Summer is here in all its blazing glory, and with this delightfully warm season comes days spent by the pool, trips to the beach, and barbecues galore. Of course, summer also brings a variety of fun occasions, including the Fourth of July. Each year, patriotic Americans spend billions of dollars celebrating with red, white and blue. If you’re planning on hosting your own Fourth of July get together, keep these tips in mind to craft a fantastic celebration family and friends will adore.
Decorating on a Budget
Fourth of July makes decorating easy. Spiff up your home for friends and family to enjoy with red, white, and blue everything. If you’re looking for decorations that won’t break the bank, head to your local Dollar Store. You can find fantastic glitter, table décor, tablecloths and more, all for under a dollar each. That’s called being budget-friendly.
Looking the Part
What’s a party without a celebratory outfit? If you want to take your patriotism to a new level, consider a red, white, and blue dress code. Guests must show up in their most American outfits. Whether it’s a white shirt with blue pants or a jaw-dropping American flag suit, make sure your ensemble reflects the majesty of our great nation—it’ll make for some fantastic pictures of your shindig.
What’s a party without some great entertainment? If your shindig counts children among its attendees, make sure to have some craft stations set up with an easy activity for little ones of all ages to enjoy. Have a teen attendee watch over the little ones to provide guidance and supervision, and enjoy the beautiful creations your youngest friends and family members come up with. Don’t forget about the young at heart! Your adult party guests should have some fun entertainment options, as well. Check out Victory Tailgate to find some fantastic backyard games. Whether you’re into corn hole, beer pong, or tumble tower, you can put your own spin on a variety of great backyard accessories sure to keep guests laughing.
Food and Drink Prep
The kitchen is the last place you should be during your party. The right food prep strategies can ensure your guests have delicious treats to choose from—without you spending the bulk of your shindig inside cooking. To streamline the process, brainstorm foods that you can cook up ahead of time. This will save you time and a great deal of stress on the day of your party. Maybe that’s chopping up all the goodies for your salad and storing them in Ziploc bags in the fridge; it could be whipping up some cookie dough to simply slice and bake the morning of the party. Want to take some of the prep work out of the equation? Consider using a food delivery service like GrubHub. Choose delicious foods your guests will love, pick a delivery time, and sit back and relax—your favorite dishes will be delivered straight to your door. Want a downhome feel? Make your party potluck-style; fire up the barbecue and have your friends and family bring some delicious sides to share. Budget-friendly and fun for everyone? Sounds like a double win.
Some Safety Tips
Anytime you have guests, it’s important to consider safety. If you have a pool in the backyard, be sure you put the proper precautions in place. If there will be children swimming, consider hiring a lifeguard for the afternoon. If you’re planning on having your shindig in the middle of the day, be sure to provide plenty of sun protection options. From sunscreen to shady umbrellas set up across the yard, make sure guests can get relief from the sun’s UV rays.
If you’re throwing a Fourth of July party, make sure your shindig includes the above. Sure to impress family and friends, these tips will ensure your mid-summer bash is one to remember for years to come.