Summer is flying by, and next week is already the Fourth of July. If you have a party planned, but haven’t actually done any planning yet, we’ve got you. Here are ten tips and things to remember for your Fourth of July Party.
1. Invite People Early
There’s nothing worse than figuring out that you don’t have enough food for everyone the day of your party. Make sure to start inviting people early so you can get a better head count.
2. Enlist Help
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Planning on manning the grill? Great! Ask other people to help by bringing side dishes, plates and napkins, cups, desserts and ice, lots of ice.
3. Make a List
Get together a list of everything you need for the day of the party. Don’t forget things like folding tables, coolers, food, and toppings and condiments for the food.
4. Prepare As Much As Possible in Advance
Do some of the prep work a day or two before the party. Sauces will generally keep for at least a few days, and you can also get the grill prepped and ready so you can fire it up easily the day of.
Tip: Buying a new grill? Make sure to start putting it together at least two days before you want to use it. This gives you time to make sure you have everything and season it.
5. Give Classics a Twist
We’re all for doing brisket, ribs, and pulled pork. If you plan to do the classics like hamburgers and hotdogs, get creative with your spices and toppings. Salsas, coleslaw, veggies, and homemade relishes and pickles are great ideas for toppings.
6. Stay Hydrated
Summer is hot, so it’s important to make sure that you have adequate water and drinks for guests. Mix up an easy and festive strawberry lemonade or ice water with lemons and put them in large beverage dispenser. This will help them stay cool, and guests can help themselves.
7. Don’t Forget the Veggies
Meat is king at any cookout, but don’t forget to throw some vegetables on the grill to round out the meal. The charcoal will add a smoky flavor and charred look to the vegetables, so your guests won’t even remember how healthy they are.
8. Grab Some Fruit
Fruit is an easy and low effort dessert. You can cut it up and place out on the table. To add a twist, try out grilling fruits like peaches, pineapples, and/or watermelon to add flavor.
9. Have Something for the Kids to Do
It’s your day off too. Make sure the kids have something to do while you are cooking, hosting and enjoying time with friends. This can be as easy as getting a kickball or frisbee for the backyard or setting out coloring pages or chalk.
10. Safety First with Fireworks and Sparklers
If you are planning on shooting off fireworks or enjoying sparklers, make sure to follow all safety measures. Have a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water nearby. Keep kids and pets away from the fireworks and make sure to follow all local and state ordinances.