Starting to think about your Fourth of July party plans? When my children were small it was customary to decorate their bikes or the red wagon for parade day, apply ample amounts of sunscreen and fire up the BBQ. Whatever your family traditions are, here are some tips, tricks, and ideas to create another great celebration and start planning the ultimate Fourth of July party.
The simple words “4th of July” immediately bring to mind BBQ’s and backyard gatherings. It’s a time for friends, neighbors, and families to gather together and enjoy a relaxing day of laughter and unity. One simple way to ensure this jovial element is “RED, WHITE, AND BLUE”.
What is a 4th of July party without the decorations? Tablecloths on your picnic tables or patio furniture with bright, patriotic colors is a great way to highlight the celebration. Flags placed around your outdoor area is a great addition to any Independence Day bash. Patriotic flower arrangements in mason jars placed around eating or lounging areas create a touch of festive beauty.
An all American 4th of July party usually includes the standard BBQ of hot dogs and hamburgers, but don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. One great idea is the beloved potluck. Have all of your friends bring a dish customary to their home traditions to share with the group. It’s exciting to see what may not be a staple dish in your home but is a customary dish in the home of a friend.
Another way to do the 4th differently is choosing an alternative to the average BBQ. Why not try a smoker or natural briquettes? This also is helpful if you are looking for a chemical-free option to the fast lighting briquettes or gas range BBQs.
Keep it Cool
The month of July is commonly known for its hot summer weather. Make sure you are providing ample amounts of shade for your guests. Umbrellas, tents, and/or pavilions can provide a shady escape from the sun. Staying hydrated is key, keeping water available for guests ensures a safe and fun holiday. Placing water misters or misting fans around the yard or patio area is a great way to keep guests cool and comfortable.
The ultimate Fourth of July party is not difficult to arrange as long as the guest list consists of friends, family, and fun. Enjoy the celebration, keep cool, and stay safe this Independence Day.