Are you wrapped into hosting a 4th of July party this year? But, you’re not sure how to do things just right? First time hosting? Long time hosting with a few issues along the way? Being a host isn’t simple, but it can be fun! All the decorating and creativity that goes into planning just the right party. The fulfillment you get once the party starts and you see your friends smiling, laughing, and having a good time totally makes it worth it. So, how do you create such a party? How do you avoid certain mistakes that can happen when hosting a 4th of July party? Here are a few pointers on what not to do and how to go about it the right way. Hope these tips help!
Not enough seating
When there’s not enough seating for everyone to relax in, that can be a problem. Some prefer standing, but not everyone can stand an entire three or more hours, especially when eating. Make sure to plan out enough seating areas, such as an outdoor patio lounge set, a dining set, and a few benches or whatnot. This way, everyone can have a conversation sitting down with those they want to.
Not providing a shaded area
This is a big no-no. For most, it’s a no brainer to always have a shaded area where the adults can hang out while the kids play out in the sun, but sometimes this doesn’t always happen. Have you ever gone to a party and ended up just sweating from the summer sun and the shade seemed too far away from the festivities? Prevent that from happening. Whether you have the party in your backyard or at a park, make sure you have a large shaded region where it can take place. Bonus, if you can find a place that incorporates an indoor and outdoor hang out space where people can go inside for a bit to cool off if they get hot outside.
Using food that can spoil easily when out
Did someone think of Mayo right off the bat? Ya, there seems to always be that person who brings the potato salad. I’m sorry but avoid that like the plague. You don’t know how long that’s been sitting out and do not want to risk getting sick. Make sure you’ve selected more appropriate food items, such as fruit and a few meat choices that can be cooked on the spot, like hotdogs and hamburgers.
Not having something for kids to do
The kids! Can’t forget about the kids that your friends or family will be bringing along. Always so full of energy, you’ve got to have a plan for them to have something to do. Whether that be swimming in the pool while the parents supervise, playing basketball, or digging in a sand pit, please remember the kids.
No accessible toilet
Yikes! Do not forget to make sure there is a restroom nearby the party area or else you’ll notice people leaving early. Most places provide this, but just make sure so that you won’t end up having a party of two after just a few hours.
Blog: Becca Porter
Photographer: Lexi Hansen
Writer: Nicole Rodriguez