July fourth weekend may have already begun, but if you haven’t finished planning your July fourth party, there’s no need to panic. It’s possible to create a festive July fourth party, even at the last minute – and I’ve got 5 inexpensive ideas that can help you turn a regular barbecue into a memorable Independence Day feast. So before you run out to buy American flag-themed napkins or complicated fireworks, read on to find 5 July fourth party ideas that may be useful this year and in years to come.
- Decorate with food – Who needs streamers or decorative flags when you can let your food decorate your July fourth party? Use strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to create delicious and cheerful desserts, or spread them out as table decorations on a white tablecloth. Other foods in appropriate colors include whipped cream, jello, and mayonnaise and ketchup swirled in a blue serving dish. Red, white and blue jelly beans or sweet potato and yucca chips mixed with blue potato chips (I recommend the Terra brand) can also perk up any table.
- 50’s theme – The US has 50 states…why not use this as a basis for a 50’s themed July fourth party? Break out your poodle skirt, prepare some root beer floats and serve cheeseburgers instead of typical barbecued hamburgers. For extra excitement, set up a move projector and recreate the drive-in movie experience in your own backyard.
- Go small – Instead of serving your typical barbecue food, why not make everything in bite-sized pieces? Think about making mini hot dogs, mini hamburgers, buffalo wings instead of roasted drumsticks, and mini muffins instead of cupcakes. Smaller foods allow guests to taste everything you’ve made without over-eating, and will avoid the need for clumsy cutting if you’re having a buffet.
- Diversify your menu – Celebrate our great country by making dishes that are indigenous to different states. Serve creole, Philly cheesesteaks, cornbread and cobbler. If you’re having relatives or friends who have lived in other states, ask them to bring their favorite native food to share the taste of America with the rest of your guests. This is also a great way to minimize the work of hosting the July fourth party.
- Let the games begin – If you’re inviting children to your July fourth party, offering games is a great way to keep them entertained and out of trouble. Consider a game of capture the American flag, American flag relay races or a game of American flag football.
Happy Independence Day!