Most gatherings have already been moved outside this summer, but the Fourth of July will always reign as the top backyard bash. If you’re celebrating with just your family or if it’s a socially distant party with friends, here are some got-to-know tricks and must-have grill out essentials to make your celebration even more spectacular.
Have a festive signature drink.
Party like it’s 1776 with a house cocktail. Although brats and burgers always go well with a brew (keep plenty of those on hand as well), a fun signature drink is a spirited way to welcome guests as they arrive. Keep it seasonal and refreshing with fresh mint or fruit such as watermelon or pineapple. Here are some libations that will get everyone in the party spirit. Remember to have nonalcoholic options for guests as well!
Tip: This may seem obvious, but make sure you have plenty of ice. You know in The Little Rascals when Darla says “He makes me melt like a popsicle on the Fourth of July?” Well, the same goes for ice. A rule of thumb is one pound of ice per person per hour.
Think outside the grill.
While the grill is heating up, have plenty of light munchies and snacks for guests to serve themselves. This is especially important if there are kids at the party. Nora Fleming’s triple dish bowl is the perfect piece to serve ready-to-go snacks. Also, what’s a party without a charcuterie board? And think beyond just cheddar and summer sausage. Board Bash Cheese & Charcuterie creates standout charcuterie and grazing boards for every event. They are almost too beautiful to eat!
Although the grilled entrées will be the star of the show at any BBQ, you need a spectacular spread of sides to go with. Have the classic cookout sides including potato salad, corn and coleslaw, but also offer options on the lighter side including a tomato and watermelon salad.
Have fun with your tablescape and décor.
Show your patriotic pride with a cheery tablescape. You can’t have too much red, white and blue decorations and don’t be afraid to play with patterns. The Fourth of July is a fun and casual gathering so reflect that in your décor. You don’t have to spend a ton of money either, as there are a lot of DIY and craft options available.
Tip: Have flowers, flowers and more flowers. Even the simplest arrangements with gerbera daisies and mums will create a bright and festive centerpiece. Put a mini arrangement in the guest bathroom as well.
A party is usually successful because the hostess with the mostess was prepared for anything. From a well-thought-out playlist to anticipating the guests’ needs, below is a list of ways to prepare.
- Your guests might be staying the entire day and into the night, so make sure to prepare for anything they need. This will save you the stress of running around the house and rummaging through cabinets to find something fast. Keep everything in a basket near the entertaining space so guests can help themselves. We suggest sunscreen, bug spray, towels and bandaids.
- A good playlist can get anyone in the party mood. Do your research to find the perfect Spotify playlist or make your own!
- What’s a BBQ without a hot grill? Make sure to have extra cooking fuel just in case.
- Small talk can only last so long, so make sure to have other activities available for guests. Here are some fun and festive lawn games!