USA’s Independence Day has long been one of my favourite holidays. Not only is it my birthday, but it’s just got a lot of great things going for it; fireworks, picnics, parades, and a themed colour palette.
Cobbling together a last-minute Fourth of July party doesn’t have to be hard. The easiest way to throw a last-minute party is always to host a potluck/BYOB shindig.
Ask your guests to dress in red, white and blue so everyone serves as decor.
If you’re in The States, building your plans around local festivities is a great way to have fun on the cheap — not only are municipal fireworks shows great, but they often coincide with private fireworks displays, street fairs, and lots of free live music.
Here are my ideas for quickly throwing together a last-minute party that celebrates ‘Murica…
The food ideas:
- A buffet line stocked with: blueberries, sliced red apples, sliced strawberries, cubed watermelon, raspberries and sliced red pears with cubed angel food cake, whipped cream or vanilla yogurt.
- Mixed red, plain and blue corn tortilla chips with a variety of dips or nacho fixins.
- Bomb Pops or other popsicles — red, white and blue preferred.
- More or less anything on the grill, but especially hot dogs and corn.
- Red, clear, or blue sodas.
- Cheap beer. Preferably with flags on the can.
- A signature punch in red or blue (Two ingredient quickie: pour ginger ale or clear pop over blue or red sherbert).
- White, Red and Blue Sangria: white wine, white grape juice, sliced apples, sliced strawberries, blueberries.
- Lawn games (think cornhole, bocce, kickball or frisbee)
- Fill a bucket with new, cut-up sponges, add water and chuck ’em at each other (this helps if you’ve asked guests to bring a change of clothes)
- Create a playlist of fun, singalongable songs that make you think of America (I think of Bruce Springsteen and KISS, but your mileage may vary.)
Are you throwing an Independence Day party? If so, what are your plans? Let’s virtually party…