4th of July weekend is right around the corner. Before you know it, someone is going to suggest you throw a party at your house! Don’t panic.
Fortunately I’ve done the homework for you, so you can easily host a of 4th of July party that your guests will enjoy and you will too! I’ve even linked the products to Amazon so you can click and ship!
Use that Prime account and in a couple of days you will have all of the party supplies you need. Just a trip to the grocery store and you’re all set!
July 4th Hosting Goals
Every hostess/host needs to enjoy their own party. With a little pre-planning and preparation, you should be able pull a party together that allows you to “set-it and forget-it”.
The ultimate goal is that your guests have everything they need and can serve themselves, while you mix and mingle with the crowd.
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Own the Theme
First, let’s start with YOU. Don’t worry about buying an outfit and rock a patriotic apron instead! There are so many cute options to choose from online, but this is what I would wear with a white T-shirt and jeans. You man can coordinate with you, if he’d like.
Easy Home Decor
Then let’s think about your house. Keep the décor simple and reuse these items for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Take only 30 minutes to set up, so you are fresh for your guests.
Here is a simple, but perfect tablescape from Celebrations At Home Blog. Sparklers included at each place setting!
For your serving table or on your kitchen island, all you need is a table runner over a white table-cloth. Add some festive pillows, plates, straws and napkins. Red, white, and blue is beautiful!
Add mini American flag toothpicks on buns and in the drinks for an extra patriotic flavor!
Disposable Serving Pieces
Who wants to do dishes? Not me! It’s worth it to buy plastic baskets and liners or even the paper baskets to have handy for any backyard BBQ. They are nostalgic and fun but really, they save time cleaning up. Just toss the liners.
Burger and Hot Dog Bar
So you can enjoy your party, set up a Burger and Hot Dog Bar for your guests. Then even your pickiest eaters can craft whatever they like!
Start with a fun chalkboard sign explaining the theme and any fun instructions you may have. You could even turn this into a competition!
Keep the condiments the same for the burgers and hot dogs. Really this is more of a condiment bar than anything! Be creative with unusual containers and labels.
Ketchup | Sriracha | Mustard |Horseradish | Mayonnaise | Chopped Onion | Lettuce | Tomatoes | Chili (Hormel canned is just fine) | Cheese Slices | Pickle Relish
Use the mini pails and tray liners for serving French fries too!
Don’t forget buns! There are really cute bun warming baskets baskets available that will fit the 4th of July theme and can also be used for other events.
Then of course you need drinks! Create a hydration station to help celebrate the 4th of July. Keep a variety of options for those that drink alcohol and those who don’t. Click the picture above for the drink recipe!
This bar cart is a phenomenal find. It has a removable tray, bottle opener, paper towel holder and rolls. What could be better and more useful for any party you throw!
To add to the variety of options use a beverage dispenser. I love the 3-dispenser option for water, tea and lemonade.
Then people can make an Arnold Palmer (half tea/half lemonade) or a John Daily (Arnold Palmer with Vodka!) Round out the drink mix with sodas, wine and beer.
If your ice maker has trouble keeping up with your guests, then try a portable ice maker. Here is a great table top version that will keep up with the demand and it even comes in red!
Non-breakable please! Acrylic tumblers and wine glasses are ideal for outdoor gatherings. We use ours daily for their practicality.
Cornhole anyone? People love this game and all ages and abilities can play. I’ve seen some mean tournaments get started. This is the perfect game if the only yard you have is a side yard or a driveway.
Last but not least serve a festive dessert with 4th of July sparklers! Since there are SO many great ideas for drink and food recipes, I created a jam-packed Ultimate 4th of July Party Planner board on Pinterest.
Happy 4th of July!