As the biggest bash of the year (next to New Year’s Eve) for Americans, many people around the United States will be hosting barbecues and picnics to celebrate Independence Day in just a couple weeks. From food and beverages to decorations and activities, the easy entertaining tips below will help you host a fabulous 4th of July party.
4th of July Party Ideas
If you want to host a fabulous 4th of July party that exudes class and traditional American style, skip the tacky patriotic party products and low-budget trinkets, and opt for items that denote good taste.
Vintage Americana collectibles (such as old license plates from different states, used as table decor), retro-inspired entertaining pieces (like mason jars), and hand-made decorations (such as star-shaped cut-outs) are always appealing at any 4th of July party. In addition, upscale essentials (like gourmet food) add a luxurious touch to any Independence Day affair.
4th of July Party Food
While most July 4th parties offer basic hamburgers and hot dogs (with the usual fixings, like ketchup, mustard and relish), why not take a modern spin on this old-fashioned classic, by offering sumptuous extras along with basic condiments? The Food Network shares a number of delicious recipes for unique toppings (like Hoisin Sauce with cucumbers and grilled scallions) that are definitely worth trying.
Another fab idea for a 4th of July party is to create a dessert that replicates the American flag. In less than an hour, you can easily whip up a red, white, and blue-berry cake (like this beautiful patriotic flag cake from Family Circle or this stunning strawberry cake from Martha Stewart).
4th of July Party Beverages
A fun option for beverages is an old-fashioned style malt (which is great for keeping guests cool on a hot summer day). In addition, alcohol-free beverages (like malts, premium sodas, and fresh squeezed lemonade) are good for keeping the younger party guests happy.
For the adults, instead of trying to make everyone happy by stocking a full bar (which gets expensive), serve your guests a signature cocktail (like this Honey White & Blue cocktail seen in Cosmopolitan), which can be prepared in advance of the party. Plus, it’s always advisable to have beer, white wine, and red wine on hand (for those who don’t drink hard liquor).
4th of July Party Decorations
An easy way to add some festive flair to your 4th of July party is to decorate with inexpensive (but totally fun-filled) helium balloons. A mix of standard sized 12″ latex balloons with jumbo 36″ balloons (for a major visual impact) are a fast and affordable way to elevate your party.
Opt for traditional red and white checked tablecloths (for that classic picnic feel), paper star cut-outs to decorate the tables, and miniature American flags (stuck in rustic-looking galvanized metal tubs filled with plants). You can also add fresh flowers (in red and white hues) for a classy touch.
4th of July Party Activities
Last, but certainly not least, are 4th of July party activities. To keep your party a buzz with fun and laughter, offer your guests a few games to play. Everything from outdoor activities like croquet and lawn bowling to indoor (or easy-going) activities, such as board games and playing cards, are simple and easy ways to keep your guests entertained throughout the event.
No matter how you celebrate the 4th of July, be safe and have fun. Cheers to a fabulous Independence Day!
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