Each year we celebrate America's Independence on July 4th. Seeing fireworks and attending parties are fun ways to Celebrate Independence Day. Unfortunately, planning a party is hard work and many people don't know where to start. Luckily, you can start easily, step by step, with this article.
The very first thing you need to do is tell people that you are having a party. You can send them an email, invitation in the mail, or Call them. You will need to tell guests things such as:
- When to RSVP by
- Date & Time of the party
- Attire (casual, swim wear, etc.)
- Things to bring (food, games, etc.)
- A little information (location, type of food, entertainment, etc.)
- Location (a park, your house, etc.)
- Anything else you believe is necessary
The next thing you'll need to do is pick a location. Will it be at someone's house or at a public place such as a park? Keep this in mind when planning fireworks. You don't want to have a party in a house that is too small for the party and too close to other houses for the fireworks. Since it's summer, you'll want the party outside unless it rains. Pick a place that has a big yard for plenty of room to set-up enough seating, buffet tables, and games.
Sometimes public parks offer free fireworks on July 4th. Parks also have other advantages such as free entertainment. If you plan to have your party at a park than people will be able to swim in the lake, ride their bikes, walk around, etc.
Planning your party in a public place will take care of entertainment but it won't take care of convenience. You don't have a kitchen to prepare food in the park so keep this in mind and be sure to bring everything to the park and take advantage of outdoor grills and fire rings for cooking.
Since Independence Day takes place in the summer, you will most likely have the party outside. You won't need a lot of decorations for an outdoor party. American flags, banners, balloons, and table decorations such as flowers and an Independence Day tablecloth are good enough. In addition, use disposable Independence day themed plates and napkins for easy clean up. Plastic forks, knives, and spoons will also keep dishes and clean up to a minimum. To keep the theme going, remember to use red, white, and blue for the color of your decorations. For shapes use stars and flag designs. This will give your party the patriotic feel.
Food, Beverages, And Desserts
As an outdoor party, the food isn't as formal. Picky snacks, finger foods, and grilled foods are common. For the main meal be sure to have a few options including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, sandwiches, and sausage. For vegetarians you should include some type of salad or alternative option.
To go with your meal you should have some salads and sides. Coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, and potato chips are good options.
For beverages include bottled water, juice, iced tea, lemonade, cans if soda, etc. Make sure you have enough drinks, especially if your party falls on a hot summer day. Party guests need to stay hydrated.
Lastly, you'll need dessert to make to top off the meal. Make or buy easy things such as brownies, cookies, cheesecake, pie, cake, or cupcakes. You can also leave out a bowl of candy if you'd like. For a healthy dessert, put out some fruit. Sliced fruit such as watermelon is a good option.
As mentioned earlier, entertainment can be taken care of by having a party at a public park. Fireworks will create a lot of entertainment at the end of the party but what are guests supposed to do before the fireworks show starts? Guests will get overheated and will want a fun way to cool down. Water guns, water balloons, and swimming in a lake or pool will cool people down. Even a gardening hose will entertain people. For non-water related activities, classic games such as horseshoes and croquet will entertain people for awhile. As it starts to get dark, glow sticks will entertain kids. Glow sticks can be found at the dollar store and come in a package with multiple glow sticks inside. Glow sticks are fun because they come in many colors and last for 8-12 hours.
Fireworks are the main part of the party. Fireworks are visually appealing and provide entertainment. In addition, they are a great way to end the party. Unfortunately, fireworks are very expensive and having a great show will cost you a lot of money.
To have a great show you'll have to buy a large variety of fireworks. Buy enough for a long enough show. To save money, buy your fireworks at a store or wholesaler that deals in fireworks. There's nothing worse than having a 5 minute show that disappoints people. If your party budget doesn't allow for fireworks, then arrange for everyone to go to a public place that shows fireworks or go cheap by having low-cost fireworks. Little snakes and sparklers are cheap fireworks that don't have a big risk of injury and are very cheap to buy.
Lastly, you must know how to set-up an outdoor party. First you'll need many tables and chairs. Then you'll need some buffet tables to place the food, dessert, plates, utensils, napkins, etc. Leave a big open space for entertainment. This will be the spot where people will play games, run around, and get each other wet without bothering other guests.
Setup a few hours before guests arrive and be sure to make the non-perishable foods in advance to save time and hassle on the day of the party. Using paper cups, napkins, paper plates, and plastic utensils will save you time and less dishes will have to be done. To make clean up even easier, always place trash bins around so that guests can easily throw away their trash. Add recycling bins for cans and bottles so that you get the bottle deposit when returning the bottles.
If you have followed this article to an extent and have most of what's required than your party should be a success. You don't need a really fancy, expensive party to have happy guests. Fireworks really aren't required but guests will be more than happy if you provide a show. If you have guests who want to visit future parties of yours, than you've had a successful party.