June 27, 2013

Host Your Own 4th of July Barbecue!

Posted by Treetopia in Decorating Tips | Entertaining Tips | Food & Wine

Barbecue on the grill and fireworks in the sky! Host an awesome party this 4th of July!

You’ve probably attended some awesome 4th of July celebrations that are just packed. Attending big Independence Day parties is great for meeting new people and celebrating without the fuss of preparing and cleaning up. However, if you don’t want to be surrounded by a big crowd this year but still want to celebrate with good food and good people, you can just host your own 4th of July party. Here’s how:

The American Flag

Spruce Up Your Décor

As we’ve often said, the perfect party décor can help your guests get into the party mood, so you really have to be particular when it comes to decorating and setting up. There are several ways to play with the red, white, and blue scheme, so don’t just display items in these colors all around your home. For instance, you can go classic and reimagine the very first Independence Day celebration. You can go simple by cutting out stars from red, blue, and white glossy paper or dusting cardboard stars with glitter in patriotic colors. You can also use Uncle Sam’s hat as a decoration.

Uncle Sam's Hat

Enjoy the Feast

Of course, more important than the décor is the food. You can go all out by creating a menu of sumptuous cuisine or go traditional by having a barbecue feast. If you don’t have much time for food preparations, you can always have a nice potluck so you also get a taste of your guests’ culinary masterpieces. Do you have a recipe in mind yet? If you’re still undecided, try out this Red, White and Bleu Slaw from Taste of Home. You can also check out this Barbecue Chicken Meatballs recipe from the We Are Not Martha blog. The Anntidote also has suggestions for July 4th Cocktails that you can serve.

Smoky Barbecued Ribs

Independence Day Games

One way to break the ice during a party is to play a game. You can have a game of chance by filling up a jar with candies and asking your guests to write their guess on the exact number of candies inside. Whoever guesses correctly wins the jar and all its treats inside. You can also test everyone’s Independence Day know-how by having a 4th of July Quiz Night. As the host of the party, you will be the quiz master and ask the guests to answer Independence Day-related questions.

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Watching the Fireworks

Do you want to celebrate July 4th safely with fireworks? You can watch a nearby fireworks display and light up some sparklers or, if you or anybody owns a projector, hook it up to your television and project the televised fireworks show.

Amazing Fireworks Display

Homeward Bound

After your party, send guests home with a simple party favor for them to remember the occasion. You can have a nice keychain made, hand out photo printouts during the party, or have a ready-made pastry box filled with cookies or other sweet treats that they can much on for their midnight snack or breakfast. As the old adage goes, “it’s the thought that counts.”

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Can you share some of your own ideas for hosting a great 4th of July barbecue?

 

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