Planning the Perfect 4th of July BBQ

4th of July

The 4th of July is a great time for family and friends to enjoy a warm summer day and come together as we celebrate America’s birthday. While patriotic parties are perfect for laid back fun, it can be stressful if you’re the host. Follow these easy tips and you’ll enjoy your party as much as your guests.

Plan Ahead

The most important strategy is to plan ahead. Stock up on everything red, white and blue, a month in advance. Make sure you have extra napkins, plates, cups and utensils on hand just in case the number of guests exceeds your anticipated count. Use tablecloths and centerpieces to transform that old picnic table into a patriotic place setting or a beautiful buffet table. If the wind is blowing, fill a few clear bottles with water and add a couple drops of red or blue food coloring and place the bottles on the edge of your tables. These table weights are a clever way to keep your tablecloth in place. Also, make sure you have extra propane or charcoal, so you don’t have to run to the store when the hamburgers are halfway done! Planning ahead with plenty of patriotic party supplies is key for an enjoyable party.

Set the Scene

Make sure your back yard is decked out in style. Red, white and blue bunting can jazz up your fence. Use small American flags to line a patio, pool or sidewalk. Don’t forget costumes and novelty jewelry to get your guests into a festive spirit! Get plenty of red, white and blue necklaces, some patriotic tattoos, leis and a stack of Uncle Sam hats to top things off! Don’t forget bowls of candy to keep patriotic spirits bright!

Keep Guests Entertained

Be sure you have plenty of activities planned to keep guests entertained. Small toys, patriotic stickers and patriotic crafts are great ways to engage everyone before the fireworks to begin. Know the age range of children that will be attending and make sure you have activities catered to different age levels.

When you send invites, ask guests to bring blankets, pillows and throws, so as day turns to night, your guests can layout in the yard and prepare for the grand finale. You can supply some sparklers so younger guests and can light up the night. Make sure to have adult supervision and a bucket of water near just to be safe.

With some imagination and planning, you’re sure to have a 4th of July BBQ guests will remember for years to come!