Location, location, location!
Will it be a backyard bash, or do you prefer to take the party off-site? Some people love to host and don’t mind the extra work that can come with it. Be realistic with yourself and your limitations, and you’re sure to be the “hostess with the mostess.”
If budget allows, renting a room or facility might be an attractive option. You won’t have to landscape or worry about guests dirtying your home this way. Parking and noise pollution are other considerations. Either way, you may need to rent some staples, like tables, seating, and other catering essentials.
Also, take the uncertainty of weather conditions into consideration. You might want to have a plan B if you have an outdoor venue in mind. While you can’t predict bad weather, you can plan for such an event with the proper setup. Many of our tent rentals have sidings available that can be closed in case of wind or rain. Don’t forget to have bug spray and sunscreen on hand so guests can enjoy the outdoors freely.
Have fun with food
It’s not a party without the grub! When you’re planning the food for any party, you’ll need to start with three main questions:
1. How much food will you serve?
2. What kind of food will you serve?
3. How will you serve the food?
How much food you need depends partly on the quantity of guests of course, but it also depends on if they’re bringing food of their own. Some people prefer a potluck dinner format, which is a great way to save time and money and allow your guests to share a family recipe. Some hosts like to provide the protein (say hamburgers/veggie burgers or BBQ) and ask the guests to bring salads, sides, desserts and/or alcoholic beverages. If this is the case, you might find it helpful to use an app to keep everything straight.
While not required, a well-executed theme can elevate a party. For example, you can play on the classic red, white, and blue motifs and incorporate a rustic, Americana theme. Decorate the tables with Mason jars filled with red and white carnations and a small American flag. Party favors, like a goody bag full of red, white and blue M&Ms are sure to be a hit. (Just be conscientious of any peanut allergies if you go with that variety.) For more ideas, be sure to check out Pinterest.
These tips and ideas are sure to help you celebrate Independence Day with a bang! For more inspiration, be sure to check out this article: How to Host a July 4th Bash that Shines as Bright as the Fireworks