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BY Jennifer Muse

Prepping for the Ultimate Summer Party


    America's backyard bash. The 4th of July is the pinnacle of       summer. For many of us, the 4th is a holiday filled with the       nostalgia of past backyard parties and anticipation of summers   to come. Nothing says Independence Day quite like an   outdoor gathering with family and friends. Prepping for a   backyard party may feel overwhelming, but with proper   planning, it will be an absolute blast. Check out some simple   prep ideas for a fun backyard party to make this year's July 4th party the best yet.   

Eats, Sweets, and Drinks 
As you think about your menu, consider simple but fun. Play around with thematic drinks such as non-alcoholic red, white, and blue layered punch or blue margaritas. Try out something different for dessert like a watermelon cake. And when it comes to the main dish, nothing screams summertime quite like hot dogs and hamburgers. Depending on your guest list, you could even choose to have a potluck. Simply ask your guests to bring their favorite July 4th themed side dish or snack. This won't only make your hosting easier; it'll also make for a wide variety of food options. 

Grill Gear
Whether you're having hotdogs and hamburgers or steak and chicken, the grill is the pinnacle of the party and must be primed and ready for action. Choose the best grill based on these factors: how long it takes to set up/clean up, if you prefer a smoky flavor, portability, and price. Propane grills are the most common choice because of their ease of use and efficiency. Charcoal grills are preferred by traditionalists however they require more prep and clean-up. Electric grills may be used indoors or outdoors. 

Smokers have also become a popular option for meat-loving grill masters. Smokers are intended for low and slow cooking. They may require additional time and planning, but the final product is definitely worth the wait. 

If you have already chosen your grill, be sure you're ready with the right tools to get the job done. 
  • Extra-long tongs 
  • Grill basket 
  • Thermometer
  • Durable grill bush

Entertainment for All Ages
Once you have the specifics of the party sorted out, it's now time to plan fun backyard party ideas to keep your guests entertained. It is generally a good idea to have a few games available along with some music playing. 
  • Horseshoes
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corn hole
  • Patriotic capture the flag (using red and blue flags) 
  • Flag football
  • Red, white, and blue tag
  • Relay races (three-legged races, potato sack races)

Party Favors 
Setting out some fun favors ready for guests when they arrive can really spice up the party. Patriotic-themed party hats, glasses, and noisemakers are perfect choices. Having a DIY photo booth can also be a fun way to make for a memorable party. 

And of course, no 4th of July party would be complete without sparklers. 

We hope these backyard party tips help spark some creativity in your backyeard festivities!

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