America’s birthday arrives just when we’re all getting into the summer groove, giving us the perfect occasion for celebrating with family and friends. If you’re thinking about hosting a Fourth of July bash, of course, you want to create a fun, memorable event for your guests. Here are some of the best ways to make your party the talk of the season:
Show your patriotic spirit: Incorporate red, white, and blue themed décor to establish a Fourth of July atmosphere. This works whether you’re going upscale or DIY—dishware, napkins, string lights, balloons, or streamers can all be worked into this traditional color scheme in whatever proportions and combinations appeal to your esthetic. And don’t forget the flowers! Red, white, and blue wildflowers in galvanized metal containers or mason jars can convey a rustic vibe, while formal arrangements work perfectly for fancier affairs.
Plan your space: Independence Day parties are great opportunities to hang out with your friends, chat, and enjoy great food and drinks—if you have enough comfortable places to sit and convenient places to set down your glass and plate. Check your guest list against your indoor and outdoor spaces and make sure you have plenty of tables and chairs to go around. (Party rental companies can help you out if you don’t already have enough.)
Fire up the grill: Summer parties are perfect occasions for grilling out, since you’re likely to be outside enjoying the warm weather anyway. All kinds of menus lend themselves to tasty preparation on the grill, from marinated veggies and gourmet kebabs to burgers and hot dogs. This is also a great way to go if you’re having an open-house style party, where not everyone is sitting down to eat at the same time. You can prep food ahead of time and pop it on the barbecue as needed.
Strategize to beat the heat: Hot, sunny days can come with unpleasant side effects if you’re not careful. Avoid dehydration and sunburn by providing shady spots to sit, places to retreat indoors for a shot of air conditioning, and refreshing beverages. Set up a station with sunscreen (and perhaps bug repellent, if the mosquitos are out) for your guests to use in case they forgot theirs at home or need to reapply.
Don’t forget the fireworks: What’s the Fourth of July without fireworks? If your party is nowhere near the local display, don’t worry. You can tune in fireworks on TV, such as the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks on NBC, and enjoy a fantastic view without fighting the traffic and crowds. New York state law, and particularly New York City law, place strict limits on the use of any consumer fireworks, so you’re probably best leaving the pyrotechnics in the hands of the experts.
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