The Fourth of July celebrates the day the U.S. officially declared its independence. Because of this proclamation, families and friends across the country have a reason to come together during the summer and grill foods, sit around the campfire and watch the fireworks set off. If you’re throwing this year’s big get-together, there are a few things you need to prepare before the arrival of your guests. Here are a couple of ways to celebrate and decorate for your Fourth of July party.
Tips for Celebrating the 4th of July
Gathering with your loved ones outside is always enjoyable, but you can make the party even more fun and entertaining with these three tips:
- Host a Potluck Party
Instead of putting all of the work on yourself, why not ask your guests to bring dishes and throw a potluck party? You can handle the grilled meats and have your friends and family sign up for a side dish or dessert.
- Light up the Day with Game and the Night With Sparklers
You may be scheduling the party around the neighborhood fireworks, but you can ring in the celebration by handing out sparklers for your guests! This is especially fun for the kids, so make sure you have enough to keep them busy. Speaking of the little ones, don’t forget to set out lawn games to keep them entertained for the night. Cornhole, bocce ball, ladder toss and horseshoes are classics that the whole family can enjoy.
- Prepare a S’mores Bar
Fireworks and sparklers are not the only fun things that come out when the sun goes down – so do the s’mores! Instead of setting out the traditional graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, give your guests something to talk about by creating a s’mores bar. Gather an assortment of chocolate bars and different flavored crackers and marshmallows to mix it up this year. Don’t forget to provide the sticks for marshmallow roasting!
Tips for Decorating on the 4th of July
What’s a Fourth of July party without the patriotic decorations? Here are a few subtle touches that can make a big statement at the get-together:
- Hang Red, White and Blue Decor
From colorful table covers to traditional American flags, there are so many great ways to decorate for your outdoor party. Hang a red, white and blue banner or flag over the fence during the barbecue, and then moving it to the mantel or in the garage if the party makes it way inside by the end of the night. Have you ever considered repurposing those Christmas lights that stay in the basement until December? Or if you want a more traditional color palette, buy a few strings of red, white and blue and arrange the lights in a way that makes them look like they were made for the summer holiday.
- Make a Patriotic Spread
After your guests bring their dishes for the potluck dinner, accessorize the table with a gorgeous patriotic spread. You can set out a tray of strawberries, blueberries and marshmallows on the dessert table, and create a platter of crackers, sliced red peppers, fresh mozzarella and bleu cheese for the veggie lovers. The options are endless; there are dozens of fun and creative ways to show off your patriotism with foods!
If you want to give the adults something to talk about, why not craft your own outdoor bar stocked with liquors, mixers and additives for a patriotic cocktail? Encourage guests to try a delicious vodka drink with a splash of grenadine and blue curacao.
- Don’t Forget the Patriotic Flowers
What’s a patriotic table without a gorgeous Independence Day centerpiece? Order a few holiday bouquets like the Red, White and You arrangement, Beautiful in Blue and America the Beautiful. Each gorgeous bunch of flowers represents the U.S. effortlessly and can be used as a Fourth of July decoration. You can also send one of these bouquets to a loved one who’s a veteran or currently serving in the military.