Tips For Organizing A 4th Of July Party
If you’re hosting a 4th of July party or helping to plan one, here are some tips for making the party come off without a hitch.
- If July 4th falls on a weekday rather than the weekend, consider holding the party on another day that’s more convenient for your guests; maybe the weekend before the 4th. Also, determine where the party will be held and at what time.
- Plan your budget and how many guests will be at your party. Budget and number of people to feed will go hand in hand so try to get as accurate a number as possible for your guest list. In addition to food-related costs, don’t forget to factor in decorations, table wear and serving ware if those items will need to be purchased.
- Invite your guests. Use whatever method of invitation that you know your guests will readily see and respond to, be it email, text, phone or in person. If you need them to RSVP, let them know that.
- Create your menu. Decide if you are providing all the food or are asking guests to bring a dish or two. Make a list of who is bringing what so that you will have a nice range of food in all the major categories: appetizers, sides, mains, dessert, and beverages.
- Make sure you have plenty of ice on hand for beverages as well as to keep cold foods cold. Likewise, make sure you have plenty of propane gas or charcoal on hand if you’re using a grill.
- Make a list of items other than food that you will need for your party. This might include tables, chairs, decorations, and paper or plastic products for eating. You may also want to set up outdoor games for kids and adults. Since it’s the 4th of July, and fireworks, firecrackers or sparklers or other celebratory efforts will need to be purchased and set up according to your state, county and city codes for firework material.
- Clean and decorate your party area the day before the event. Set out everything that is practical to leave out overnight and finish the rest the day of the party. Prepare as much food as possible in the days ahead and keep them in the fridge or freezer, as appropriate.
- Keeping track of your organizational efforts is key, so make sure you have your list handy to mark and notate things accordingly. The day of the party, relax and enjoy yourself. Let your guests help, too. They will feel more a part of the party if they get to contribute, as well. Have fun and enjoy the celebration!