July is here, and it’s time to declare your independence! By celebrating the Fourth of July with a festive and unique party, you can have an event that is more than fireworks and barbecues. These ideas will get your party started with a touch of creativity and a little red, white, and blue.
1. Sparkler Photo Booths
Photo booths are all the rage at major parties. Put your twist on this event favorite by breaking out a fast-action camera and a firework favorite. Give each guest a handful of cheap, easily found sparklers, and have them make shapes, spell out words, or paint pictures in the air while a camera on a tripod shoots at a shutter speed of 15-30 shots per second. After the party, print the photos of their sparkling creations and send as a thank you gift for coming.
2. Founding Fathers Feasts
Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson weren’t chowing down on hamburgers in 1776! Get authentic with your party food choices by offering guests a taste of Revolutionary America. Some ideas include salted fish, roasted chicken, Dutch apple dumplings, meringues, and corn chowder soups. Serve alongside cider and (iced) tea. The heartier, the better!
3. Firecracker Music Playlists
Make watching fireworks an experience for everyone involved. A day or two before the big night, ask your friends to send you a song or two that reminds them of fireworks. Then, create a playlist using streaming audio and have your guests subscribe to it. That night, they can listen along on their own devices or you can play their picks with your own speakers.
4. Indoor Picnics
Great summer weather is not guaranteed. But if the rain falls or the temps chill, don’t fret—just bring your outdoor activity inside with an indoor picnic! Friends of all ages will enjoy eating classic picnic food (such as croissant sandwiches and lemonade) out of a basket from the comfort of a living room. Throw in a thermos and a checkered blanket, and you’ll have a Fourth of July party that survives any messy weather.
5. VIP Firework Show
Fireworks are an absolute must for your party. Instead of just laying in the back seat of a car or on a ratty old blanket, make it a night for VIPs! Invite a select number of friends to your favorite firework display and bring along goodies the rich and famous would enjoy. Ideas include mocktails, sparkling cider, gourmet chocolates, candlelight, and luxurious college blankets and pillows.
Throwing a memorable Fourth of July party just takes a bit of creativity. With patriotic games and unique food offerings, your get together will take this holiday to the next level. Ban the bland and do away with the boring barbecue or the lame lawn chair fireworks for good!
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