The invitations are sent, the burgers are ready to be flipped on the grill but how are you going to make your 4th of July party extra special? Here are the Top 10 essentials to make your party a night to remember.
1. The Dessert Table
In my mind, the dessert table (or dessertscape) is the most exciting part of any party! One of my friends asked me if our decorations would be straight from Pinterest. I prefer to keep things simple and easy with extra touches that pack a punch. Stick some Twizzlers in box-made cupcakes and call them “firecracker cupcakes.” Little flags, patriotic sprinkles, and fun signage are always a nice touch too.
A large plastic (or glass) container with red, white, and blue gumballs balance out the two smaller containers of jelly beans. Edible table embellishments are the ultimate two-fer. Open, pour, and in 3.5 seconds you have a fun dessertscape!
2. Seasonal Fruit
If you don’t want to spend the time making one of those berry and marshmallow flag skewers that seem to be the 4th of July standard all over Pinterest, pour some berries in a patriotic dish. Done and done!
3. Napkins That Are Not a Flag Print
I’m all about the flag everywhere. But a flag print on a napkin… where it will be wiping your face and food and crumbled up… not so much. Step away from the tacky and inappropriate flag napkins and find some napkins instead in fun patriotic colors and patterns that are unexpected.
4. Props and/or a DIY Photo Booth.
We hung a heavy piece of navy blue star fabric for a “photo booth” and added some silly props in a basket. Mamma is modeling her favorite.
5. Theme-ish Beverages
One of my favorite things to do for each party we throw is to find some fun seasonal wine and beer. For the 4th of July party, you can serve JarHead wine and wine from The Great American Wine Company with colors in red, white, and blue. Who has time to make your own party labels for the wine when there are so many great choices out there?!?!?
I don’t know what it is, but there is something so much fun about seasonal straws in a Mason Jar. I place an order with my Straw Girl and voila – instant happiness! Wait… what is that you are saying? You don’t have a Straw Girl? You are welcome to find mine HERE.
Whether they are in stand-alone Mason Jars, or organized in a vintage crate, straws add so much flair to your beverage table.
7. A Good Cause
People are programmed to be polite and respectful guests and show up with hostess gifts. We prefer to ask our guests to “Please show up empty handed and if you are feeling generous, please consider a donation to…” The military organization that we support is the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and they even sent us some swag to give away!
You can’t celebrate the 4th of July without sparklers! Just be careful… PLEASE!
9. All-American Playlist
You need the perfect playlist for the perfect party! Be sure to include upbeat songs that everyone can enjoy, and include a mix of patriotic songs, modern songs the kids will enjoy, and the “oldies but goodies” that everyone loves and can sing along to.
10. S’Mores and Toasting Marshmallows
Last but not least… need I say more?
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What about you? What are your favorite items to make a memorable 4th of July party?
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