The 4th of July is a perfect holiday. You have the day off of work, you don’t have to buy anyone gifts and it’s relatively pressure-free. It’s a great excuse to get your friends and family together and throw a relaxed backyard bash. Once you decide to have said bash at your place, there’s a few things to think about in order to throw a successful shindig:
- Consider creative menu planning. You want to have fun (not running around slicing, dicing, and cooking) so prepare things ahead of time and you’ll have both hands free for sipping’ and dippin’ and mingling with your guests.
- It’s HOT outside (especially for those of us who live in Texas, ugh!) so prepare food and drinks that are refreshing and light. And please, if you don’t have a pool, keep a fan, mister or sprinkler going at all times to keep guests cool and potentially very entertained. (Just think, your brother-in-law running around in the sprinkler with beer in hand and clothes still in-tact, oh yes.)
- Don’t be too theme-y or kitschy. It’s fun to do a few festive things, but it’s flag overkill to go stars and stripes at every turn, on every napkin or tray, in every jello mold. Pinterest doesn’t need to take over your life every time you have a few people over.
With these tips in mind, exert your independence by choosing alternatives to the traditional stars and stripe-y decor and barbeque menu. These options are beautifully festive, easy, delicious, and healthy, and most importantly, they free you up to enjoy your day off.
Skip the traditional fare and impress your foodie guests with this Grilled Caprese Naan Pizza.
This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is protein-packed and vegetarian friendly.
To make this Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad extra patriotic, add a white fruit to the mix. We like to add diced bananas or fresh green apples!
Refreshing and summery, this Red, White, and Blue Sangria recipe is sure to be a hit among your guests.
For an understated nautical theme, pair blue and white plates and a large arrangement of white carnations. This simple tablescape is classic and elegant.
For a vintage Nantucket 4th of July tablescape use mismatched plates and silverware with a vintage can and freshly picked wildflowers to create a one-of-a-kind centerpiece.
For more inspiration for your next get together, visit our Pinterest boards.
Now that you are all set, sit back, enjoy the fireworks and have a fantastic 4th!