How to Throw the Best 4th of July Bash
A 4th of July party can be the highlight of the summer. If you want to be the talk of the block, making your party unique and fun can help guarantee a fun-filled day. Planning in advance is the key to a good party. Make your budget and set aside a little bit of money each week to help make sure your party isn’t a budget buster.
Send your invitations out a few weeks in advance. Choose whether you want to buy your invitations, or print them yourself. Make the invitations stand out; you could print a flag and write the information on the white stripes, or put fireworks on the cards.
Make fun centerpieces with mason jars, flowers, and pinwheels. Use streamers, lights, and colored pompoms to decorate your house and backyard. Use things from around your house to avoid spending too much. Another good place to look for cheap decorations is the dollar store. Place red, white, and blue candies in vases and bowls to add a fun, edible decoration.
Consider making the party a potluck, and then everyone who comes will be able to make a contribution. The classic 4th of July foods are, of course, hamburgers, hotdogs, and potato salad. You can decorate a sheet cake with white frosting, blueberries, and raspberries in the shape of a flag.
Make sure you have activities for the adults, as well as kids. A game of horse shoes, corn hole, or yard golf can be fun for all ages. Set up sprinklers and a slip-in-slide for people to stay cool. If you have a pool, make sure someone is assigned to keep an eye on everyone, and to ensure young children don’t slip underwater undetected.
Play patriotic or other fun music during the party. You can even ask friends to bring a mix CD with their favorite songs to play.
Fireworks are often the perfect ending to a 4th of July party. Check your local ordinances to see if you are allowed to light fireworks in your own yard. If you can’t light fireworks, or if the danger of lighting fireworks is not for you, consider carpooling to the closest area where fireworks will be set off.