Hosting a patriotic Fourth of July party is a great way to bring your friends, family and neighbors together to celebrate our country's independence. This summertime holiday lends itself to a casual, outdoor get together with classic American food and festivities. Consider the following tips when party planning, and the event is sure to be a hit.
Make sure your guests are in the party spirit from the get-go by selecting the right party invitations. Look for invitations with traditionally patriotic colors or scenes that point to your summer celebrations, like fireworks, hot dogs and American flags.
There are lots of great options when it comes to hosting a Fourth of July party. The least expensive option is right at home. Nothing says summer celebration like a good, old fashioned backyard barbecue. All you need are some folding chairs, picnic tables or an outdoor table set. Not thrilled about having a bunch of people in and around your home? A nearby park would offer plenty of green space, although there may be a crowd due to the holiday. If you're worried about the weather or summer pests, move your party into your home or a favorite neighborhood restaurant for air conditioned fun.
Red, white and blue are the colors of the day, so incorporate them in as many ways as you can, from the table cloths to the dinner napkins. Use fresh flowers as table centerpieces and highlight the arrangement with miniature American flags. The decor doesn't have to be all red, white and blue and American flags, however. Look for other classic symbols of Americana to create the perfect atmosphere at your party. Think classic muscle cars, rock and roll, baseball, Rosie the Riveter and historic American landmarks.
No Fourth of July party would be complete without great food. As guests arrive, treat them to light appetizers like a fruit tray, chips, dip and other easy snacks. When it's time for dinner, stick to classic crowd favorites like barbecue, hot dogs and burgers, and don't forget about the sides—potato salad, baked beans and French fries. Top off your dinner with a scrumptious desert, like fruit cobbler and ice cream.
Keep things light and crisp when it comes to your party drinks. Fruit based punches, tea and lemonade are all cool, refreshing choices. If you plan on serving alcohol, many guests will appreciate a selection of beers and fruity cocktails.
If your Fourth of July celebration falls on the same day that your city is hosting its firework display, make sure your guests will have a good view of the fireworks if your party is still going strong. If you don't have a view from your party locale, then arrange a group trip to a prearranged viewing spot. You should also know your city's regulations when it comes to shooting off your own fireworks. Young guests—and even grownups—may come prepared with bottle rockets, roman candles and other fireworks. Make sure you have a safe place to set them off and that you aren't violating any neighborhood codes.