The 4th of July is my favorite holiday. You get to spend the entire day doing nothing but playing and eating and having a good time. And the best part is, the party doesn’t end when the sun goes down, that is when things really get good! The fireworks are the icing on the cake.
On the 4th, you have three choices for what to do. You can go out to a local party, picnic, or other public event. You can go to a friend or family member’s house for a party. Or, my personal favorite, you can stay home and host a party yourself. This option offers the most opportunity for fun, and you don’t have to drive anywhere.
If you are hosting the party at your house this year, the most important thing you can do is plan ahead. That way you can spend your time enjoying the party and not tending to last minute details and preparations. Plan your decorations, food and drink menus, and even your entertainment well in advance for a stress free holiday party. These tips and ideas will help you host a great party.
4th of July Party Decorations –
One of the easiest holidays to decorate for an outdoor party is the 4th of July. You can make most of the decorations yourself, and it falls smack dab in the middle of summer when fruit is ripe and juicy and bursting with flavor. Summer fruit comes in brilliant colors including red, white, and blue, and it is just begging to be used as decorations. The best table toppers are edible ones.
For the tablecloth, you can go simple and easy and simply use a plain white one. With all the colorful decorations you will add, it is not necessary to have a colored tablecloth as well. Some of your decorations can do double duty like this cute little BBQ grill made out of a watermelon. It doubles as a serving vessel for the fabulous fruit kabobs. I love this idea; I am definitely using it at my party this year.
There are several fruits that fit the 4th of July theme. You’ve got strawberries, cherries, rhubarb, watermelon, raspberries, even blood oranges to use for the red just to name a few. For blue, you’ve got blueberries, blackberries, plums, and grapes. There are not too many white fruits. You can always use apples or dragon fruit but you can always use things like whipped cream, sour cream, and cream cheese.
You can use the fruit to not only decorate your table, since they are edible, you can also use them to decorate your food and drinks as well. So go fruity this year and serve up a healthy and beautiful party.
4th of July Party Food and Drinks –
Not only is a 4th of July party easy to decorate for, it is also relatively easy to plan a menu for. Again, the summer is the perfect time to try to plan a menu. The number of fabulous fruits and vegetables in season is mind blowing. The possibilities are endless and it is the perfect time to be creative and serve something different and yummy.
Your drink menu does not have to be boring. You can stick with the staples of beer and soda, but there are so many great fruits available this time of year, you might as well use them in your beverages and treat your guests to a crisp refreshing sangria for the adults and a homemade fruit punch for the kids. Instead of bottled water, think about making your own fruit flavored water. All it takes is a large pitcher or container, water, and fruit. You can use any fruit you want, or even a combination of your favorites. Be creative and have fun with your drinks; It is a party after all.
Feeding a hungry crowd can be a daunting task, but again, on the 4th of July, things are a little easier. Your menu is sure to be a crowd pleaser whether you are serving grilled hotdogs, or grilled shrimp. The key to a great 4th of July menu is the grilling, and your choices are virtually limitless.
You can grill hamburgers, ribs, lobster, pork chops, chicken, fish, or even things like Portobello mushrooms if you have vegetarian friends. The good thing is, since you are going to be outside anyway enjoying the party, you can cook several different things, even if they all have different cooking times.
Summer desserts are incredible. You can go super simple and serve fresh fruit with a little whipped cream, you can make a sweet strawberry shortcake or a you can serve a Jello poke cake. You can even grill fresh peaches or pineapple and serve it with a little ice cream or crème fresh. The menu possibilities are endless, the important thing to remember is to plan ahead, have fun, and don’t make it too complicated.
4th of July Party Entertainment and Fireworks–
The entertainment for a 4th of July party is as easy as the decorations and the food. Being an outside party allows for everybody to do their own thing to a certain extent. It also allows for some pretty awesome games. When it comes to outdoor games, you’ve got everything from ladder-ball to corn-hole and more. Some of the best summer games are baseball, Frisbee, lawn bowling, and horseshoes. You can also rent a bounce-house for the kids and a giant beer pong set for the adults.
One of the most important things you need to include when you are planning your entertainment is music. Every party needs music as background noise and for something to do. Spontaneous sing-a-longs and dance-offs are always a lot of fun. You need to decide if you will listen to the radio or use your phone or other device. If so, you need to make plans for how you are going to keep up your power supply and how to best amplify the sound so everyone can hear it.
The evening will undoubtedly end with a fireworks show. If you live in an area where you can shoot off your own display, make sure you buy your fireworks ahead of time and be careful. (We set my great grandma on fire once J) If you live in an area that prohibits personal displays, you can always go out and watch the local municipalities show.
Once the explosions are over and all your guests have gone home, make sure that the fireworks are not over. With the right lingerie and a little imagination, the fireworks don’t have to end when the party is over. This could be the best 4th of July ever! Be safe and Have fun!!