How to Throw a Great 4th of July Party
With the 4th of July weekend coming up, everyone is making plans to celebrate. One great way to celebrate is to have a backyard barbeque party with family and friends. Party planning can make holidays stressful, so check out the following tips to guarantee a great time:
Celebrate with Purpose:
Most 4th of July parties will have a “Red, White, and Blue” theme. Guests will usually enjoy the American cuisine of hotdogs and hamburgers from the grill. There will probably be fireworks and fun.
While all of these things have become synonymous with “America”, your guests will have even more of a reason to celebrate if you remind them explicitly why they are. This is the anniversary of our freedom. Take a moment to toast to this fact, play the national anthem, or find some other way to remind guests about the history behind the holiday.
Prepare for the Worst:
July is famous for its high heat, sweltering humidity, and crazy thunderstorms. A well planned party has the potential to handle all three. In an ideal circumstance, a great hosting spot would have a pool, tent, and spacy indoor area to accommodate guests in all sorts of weather. However, if your party has a budget, there are still options to combat extreme weather.
Tips for heat:
- Set up stations where guests can play with water balloons or water guns
- Set up a sprinkler
- Have plenty of coolers with cold drinks, and pass out water to guests to keep everyone hydrated
Tips for Rain:
- Clean up any available indoor areas in case some guests want to come inside
- Invite everyone to bring their swimsuits and enjoy the storm
- Buy a bunch of cheap plastic ponchos to offer to guests who are working on the grill
- Include a rain check on the invitation
Turn Up the Tunes
Having music at any party is important. It will pump guests up to celebrate, encourage dancing, and ensure that there are no awkward silences. Make your life easier by setting up a playlist on Pandora. Or, if you are a country fan, just turn up the local country station on your radio. They will be sure to play the most patriotic songs they have all day!
Remember to Enjoy
Sometimes the hostess forgets to enjoy the party herself because she is so busy making sure that the party runs smoothly. The great thing about the 4th of July is that it’s a laid back holiday. There won’t be any three-course meals, linen tablecloths, or stuffy guests. The music, food, and good company are more than enough to keep the guests happy. Grab a plate, and enjoy!
About the Author: Norah Kearney
I am currently a senior at Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. I’m working on my BA in English with a focus on creative writing. I plan to use my degree for writing, editing, teaching, or a bit of all three.
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