July 4th is one of the most celebrated American holidays of the year. Not only do people love the amazing BBQs, backyard games, and fireworks, but it is also our nations independence day celebration and freedom is a great reason to party.
Naturally, you’re going to want to be well prepared to kick off your July celebration with efficiency and success (which means good food, good drinks, good friends, and a great time). You don’t want to get stuck working instead of enjoying yourself, especially if you’re hosting a party. The key to this efficiency is to prepare as much as possible ahead of time. It’s best to always break everything down into steps which will help you progress quickly with planning and executing your July party ideas.
The first thing you should consider is shopping for a few decorations to liven up your fourth of July party. Anything with patriotic colors will work perfectly, including the basic 4th of July napkins and tablecloths you always see. Often you can use simple supplies like straws, mason jars, and confetti for easy diy projects that you or your kids can do. Experiment with different decoration ideas using colorful streamers and string lights to hang across and around the party areas including entrance pathways and anywhere else you want your guests to be chilling out. You should always hang up at least one nice sized American flag as a centerpiece to your party. You can also choose to enhance your patriotic theme by jamming to your favorite American music playlists and even cookout some delicious BBQ foods and foods with a patriotic twist. Which leads us to the next step.
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When it comes to July 4th, food and BBQ is what everyone is thinking about, and with good reason. Simply catching a whiff of the sweet aroma wafting over from your neighbors BBQ grill can tickle anyone’s palate. A good BBQ consists of hot dogs, hamburgers, maybe some chicken, steak, and grilled veggies, with all the amazing appetizers and side dishes you can think of. The fun part of doing BBQ on July 4th is getting creative with the complimentary foods, like sides, desserts, and treats to reflect the uplifting spirit of our Independence Day. The options are endless and are basically limited to what you can think of. A few great examples would be American flag cake, red white and blue trifle for strawberry and blueberry lovers, red velvet cupcakes with mini USA flags or frosting, and firecracker popsicles, ice cream, or jello for the kids. Anything watermelon would fit the theme and is also really delicious in July. For those close to your guests, you may even consider a potluck for your get together, why not let everyone contribute to the preparation and bask in the entertainment together! There is always one house on the block with the best potato salad or homemade dips and they may be flattered that you asked.
It’s fun to think about your BBQ, but planning and executing is a completely other thing all together. You will need a menu, supplies, and equipment to make everything. In order to create an efficient party where you’re not running wild trying to please everyone, you need to divide your menu into two sections. Cooked foods, and foods that will need to be cooked.
- Cooked foods includes all your sides, roasted veggies, pastries and desserts. Essentially anything that can be made ahead of time, should be. You can also immediately store these items in serving trays so they’re ready to serve after a quick mix. Using disposable serving equipment can help simplify your cleanup while also avoiding any possible accidents that may break your dishes.
- Foods that will need to be cooked are your meats. The best BBQs will add season, marinade or rub to make it scrumptious which can all be done in advance so all you have to do is throw it on the grill. Steaks, burgers, chicken, and hot dogs all cook fairly quickly so if you do this right, you can have a lot of turnover if you need to feed many mouths.
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Everyone loves games and on July 4th, we all look forward to eating, drinking, playing outdoor games, and watching fireworks. Choose iconic games that reflect our Americana style like cornhole, potato sack races, or backyard baseball. Try adding a few diy arts and crafts for a fun kids activity. It’s always fun to add trophy podium with medals for your best crafts and game winners. In the event you have a pool party, make sure you have enough pool floats to setup any water games you may be thinking of playing. You can use water balloons for a plethora of games and sports which can also be refreshing if it’s a hot July 4th.
Every July 4th is capped of with an amazing fireworks display. If you’re planning on going to your local show, ensure you know what time it begins and get there early! Whether you’re going to see a fireworks show or not, you probably will still want to include some elements of fireworks into your July 4th BBQ bash. Even something as simple as sparklers could be fun, especially if you’ll be hanging around a firepit eating s’mores once the sun sets.
Creating a Memory
The best part about an awesome experience is being able to remember it. Whether you decide to go all out or not for your party is totally up to you, but you will still want to remember the good times. The easiest ways to recall the memories that put a smile on your face is with tangible items that associate your memory to the past experience. This is why it’s always a best practice to gift party favors to your guests regardless of how extensive your party is. You will also want to take some quality candid photos (and some official ones) throughout your July 4th event. This is not the type of event you hire a professional photographer for so you would only need the “right” camera, not the most expensive camera. The Polaroid Originals GO Mini Instant Camera is perfect for capturing all the silly things that can happen during a July 4th party, and can print images instantly for everyone to share and enjoy right away.