This post is sponsored by Chinet, but my love for Chinet is 100% legit.
I’ve team up with Chinet to share some tips and tricks HOW TO THROW A 4th OF JULY PARTY with you today! The 4th of July is one of my most favorite holidays and I love to go all out (see 4TH OF JULY IDEAS and 4TH OF JULY PARTY). This year will be no exception. We will actually be at the lake, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating with BBQ, fireworks and matching red, white and blue attire.
For those of you who will be on dry ground and hosting a 4th of July celebration, here are some of my favorite tips and trips how to throw a 4th of July Party!
1. It’s ALL ABOUT THE FOOD…..always!
Determine a theme/menu and move forward. Some of my favorite 4th of July menus are: Texan BBQ (can you say brisket, ribs and smoked turkey with sides of cornbread, coleslaw and baked beans? ), Summer Salads (berry, pasta and cucumber), and Bake Potato Bar (lots of bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives).
And for dessert, I typically hire everything out (unless I’m with my sister who is the most incredible pastry chef). I always use my favorite bakery, which happens to be Tart Bakery here in Dallas and order a variety of sweets. For this spread with Chinet, Sam of Tart Bakery (who happens to be a dear old friend) made the most delicious fruit tart (my favorite), cake pops, sugar cookies, macarons and this scrumptious mousse cake.
1. Patriotic EVERYTHING!
I feel ridiculous even saying this, but your party should include as much red, white and blue as possible. This is totally my opinion, but MORE IS MORE for holidays. Add more balloons, more tassels, more flags and more pinwheels….always. Decorations often set the tone for a party, so the more festive the better.
Some of my favorite 4th of July decorations are:
3. PLAY MUSIC
I ALWAYS like music playing at my parties. Wether you are throwing a backyard BBQ or a intimate dinner group, music helps set the tone and fill in any awkward silence during the party. I like the idea of playing patriotic music for a 4th of July party, but understand that it may be a bit cheesy (the more cheesy the better I say). So play music to your liking. But remember, if it’s an outdoor party….play upbeat and playful music. If indoor, play something more subdued.
4. PREPARE GAMES OR CRAFTS!
I know a lot of people hate party games, but it’s always important to plan them JUST IN CASE. Maybe your guests aren’t comfortable with each other, maybe your family is fighting, maybe kids are going crazy and destroying your house….prepare ways to entertain them. And what easier way than with games.
Here are some fun 4th of July games you could try:
5. LIGHT FIREWORKS
Also another no-brainer. No matter where you live, find a way to light some type of firework…even if it’s just sparklers on a cupcake. There is nothing more festive or uniting than fireworks. It’s a crowd pleaser and a 4th of July MUST.
If for some reason you are anti-fireworks (who even are you?)….than try these DIY FIREWORK CUPCAKE TOPPERS instead.
6. PARTY FAVORS
All good parties come to an end and make sure to end with a BANG! Prepare a thoughtful, themed party favor for your guests to ensure they remember what a great time they had at your party.
Here are some great options: