This post is sponsored by Sam’s Club, but all opinions are my own.
One of my favorite things to do is host parties and July 4th is no exception. It’s a day known for get togethers, grilling, and all things Americana. Today I’m sharing 5 tips for hosting a spectacular [and easy] July 4th Party!
Make a plan and be prepared. Being prepared with a plan is truly the success of any party. I start planning a month ahead of time – from guest list to the menu. And believe it or not, but those two go hand in hand.
When I send out invites, I also ask guests to bring something. I have a friend that makes the most delicious vegetable dip so I always ask her to bring it. If you have a friend who isn’t quite the best cook, enlist their help with bringing drinks or condiments for the party.
While it may be a little more work in the planning stages, having guests bring specific items helped tremendously on the day of the party.
I also always try to keep the menu simple for cookouts. It’s hot outside in July so the last thing you want to be doing is be stuck inside trying to cook elaborate dishes. We stick to grilled staples like steak, hamburgers, and ribs with traditional summer side dishes and desserts.
In addition to the menu, I also make a list of necessary items we’ll need. If your party is outside, be sure to have plenty of bug spray and sunscreen available for your guests.
Shop at Sam’s Club.
Being a Sam’s Club member benefits me throughout the year and especially when it comes to party time. I can pick up all the party needs and can get the best deal on party foods. They have all your 4th of July favorites – ribs, hamburgers, steaks, sustainably sourced seafood, and dessert options!
We are always impressed with the quality of products that we purchase at Sam’s Club and when you’re throwing a 4th of July Party with a lot of guests, you can’t beat the prices. You can also pick up amazing produce at your local Sam’s Club and watermelon is a staple for any summer cookout.
Keep your color scheme patriotic.
July 4th parties are some of the easiest to plan because the color scheme is already picked for you! Stick to red, white, and blue throughout the party with your dishes and even your food. There are a ton of fun 4th of July dessert ideas within the color scheme, but sometimes the simplest is the best.
One of my favorite [and always a guest favorite] is an ice cream bar with fresh berries. Member’s Mark has a new super premium vanilla ice cream in Sam’s Club and it’s AMAZING! Seriously the best vanilla ice cream I’ve ever purchased. Be sure to pick up a couple of cartons as this cool dessert will go fast!
Pre-plan party games and activities.
This tip is especially important if you’ll have kids at your party. I get the girls to help me plan some outdoor activities and they usually include water balloons. You can even have the kids participate in a fun outdoor scavenger hunt like this one.
I also always try to have un-structured activities readily available like sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and various balls around the yard and deck that the kids can pick up and do at their leisure.
One of my favorites parties to throw throughout the year is a July 4th party because of the fabulous weather and laid back feel of the American Holiday. I hope these tips help you host a spectacular [and easy] 4th of July celebration too!