It’s that time again! With summer comes lazy days at the pool, beach vacations and, of course, July 4th parties! What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a good old-fashion block party? Take a look at these five simple steps to making your block party the hit of the neighborhood.
First, you need to set the date.
This is a no-brainer when it comes to July 4th, but keep in mind that summer weather is unpredictable. Check the weather as the date approaches. If it looks like mother nature wants to crash your party, think about moving it indoors, or perhaps celebrating our Independence-Eve on July 3rd. Nobody likes a soggy sparkler, so be sure to keep your options open.
Next, it’s onto decorations.
Three words: red, white, blue. When it comes to 4th of July decorating, you really can’t go wrong as long as you stick to the three basic colors. Start by using a solid color tablecloth for your food display table and add touches of the accent colors into the accessories like napkins, plates, silverware and cups. Balloons are always a hit with kids, and they can double as a take-home gift for your youngest guests. Red, white and blue flowers are a great centerpiece for your main food table or tables where party goers will be eating. Placing a few flowers in a Mason jar with a simple ribbon makes a big statement. Pinterest is a great tool to find easy DIY decorating ideas.
Moving on to food.
Let’s be honest, even if the weather is picture perfect, the decorations are over the top and the music is pumping with today’s greatest hits, if the food isn’t spot on, that’s what people will remember. Thanks to sites like SignUp Genius and PerfectPotLuck.com, it’s easy to make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. Everyone likes to share their favorite recipe and who doesn’t like trying something new. It’s a good idea to make sure you have some “staples” on hand like hot dogs, burgers and all the fixings, but let others contribute by signing up for side dishes and desserts.
Don’t forget about games and entertainment.
It’s July and chances are it is hot! Why not have some games that guarantee a slight cool down. Fill a bucket with water balloons and pair everyone up to see who can keep the balloon going without dropping. A strategically placed sprinkler is always a favorite with the kids and the adults! Music is a quick, easy way to keep the party going. Put together a playlist of all your favorite party tunes to keep everyone moving and the good times rolling.
Finally, don’t forget to keep the fun going when the sun goes down.
No 4th of July celebration is complete without a little light show. It’s important to remember that although they are fun and impressive to look at, fireworks are dangerous and should be handled by adults only. That doesn’t mean the little people need to be left out completely. Sparklers for the older kids is always a fun addition to the festivities. For the really little ones, a nice alternative is a glow stick or a glow in the dark necklace or bracelet. This allows them to be a part of the show, and moms and dads can rest easy without having to chase them with a bucket of water! Before planning any fireworks show, be sure to check with your local law enforcement to see if any permits are required and if anything is prohibited.
The most important part of any party is to have fun! AV Party Rentals is here to make sure your party is the talk of the neighborhood. Contact us today to find out how we can make your 4th of July Block Party one they will never forget.