Have fun celebrating freedom with these 4th of July Party ideas. Do not worry too much about getting everything perfect. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make a special party. You just have to put some of these helpful tips and tricks into action and customize them according to your resources, preferences and personality.
You can beat any lavish party by putting much care into the planning.
- Write down your guest list based on your budget and start inviting them. Do this at least 2 weeks ahead. E-vites or online invitations are now the trendier and cheaper way of inviting guests, but invitations done the old way-by letters, cards or notes-can still be fun.
- Choose the party theme you want as this will have a big say on how you decorate and plan the menu. You will never go wrong with the classic patriotic theme of red, blue and white motif. Or you could go a little adventurous and try some of the party ideas below.
Party Theme Ideas
If you want to play safe, hosting a 4th of July Barbecue is the theme to go. An outdoor cookout is fun for everybody, oldies and kids alike. And with just paper plates and disposable cups, clean-up is a breeze.
Other fun and novel party ideas you could try are the 60’s hippie party where you and your friends can don the garb of the 60’s or the Luau party theme where you can decorate with leis, hibiscus and palm prints on the tablecloth, wall hangings and clothes. A Mexican 4th of July party can also be fun as you can further heat up the festivities with super-hot Mexican dishes.
You can make your lot so much easier by politely asking your friends to chip in for the food. Make it casual and simple so that your friends can bring fuss-free dishes. If you know your friends for a long time, chances are you know what each will be bringing to the party and you can simply supply what you expect to be lacking.
When it comes to 4th of July celebrations, a barbecue or cookout is generally the norm. Grilled meats, burgers and sausages will dominate the main dish line-up. Be sure to marinate your meats in zesty marinade to bring out the best flavors.
Since 4th of July celebrations are usually done by way of backyard barbecues and outdoor cookouts, the main dishes are often grilled foods like burgers and skewers. Logically, then, you should be thoughtful enough to provide healthy, easy and zesty salad options. Salads do more than provide interesting tastes and textures. They are also healthier options, serving as rich sources of nutrients and antioxidants in an otherwise fatty and meaty 4th of July menu.
Patriotic Side Dishes
With side dishes, you can very easily create an Independence Day ambiance just by getting your creative juices flowing. A little tweaking on the colors, arrangement and shapes of your side dishes will make your 4th of July celebration look really patriotic.
Serve tortilla chips, red salsa and white sour cream. Bake star-shaped cookies. Make red, blue and white jellies, gelatin flag cake and gelatin parfait with red, blue and white layers. Arrange red strawberries, white bananas and blueberries to create a no-cook fruity flag. Candy balls and gums in red, blue and white colors are a cheap trick to pull off to create a patriotic look.
Finally, for that unmistakable 4th of July finale, serve the classic eye-popping patriotic dessert– the American Flag Cake. You can make one