What better way to celebrate Independence Day than by hosting a backyard BBQ? These parties don’t require much planning. But having a general outline before you begin purchasing your supplies will make it even easier. We’ve gathered everything you need to pull off a quick and easy party with this list of ideas to throw a memorable 4th of July BBQ.
It’s easier to plan a party when you have a theme in mind before you begin buying your food and party supplies. With the 4th of July, patriotism is a common theme. You can find cheap patriotic party supplies, such as plates, cups, and napkins at your dollar or party store. In a hurry? Search online and spend $0 on patriotic party printables to really liven up your backyard gathering.
What do you BBQ? Meat of course! And food is probably the most important aspect of planning a BBQ. Therefore, take time to think about what meat you’re barbecuing. Even if you’re hosting a potluck style affair, plan a good meat for the Char-Broil Thermos 3-Burner Gas Grill from Buydig.com. Try setting up a burger or hotdog bar with all the favorite toppings. If you choose to serve ribs, steak, chicken, or fish instead, you can still create a nice food arrangement using cheap reusable bowls and platters from your local dollar store.
Creative fruit displays are a sure-fire way to make your 4th of July BBQ stand out. Continue your patriotic theme with red, white, and blue fruit kabobs.
If you like the idea of easy grab-and-go appetizers and sides, create single serve seven layer dip cups, or perhaps individual containers filled with carrot and celery sticks. Wanting more variety? Skewer some asparagus or bacon wrapped scallops to throw on the Blackstone Cast Iron Kabob Grill from Buydig.com for a mouthwatering side dish.
Get creative with your drink recipe or display. Try serving a summery watermelon lemonade or blue long island ice tea. If you have a kiddie pool on hand, dump some soft drinks, waters, and beer in a ‘pool’ of ice, and you got your backyard BBQ drinks easily accessible in a fun and creative way.
Dress up your utensils for an ultra-special attention to detail. Try this easy-to-assemble red, white and blue napkin wrap idea.
Create the right mood with the right music. Use your portable Bluetooth wireless speaker or sound system for use outdoors. Make sure you provide music that’s tailored to your audience to set the right party atmosphere.
Providing activities is always a win when entertaining guests for a BBQ. It allows your friends to really enjoy themselves and the day. Some all-time favorite outdoor games include corn hole, horseshoes, beer pong, yard darts, and volleyball. For the calmer crowd, offer cards, shuffleboard, or golf toss.
Kids need a lot of stimulation and activities to keep a party going strong well into the evening. Provide kid friendly outdoor games with a kid’s table full of activities, or a backyard movie under the stars to ensure that everyone has a good time. Add some portable treats to the mix like rice cereal treats on a stick, homemade coconut water and fruit popsicles, and some drinks in a mini cooler.
There you have it! Your short list of ideas to throw 4th of July BBQ that looks like it took weeks to plan.