Host a Star Spangled Fourth of July Party
It’s almost time for America’s birthday! There’s no better way to celebrate than a festive, patriotic themed Fourth of July party. Throwing a casual, fun Independence Day party is a great way to celebrate all the great parts of the summer. Add a little red, white, and boom to your party with these Fourth of July party tips!
Fourth of July fare usually includes lots of grilled goodies. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbeque are great choices. If you’re hosting an outdoor event, skip mayonnaise and cream based sides, instead opting for pasta salads, vinegar based slaw, corn on the cob, and fruit salad. Let fresh, in season produce, such as corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon, take center stage in your dinner menu.
For Independence Day drinks and dessert, let patriotic colors be the star. A delicious, flag inspired kids’ drink is to layer blue Gatorade, Sobe Pina Colada, and cranberry apple juice. The adults will enjoy a red, white and blue Sangria. A festive dessert, such as Star Spangled Cherry Pie, will be a show stopper at your party.
Casual, rustic looks are perfect for a July 4th party. If you’re hosting a fairly intimate affair, try placing an outdoor table underneath a big tree. You hang festive decorations, like tissue pom poms, paper starbursts, or twinkling lights, from the tree branches.
Make your holiday table a little extra special with red, white, and blue spirited table top décor. Rustic elements, like mason jars, brown paper bags, and burlap, will casually dress up your party table. Other components included in the pictured table top are red and white gingham napkins, blue woven placemats, a burlap runner, chips served in brown bags with decorative tags and soda bottles decorated with ribbon.
Don’t forget to keep any unwanted guests — bugs — away from your outdoor party. Prevent pests from bugging your guests by using citronella candles and setting out all-natural bug spray. Guests will also appreciate you making bottles of sunscreen available so they can prevent sunburns.
If you’ll have kids at your party, one fun activity would be to plan a neighborhood parade. Encourage young guests to bring bikes, big wheels, and wagons to the party. Set out crepe paper streamers, poster board, and markers for kids to use to decorate their little vehicle. Stock up on other inexpensive, patriotic décor at your local dollar store. Kids can decorate their vehicles, then parade through the neighborhood. You can also award small little prizes for the most creative decorations.
No July 4th is complete without the ceremonious fireworks display. A few days before your party, assess the best spot for fireworks. You may not have the space to perform your own fireworks show. If so, make plans for guests to view your local city fireworks display.