In just a few short weeks, America will once again celebrate its independence by shooting off bottle rockets and plastering every available surface in red, white and blue. That’s right, the Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means you’ll likely be attending barbeques, enjoying fireworks and shouting “‘MERICA!” every chance you get!
Go ahead, break out the ‘jorts, cut-off t-shirts and rock an American flag T-shirt, because it’s time to celebrate our Independence Day, baby!
If you’re throwing your own Fourth of July party this year, you’re going to need a little more than red, white and blue napkins and a star-spangled tablecloth. Let your patriotic juices flow! If you’re stuck on ideas, here are a few to amp up your party:
Invitations: How is everyone supposed to know you’re throwing the ultimate American pride fest without an invitation? Since your whole budget is going to be blown on back yard fireworks (the legal ones, of course), the next best option to having pride-worthy invitations is to visit one of the many shops on Etsy. For as little as $5, you can have a custom American-designed invitation that you can send electronically or print at home. No more expensive trips to the party store for generic invitations.
Décor: Sparklers and fireworks take care of skyward decorations, so now all you need to do is a little sprucing up where everyone will be sitting, mingling and enjoying good company. Your local Party City, dollar store and other area retailers will have an abundance of décor at USA chant-worthy prices. Use red, white and blue bandanas for napkins, or painted mason jars as centerpieces. Use American Flags in different shapes and sizes for accents, and don’t bother spending lots of money on themed décor; you can always slap a coat of paint on a decoration not originally intended for Independence Day.
All American Barbeque: You can’t have a Fourth of July party without barbeque. Come on, that’s just un-American! Burgers, hot dogs, ribs and chicken, along with potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon and a good ol’ apple pie is always a Fourth of July crowd-pleasing menu. If you want to break out of the norm and get a little fancy, here are some great recipes to get you started in the right direction from Southern Living: http://bit.ly/1uYfGSS
Red White & Blue Refreshments: On hot summer days, you need something to wet the whistle. Fruity drinks can literally become part of the décor as they sit around the table and backyard. Play them up with fresh fruit ice cubes to keep them cooler longer in the mid-day heat. Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries will give you the patriotic flair you’re looking for.
Fireworks: You can’t have a proper Fourth of July bash without the main ingredient—fireworks, lots of fireworks! Get all your party attendees in the spirit by the making personal firework packs. This will help everyone get in on the action! Have everyone light up sparklers at the same time, and snap a memorable photo. Just be sure to keep the fireworks you choose safe and most importantly, legal in your state!
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