Fourth of July Entertaining Ideas

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The Fourth of July is an important event as our family and friends come together to celebrate our love and support for our country on the anniversary of its symbolic birth. But what are the best ways to make sure you get the most “bang” out of your entertaining budget?

Here are a few entertaining tips that will make your Fourth of July get-together one for the ages (

Location—You know how important location is for real estate? Well, it holds just as true for holiday get-togethers. You may want to go with the simple backyard party, but be careful. You need to make sure that you have enough tables and seats for everyone you are inviting. Also, if you plan to have kids over, it’s a good idea to have something handy to entertain them—either a swimming pool or outdoor games—or else you will be pulling out your hair before the evening is over. If your place isn’t optimum, consider a local public park or campgrounds.

Décor—For this, you can’t go wrong with tradition. Red, white and blue bunting and tablecloths are a must have. Also, consider getting plates and napkins and accessories that all mesh with the décor.

Food and Drink—Fourth of July usually means one thing: Grilling! Whether its hot dogs and hamburgers or chicken kebabs and steak, now is the time to fire up the grill and get to cooking. Be sure to keep any egg-based products (like cole slaw and potato salad) refrigerated so that you keep everyone healthy. And stock up on your favorite libations and take a survey of your friends and family to have their favorite drinks (both alcoholic and non) on-hand. If you aren’t sure what to serve, may we suggest a good sweet tea with lemonade (or maybe lemonade mixed with sweet tea vodka).

Fireworks—Fireworks are a traditional end to the holiday and while they are legal in many states, they are still seriously dangerous. Just to make sure that you don’t wind up with an ER visit on your holiday, consider leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Find out if your local community will host a fireworks display and everyone can carpool there with blankets to lay out under the stars.

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