By Deanna Talwalker
Party Planner Extraordinaire
It’s almost time for America’s birthday! There’s no better way to celebrate than with a festive, patriotic themed Fourth of July party. Throwing a casual, fun Independence Day party is a great way to celebrate all the great parts of the summer. Add a little red, white, and boom to your party with these Fourth of July party tips!
Fourth of July fare usually includes lots of grilled goodies. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue are great choices. If you’re hosting an outdoor event, skip mayonnaise and cream based sides. Instead opt for pasta salads, vinegar based slaw, corn on the cob, and fruit salad. Let fresh in-season produce, such as corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon, take center stage in your dinner menu.
For Independence Day drinks and dessert, let patriotic colors be the star. A delicious, flag inspired kids’ drink is to layer blue Gatorade, Sobe Pina Colada, and cranberry apple juice. The adults can enjoy a red, white and blue Sangria. A festive dessert, such as Star Spangled Cherry Pie, will be a show stopper at your party.
Casual, rustic looks are perfect for a July 4th party. If you’re hosting a fairly intimate affair, try placing an outdoor table underneath a big tree. You can hang festive decorations, like tissue pom-poms, paper starbursts, or twinkling lights from the tree branches.
Make your holiday table a little extra special with red, white, and blue spirited table top décor. Rustic elements, like mason jars, brown paper bags, and burlap, will casually dress up your party table. Other components included here are red and white gingham napkins, blue woven placemats, a burlap runner, chips served in brown bags with decorative tags and soda bottles decorated with ribbon.
Remember to prevent pests from bugging your guests by using citronella candles and setting out all-natural bug spray. Guests will also appreciate you making bottles of sunscreen available to prevent sunburns.
If you’re having kids at the party, one fun activity is to plan a neighborhood parade. Encourage young guests to bring bikes, big wheels, and wagons to the party. Set out crepe paper streamers, poster board, and markers for kids to use to decorate their little vehicle. Stock up on other inexpensive, patriotic décor at your local dollar store. Kids can decorate their vehicles, then parade through the neighborhood. You can also award small prizes for the most creative decorations.
No July 4th is complete without the ceremonious fireworks display. A few days before your party, assess the best spot for fireworks. If you don’t have space to perform your own fireworks show, make plans to visit your local city fireworks display.