Good ole Fourth of July: the official day to party in America. No better way to spend time with family and friends than to celebrate America’s birthday. Though, just like any holiday, hosts must prepare and invitees must contribute. If you plan your shopping list right, this party will go down without a hitch. And who doesn’t like to get compliments when hosting?
Whether you’re hosting or planning to show up with a pack of beer, here’s a list to prepare you for your star-spangled day:
Arguably, the most important part of a Fourth of July party. You need to serve appetizers, major protein game at the grill and desserts. Try opting for the most American snacks such as chips and dip, veggies and ranch and some kind of cut up melon (preferably watermelon). You could also make an easy charcuterie board if you feel so inclined. Yet, the grill stands as the backbone of this party. You better have burgers, hotdogs and bratwursts (for those sausage lovers who want more flavor and bigger bites). For desserts stick with your usual brownies, cookies and Rice Krispy treats that you can easily pawn off on your guests to bring. You can even go for nostalgic rocket popsicles!
2. Legal Fireworks
Depending on where you live, big boy fireworks might be illegal. Not to worry though, you can find plenty of fun legal fireworks that make for great photos. You could grab some classic sparklers that our phone cameras and hearts love. Pop-its exist for the menaces of society to throw at other’s feet or for those of us who love the stimulus and could throw them at the ground for hours. Nothing beats the cuteness of mini confetti poppers or their annoying clean up. Another honorable mention: Snake fireworks. These hidden gems come in small pucks and once you catch them on fire they grow into a long squiggly shape. Much like the elephant toothpaste experiment but in firework form.
3. Portable Speaker
You can’t forget the toons! Music adds that special ambiance that all parties need. Huge bonus if you own a portable and waterproof speaker. Accidents always happen, so always prepare for any spills or pools. You can even create a playlist where you and your friends can add songs too. It’ll make it inclusive for everyone and don’t forget to sneak in a few American classics for Independence Day like Party in the USA by our childhood bestie Miley Cyrus.
4. Yard Games
Yard games always makes the mood energetic and they help avoid awkward small talk, especially if your guests don’t know each other. You can decide what vibe you want through the games, plus a little competition never hurt anybody. If you want a chill and easy-going vibe, bring out a game of bags/cornhole. Looking for a non-physical game? A jumbo Jenga will serve you well. And, of course, for your overly competitive guests set up volleyball, badminton or Spikeball. Even a good ole game of water pong can get intense with the right crowd.
Ah yes, the not-so-secret reason everyone loves to celebrate the Fourth of July. But really, you should include a drink station with water and nonalcoholic beverages too for those under 21. We love an inclusive host. The best way to go about your drink station is to contain premade drinks in dispensers (nonalcoholic or not). You can get creative and make themed drinks like a red, white and blue wine spritzer or a blue lagoon cocktail. Classic jungle juice also gets the job done with, well, a jungle of many alcohols and juices. If you really want to go the extra mile? Make red, white and blue jello shots. Trust me your guests will rave about it!