With the Fourth of July about two weeks away, we’re scrambling to plan the best 243rd birthday party to celebrate America. We’ve gathered our best last-minute party tips plus inspiration for outdoor furniture, decor, and even a few recipes to salute our Stars and Stripes.
This may seem like a no-brainer but in all of your party planning, it’s super easy to forget to proudly hang your flag. Use a massive option for simple porch decor or lots of little flags tucked into flowers, coolers, or anywhere there’s room. Play American themed music like fun renditions of God Bless America, classics like American Girl, or newer options like Party In The USA (is it really a party if you don’t play Miley?).
Use What You’ve Got
Before you rush to the store, take a look around. The teal and red straws give us the same 4th of July feels as buying straws in the perfect shade of blue would. Utilize leftover birthday and holiday goodies as you’re able and then fill in the rest with new items. Same goes for decor you already own in red, white, or blue.
Cook What You Love
If standing at the grill for hours doesn’t thrill you, skip the burgers this year. If cooking at all is the opposite of how you’d like to observe the holiday, call in for pizza or have everyone bring a dish. Make your favorite dessert, stockpile on drinks, and call it a day.
Let The Kids Help
Yep, you read that correctly. If you have little ones, give them paper and crayons in the appropriate hues and have them make sweet signs and banners. Will they be perfect? Nope. Will everyone think they’re super sweet and adorable decorations? Yes! Plus, as a mega bonus, this will keep tiny hands busy whilst you bake. Win-win, friends.
Let The Games Begin
Incorporate outdoor games like cornhole and giant jenga, get athletic by playing volleyball or baseball, or split into teams for relay races, egg tosses, or scavenger hunts. If that’s way too involved for you, leave out packs of cards, dominoes, and sidewalk chalk for easy, low-key fun.
If All Else Fails
If you’ve really procrastinated and guests are practically on their way, go super simple. Red, white, and blue balloons will cover decor, hot dogs and potato salad take no time at all, watermelon is the world’s fastest dessert, and bottled drinks will save your day. Don’t forget about local event options like parades, races, and fireworks, of course. As far as your outfit goes, well, you’re on your own.
We’re wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July from all of us at HHC Living!
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