Beyond the Toga: 4th of July

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4th of July is everyone's favorite excuse to day drink and come to work hung over the next morning. To celebrate America’s Independence Day check out our party tips that will take any BBQ/kegs n’ eggs from plain to poppin’!

Get Prepped 

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and dip just aren’t going to cut it. Instead, spice things up with cool burger toppings like guacamole, tomatillo salsa or spicy chipotle mayonnaise. And be sure to serve one of these flavorful spreads: artichoke hummus, blackbean dip, or creamy bleu cheese dip. Now for tie in the patriotic colors, try making desserts like strawberry and blueberry fruit skewers (maybe add some marshmallows for the full patriotic effect) or red white and blueberry cupcakes.  For the drinks, in addition to your All Americana beer spread, you can tie in the theme with a patriotic margarita.

Too much of the oh-so familiar red white and blue is going to be an eye sore—so keep it simple. Pick up hanging lanterns or tiki torches to light up the night. Buy red and blue beads or leis and then go for the red and blue Solo cups and plates.

And no 4th of July is complete without fireworks. Find out if your local high school, park or city hall is setting off fireworks, so everyone can plan accordingly (what time to leave, having a designated driver, etc.). Don’t want to leave the party? Opt for sparklers. They’re easy to use and a lot of fun.

Get Dressed

The best part about July 4th is the interpretation of what it means to be an 'American.' Dress in your favorite trashy Americana garb if you want to capture the "Amuricuh" essence. I'm talking wife beaters, ripped jeans and a tacky hat or a bandana. Or you could go for the classier look, with these great pieces from H&M, Madewell and Urban Outfitters: White and Blue Striped Top with Red Pants, Tried and True Blue Glasses and Canvas Shoes.

Get Set Up 

Get your grill going early. Make sure to stock up on charcoal, lighter fluid, etc. The last thing you want is a shortage on food or beer—ask friends to bring the desserts or make your party BYOB. With good music, food and friends, what more could you ask for on a Monday?

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