Planning Tips For A Fourth Of July Home Party
Homegrown fun has blossomed over the past year-and-a-half and while the threat of Covid has diminished, many people are still hesitant to participate in large, public gatherings like parades or fireworks extravaganzas. If you are one who prefers the safety of home, you can still celebrate freedom and independence with a bang-up Fourth of July party right at home by focusing on what matters most. Concrete Craft® has some planning tips that will help to make your day everything you want it to be from that first cold drink to the last firework!
What kind of party will you have?
Decide if this is to be an adults-only party or if kids will be involved. That will impact the food, refreshments, and activities that will fill the day. If it’s to be an all-day affair up to fireworks, select a compatible group that enjoys each other’s company. If possible, try to have kids of similar ages that can connect and entertain themselves. It’s not much of a party for one child at an all-adults gathering, so maybe give the option that a kid can bring one friend. Send or email invitations describing the party:
- Potluck, and if so, what they should bring
- Start and end times
- If there will be fireworks
- Is this a pool party?
- Do you need an RSVP and headcount response?
Make sure the venue is party-ready
Planning an indoor/outdoor event will give plenty of space for everyone to spread out and be comfortable, with things to do everywhere. For some, the sunny backyard will serve for all-day fun. Others may choose some time indoors for cooler temperatures or a bit of quiet conversation. With a patio or pool deck the main venue, Concrete Craft can ensure you have the ideal party place with beautiful decorative concrete finishes for patios and pool decks that resist spills, moisture, and abrasion for a worry-free good time. The seamless, sealed surface also cleans up quickly at the end of the day. Our decorative concrete overlays can restore a damaged patio or pool deck, hiding cracks and discoloration, and then stamped and stained for authentic-looking stone and wood finishes.
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Plan engaging activities
A mix of indoor and outdoor activities will keep everyone relating and having fun. Give relief from the sun with indoor activities that make for a perfectly balanced day. Board games can be set up indoors or out, like Candyland, Sorry, or Scrabble, with lawn games like croquet and horseshoes to get people moving.
Have plenty of activities to get everyone involved in the day’s fun
- With a pool, swimming will be a main attraction with games like Marco Polo, dive sticks, and chicken fights. Check out: 15 Fun Swimming Pool Games for Kids for more pool game ideas.
- Provide plenty of lounging and comfortable relaxing with patio chairs, poolside chaises, and beach blankets on the grass, with awnings or shade umbrellas to beat the heat.
- Indoor or outdoor crafts will keep little hands busy and create an opportunity to talk about why July is a month of celebration. Kids 4th of July Crafts.
- Indoor theater complete with popcorn can be a wind-down after the fireworks with a selection of patriotic movies from the classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jimmy Stewart to the fun and fanciful National Treasure with Nicholas Cage, and the adrenalin-rush Captain America: The First Avenger.
Fabulous food will carry the day
Crowd size and whether you are preparing everything yourself or having a potluck will determine the extent of the menu. Plan for meat-eaters and vegans alike, with fresh and classic holiday foods to make everyone happy. Fire up the grill for BBQ chicken, ribs, burger sliders, hot dogs, grilled double-cheese sandwiches, mushroom veggie burgers, and roasted corn and vegetables. Dazzle with cold macaroni, bean, and potato salads and veggie trays with dips and hummus. If you’re shy of recipes, check out Best 4th Of July Recipes Ever for some new flavor sensations.
Meats and sweets and salads and drinks will guarantee that no one runs on empty for the day
- Especially outdoors, it’s important that everyone stays hydrated with sparkling waters, iced tea, wine coolers, beer, lemonade, soda of all kinds, and frosty blender drinks.
- Bowls of salty chips, nuts, and popcorn along with tasty sweets will feed the snacking urge: fresh fruits, red, white, and blue desserts, platters of cookies, brownies, and an ice cream sundae bar.
- Use mesh food covers and cold food buffet serving trays to ensure safe eating all day long and serve the entrées in your country’s colors with star-spangled decorations.
Safe and sane fireworks to end the day
If you’ll be celebrating with your own fireworks show, be sure that fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them, so the neighbors don’t complain, or the police show up. If you’re unsure, check here to see what U.S states’ laws are. Additionally, be mindful of the dangers of fireworks and keep everyone safe, especially small children and pets who can sneak in where they should not be, such as next to dad when he’s lighting the fireworks. Courtesy of the International Association of Firefighters, here are safety tips to ensure a safe and sane, bang-up Independence Day party for your family, friends, and neighbors.
Maximize outdoor fun all year long
With summertime parties in full swing, now is the perfect time to enhance any outdoor concrete spaces that have lost their luster. There’s no need to replace concrete gone bad, our professional concrete artisans can repair, restore, and beautify your concrete spaces without the need for demolition and replacement. Contact us today or go to www.concretecraft.comto find the Concrete Craft location nearest you and request a free in-home or virtual* design consultation to see what we can do for you.
Everyone at Concrete Craft wishes you a fabulous Fourth of July!
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