Parties are a blast! Unless you are the one throwing the shindig. While a Fourth of July is still fun, as the party host you must first:
Plan the menu
Clean your house
Cook the food
Meet your guests’ needs
Be an accommodating host/hostess
Clean up afterwards
Here are 4 simple Fourth of July party tips that can make your day less stressful and more fun for everyone.
#1 - Buy Patriotic Decorations That Last
Yes, you can pick up thin, paper July 4th decorations that will (maybe) last for the day of your party. However, you’ll need to purchase more decorations next year because most of these bargain-level banners, flags, and whatnot won’t survive being stored in a hot attic or closet for 12 months.
#2 - Create Plenty of Shade
It’s hot in July! If you don’t have a covered patio or deck and/or your yard lacks the natural shade, create some. Umbrellas to the rescue! Available in all sorts of materials and styles, these can stand alone or cover a table to offer a cool respite. You can also hang outdoor curtains to block morning or afternoon “sideways” sunbeams.
#3 - Make Guests Comfortable
It’s time to count. How many people can your outdoor space seat? Not everyone will sit at the same time (except if you’re serving a sit-down meal). A good rule of thumb is to have one seat for every two people you invite. This can include outdoor furniture, outdoor dining furniture, hammocks, swings and any other type of seat.
#4 - Get Ready to Eat
Table-and-chair sets are a no-brainer because they easily accommodate guests as they enjoy your delicious meal. But there are other fun ways to eat at a casual party including spreading blankets on the ground for a picnic feel and more. Choose a blanket that is weather resistant on one side.
When you start planning your July 4th party, do a quick survey to make certain you have everything in place, so you and your guests have a memorable Independence Day celebration!