How to Throw the Best 4th of July Party 2020
We know throwing a party at your home can be stressful. We’re here to help you be sure yours will go off without a hitch and, of course, go out with a bang.
With so many yearly celebratory events up in the air across the world, there is a lot of uncertainty as to what’s permitted and what’s not.
So, if your favorite local firework show is a no-go this year or your favorite river-front restaurant is already fully booked for the 4th, it’s time we take matters into our own hands!
This year, we all have the chance to create an intimate, meaningful celebration with friends and family.
While fireworks are all well and good, they are just the icing on the cake of a top-notch, fun, exclusively unique 4th of July soiree, which is why we are going to walk you through step by step how to throw the 4th of July party of a lifetime.
First things first...
We, of course, have to start with decor. American flags, red, white, blue…and more flags are a given.
But let’s break it down even further.
No table? No problem.
Spice up your make-shift table (or real table) by layering colorful cloth textiles. Use various designs, patterns, and colors for a funky, unique look!
This goes without saying, we all know outdoor hanging lights are essential for a successful backyard party, especially when the sun goes down!
Who says tree lights are just for Christmas? Not us! Wrap some of these bad boys around a few trees and watch your backyard transform into a picture out of a home magazine.
The Beverage Bar
No party is ever complete without a beverage bar, especially in the heat of the summer…
Strawberry Lemonade Punch
… and no beverage bar is ever complete without a nice big ol’ bowl of punch! This recipe by Butter with a Side of Bread only uses 3 ingredients and will be a hit for both kids and adults!
Fourth of July Cocktail
While everyone loves a punch, we all know we’ll need a good cocktail too.
This Fourth of July Cocktail recipe is not only beautifully layered, but a tasty mix of orange and pomegranate, topped with cream. Oh, absolutely!
We can’t forget about America’s favorite drink now, can we? They say America runs on Dunkin, but we’re not entirely convinced.
Red, White & Cool Cubes
Ice: quite possibly the most critical piece of a summer party. Sure, regular ice is cool, but what’s even cooler?
These Red, White & Cool Cubes! Use any flavored drink to create this patriotic cubes and watch your beloved party go-ers create their own drinks using plain seltzer and their choice of cubes!
Get excited, it’s time to get your snack on.
Raspberry Ambrosia Salad
This Raspberry Ambrosia Salad checks all the boxes! It’s simple, it’s sweet, light and fluffy, and has bright red, juicy raspberries mixed in!
They say that ambrosia is an ancient Greek word that meant “the food of the gods,” so we know we can’t miss out on this one!
Tropical Grazing Spread
We definitely need a refreshing, yet satisfying component too! Throw together a Tropical Grazing Spread that will add beautiful color to your plate and bring the flavor with the perfect mix of salty and sweet.
Speaking of salty and sweet: we’ve got Pretzel Sparklers!
All you need is:
- Pretzel Rods
- White Chocolate
- Red, white, and blue sprinkles
So easy, so cute, so patriotic. A must-have for your snack spread!
Games & Crafts
Let the real fun begin, it’s time for games and crafts!
Flag Balloon Darts
Flag Balloon Darts! Bring the state fair to your backyard and keep the kids (and probably the adults too) partying all day long!
Fill up any extra balloons with water for surprise attack water bombs (you know, for that crazy uncle who always tries to steal your cake).
Break out the paint (if you dare) and your finest art skills to create some patriotic Lawn Stars!
Use some old cardboard to create a few star-stencils, and you’ll have the most patriotic house in the neighborhood!
The After Party
You’ve made it through the party, the food is all tucked away, the garbage has (for the most part) all made it into the garbage cans, and everyone’s eaten to their heart’s content.
But the party doesn’t have to end here!
DIY Backyard Movie
With a few chairs, a white sheet, a projector, and some popcorn, you can easily have yourselves a relaxing DIY backyard movie!
DIY Sparkler Packs
DIY Personal S'mores Holders
Who doesn’t like s’ mores? Well, that may be true, but a s’mores feast can get a little complicated (and a lot messy) with a large group of people.
To avoid the endless passing of the marshmallow bag and dueling over chocolate bars, make these DIY personal s’mores holders by balancinghome.com!
Despite considerable uncertainty across the globe, you can still make this 4th of July, not just special, but one for the books.
Bonus: No lines, not a crowd in sight, and great memories with family.
Happy Fourth from our family to yours!