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America’s favorite summer holiday is around the corner, and while entertaining guests in the heat of the summer can be a daunting task, we’re here today with some quick tips to ensure a no-fuss July 4th celebration for both you and your guests.
Keep Your Menu Simple
The nice thing about the 4th of July is that the traditional fare is very simple. Your guests won’t be looking for a 5-course gourmet dinner, which means you can get away with burgers, hot dogs, a vegetarian option (here’s a handy breakdown of the best veggie burgers out there), and a few simple sides. Better yet, assign a grill master so that you are freed up to mingle with guests and keep an eye on drinks. There is almost always someone itching to get behind the grill, so let them take some of the load off for you.
Go For Buffet-Style Dining
Instead of setting out fancy table settings for a seated dinner party vibe, keep it casual by displaying your grub buffet-style. This is an easy way to keep circulating in food fresh from the grill, and it will allow your guests to design their own plate and pick and choose from your yummy options. It should also encourage folks to mix and mingle with each other while dining, instead of being confined to an assigned seat. Just make sure you have enough chairs for everyone to grab one if they need it.
Dress It Up With Festive Décor
While we want to keep things simple, there’s just something about 4th of July decorations that bring everyone a little child-like joy. There are plenty of DIY decorations that won’t break the bank or cost you too much time, either. We love this festive homemade garland to hang from your porch, buffet table, or near your front entrance. All you need is tissue paper, string, glue, and scissors. You can also peruse your local craft store a few days before the holiday for some subtle touches like patriotic straws, napkins, or table runners.
For A Pop of Celebration, Hand Out Sparklers To Your Guests
While you won’t be setting off an elaborate display of fireworks at your backyard barbecue, you can bring in the traditional crackle and pop of the holiday with much less effort. Near the entrance to your gathering, set up a little basket with enough sparklers for each of your guests, and make sure everyone has something to light theirs with. After dinner, make a toast to thank them all for coming to celebrate with you, and have everyone light their sparklers at the same time. It may not be fireworks, but it’s a fun and festive way to commemorate the holiday with your loved ones.
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