Entertaining this 4th of July doesn’t have to be difficult! With the heat of Summer in full swing and the kids out of school just long enough for the novelty to wear off, the many 4th of July festivities are the perfect opportunities to let loose. While celebrating our nation’s birthday and entertaining guests, here are a few tips on menu planning, keeping drinks cool, and, of course, some decorating ideas!
Whether or not you decide to make it a potluck, choosing a great main dish is key! Burgers and hot dogs are always a hit and if you want to get a little bit fancy, smoke some ribs or marinade some carne asada for the grill! If you decide what you’re throwing on the grill, picking what sides to make or ask to be brought pot-luck style will be much easier to plan.
Looking for some simple marinade to give your choice of meat a tasty kick? From Gimme Some Oven, here are 5 simple marinades for chicken ( 5 Easy Chicken Marinades ) and steak ( 5 Easy Steak Marinades ).
Ribs more your style? Here’s my tried and true recipe courtesy of Mr. Alton Brown! Alton Brown’s Smoked Ribs
Keeping drinks cool
There are so many options on how to keep your drinks cool for an outdoor barbeque! Blow up a little kiddie pool, use a metal bin lined with a plastic sheet, or use a trusty cooler. There are new fangled drink dispensers that have a separate ice compartment so drinks don’t get watered down after the ice inevitably melts now, too! Looking for a little more upscale and permanent solution? 50 Lakes Cabinet Design now offers Trex Outdoor Kitchens with a fabulous fully-insulated cooler drawer with drain plus! Whatever the case, use plenty of ice to keep the drinks (and guests) cool.
Keep the decorating simple
Tying into the 4th of July theme AND the food, you can do a brownie flag with blueberries, strawberries, and whipped cream topping as an edible decor piece. Tie some ribbon around mason jars and you have cute flatware containers. Set up a balloon dart game with red, white, and blue balloons and you’ll be sure to have kids and adults occupied for at least an hour. Bonus: it can double as a photography backdrop before all the balloons are popped! Stick some sparklers in pots of sand as a centerpiece. Guests can then light them up before the fireworks show. There are so many simple ideas and it can fit any budget out there.
Country Living Magazine recently published some simple do-it-yourself decorating tips. Follow the link here to find some easy decorations!
Whether you want to celebrate low-key or do a huge blowout, there are many options for you to choose from. Give us some of your most favorite memories of celebrating July 4th down below in the comments! We would love to hear from you!