your own sparklers or a great seating area to watch the real deal, make sure you have a plan to view the show with minimal effort. Whether you host your party at the park that has a great view of the local fireworks show or you can see them from your back porch, make sure your guests won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot or moving locations by the main event.
Have a fabulous 4th of July and a safe celebration!