Independence Day is the perfect occasion to throw a great summer party for friends and family. But don’t just settle for the same old stale party go-to options this year, make your 4th of July party one that guest won’t soon forget!
These are the must-haves for the ultimate 4th of July celebration:
Themed food is always fun for the 4th of July, but don’t feel restricted by trying to make everything red, white, or blue. Let your creative juices flow when it comes to planning a meal. Choose seasonal favorites like grilled items and fresh summer salads. Nothing is more patriotic than firing up the grill and cooking a big mound of burgers and hotdogs for friends and family. You can also grill veggies and chicken to provide healthier options as well.
If the party will be outdoors, choose ingredients wisely to avoid anything that could spoil in the hot sun. Alternatively, you can create ice baths for potato salads and other perishable dishes. Just understand that this will be more work than simply avoiding those items in the first place.
If you’re asking guests to bring food as well, organize the potluck to ensure you have a wide variety of dishes. The easiest way to do it is to provide the meat or main dish and have guests bring side dishes and desserts. However, you can play with the potluck concept to make it fun for everyone involved by creating a quirky theme or doing sweets only for an indulgent feel.
While many 4th of July parties include adult beverages, like beer, spirits, wine, and champagne, your party can have any kind of libations. Choosing refreshing options like sparkling juices and craft sodas will leave guests feeling hydrated while still providing a swanky option. Alternatively, you can go the classic route by stocking up on pop varieties. No matter what you decide to offer, ensure there are plenty of options for guests of all ages. And don’t forget the water! Bottled water is necessary for any summertime party, especially all-day gatherings.
Choose activities to keep people entertained all-day. Lawn games like corn hole are sure to bring people together. If there’s a pool or lake nearby, tell guests to bring their swimsuits and sun screen to take a dip while at the party.
If there are going to be lots of kids at your party, you can also hire family-friendly entertainment like a balloon artist, face painter, or a portable petting zoo. Older guests may appreciate a band or DJ to make the party rock.
Don’t forget evening-time activities to keep guests entertained while they wait for fireworks to start. Things like flashlight tag and glow in the dark scavenger hunts are fun for kids, while campfires are always fun for adults.
Obviously, a fireworks display is the hallmark of any 4th of July party, but you don’t have to set off your own blasts to wow guests. With as many fireworks displays as there are all around Independence Day, finding one nearby to watch isn’t hard. Just ensure that guests will have a great sightline to the fireworks before the big day. Set out blankets and chairs t make watching the display more comfortable, and don’t forget to include evening drinks and snacks for this family-favorite activity.
No matter where your party will be held, you’ll need to provide enough restrooms for guests. If you’re hosting a party at your house, it’s easy to assume that your home bathrooms will be sufficient. But, depending on how many people are invited, you may need to supplement these bathrooms with other restroom options.
Some people even choose to make their home bathrooms off-limits during a party, renting outdoor portable luxury restrooms instead for guests’ exclusive use. This option keeps people out of your house to avoid tracking in messes.
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