Fourth of July festivities are a great occasion to gather your friends and family for quality time. School is out and so is the sun; what could be better? Check out these tips to host a fabulous and affordable Independence Day party!
Send free invites. Edit and print your own free, stylish invitations right from your home computer. Since the Fourth of July is just around the corner, you could hand deliver the invitations to make your guests feel even more special. Or, skip the paper altogether and send electronic invites from Evite.com or Punchbowl.com.
Make your food do double-time. Instead of purchasing pricy patriotic decorations, garnish your dishes with colorful fruits and vegetables to add flair to the table. Use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches, fruits, and veggies like the stars and stripes of the American flag. Turns out you can build/bake a flag using almost any type of food! When your food does double-time, you won’t have to worry about storing or tossing out your decorations. They’ll all be gobbled up!
Here’s a word to the wise, the freshest summer berries can be costly, especially if they’re not in season in your area. Strawberries tend to be moderately priced year-round, but frozen berries are a good option as well. If berries are out of the question, you can also use food coloring to jazz up your baked goods!
Craft your own decorations. Get the family involved! Have the kids make their own patriotic paper lanterns and stock up on small American flags at the dollar store. Cover the tables with butcher paper and give the kids crayons and markers to craft one-of-a-kind tablecloths. A colored bucket or basket filled with beverages also makes for a nice centerpiece!
Don’t have any kids hopping about underfoot? You can still get crafty! Try your hand at a more detailed, but equally creative craft like a clothespin wreath, a painted drink cooler, or patriotic pinwheels.
Have some fun! Keep the kids occupied and the guests entertained by putting an Independence Day spin on traditional games like tag, bingo, and ring-toss. To play “Red, White, and Blue Tag,” give each player a token that is red, white, or blue. Players run around trying to tag each other, and when a player is tagged, they must give up their token to the person that tagged them. The first person to collect one token of each color is the winner!
Say goodbye to tradition. Who says it has to be a traditional BBQ party? If you have a pantry full of fajita ingredients or everything you need to make your own pizzas, opt for these food options instead. With a little bit of creativity, these foods can become Independence Day masterpieces too; check it out! You could also save money and time by asking guests to bring a dish of their own. Make it an eclectic potluck!
Create a memorable photo book. Download Mustache Madness for your iPhone or Android device and add a funky mustache or beard to your guests’ faces. Just snap a pic, select the bristle of your choice, and share your creation on social media! Or, print your photos at a local drug store and put together a laugh-worthy memory book!
Encore! Encore! Before guests arrive, make a list of well-known figures from United States history like Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, Helen Keller, Marilyn Monroe, and Abraham Lincoln. As guests arrive, hand them a slip of paper with the name of a historical figure on it. Later in the evening, designate a performance area by laying strings of outdoor lights in the grass or setting out battery operated flameless candles, and have guests act out their character for others to guess! The lights and candles can also double as ambient decorations!
Fourth of July is just around the corner. These creative party tips can help you pull together a fun and memorable party on almost any budget! Head over to our Facebook or Twitter to let us know how you’re celebrating!