Whether you’re planning a small family get-together or a bash for the entire neighborhood, here are five ways to ensure that your party is perfectly patriotic!

1. Select a theme

You know you want things to be red, white, and blue, but have you considered a more specific theme for the party? “Rustic/Americana,” “County Fair,” “Stars & Stripes,” “Nautical/Beach,” and “America the Sweet” are just a few twists you can take on a classic holiday celebration. Visit karaspartyideas.com to get started.

2. Plan for both kids and adults

Unless your party will be grown-ups-only, you will have a variety of age groups to entertain and feed! Make sure there are activities and games for the kids and enough seating for the adults to relax. When planning your menu, choose finger foods and kid-friendly desserts along with drinks and dishes for the adults. Check out this “Patriotic Crafts for Kids” Pinterest board to find dozens of firework-themed crafts.

3. Share the cooking and baking load

There’s no reason you should have to do all the work! Once you have your menu planned out, delegate some responsibilities to friends and family. Ask people what they feel comfortable bringing, and share any summer recipes or suggestions you have. The party will be more fun with some variety, and most guests are happy to contribute. Consider our suggestions for patriotic desserts and easy burger recipes.

4. Decorate, decorate, decorate!

Whether guests will be eating in your kitchen or in your backyard, make sure you have red, white, and blue decor wherever you can! Tablecloths, balloons, banners, cutlery, plates, buffet tables, cake stands, and pretty much everything else at your party can be chosen to match your theme. Small touches, like confetti and paper cutouts, can make a big difference. Check out Party City’s ideas, including using frozen star-printed balloons as giant ice cubes!

5. Know the fireworks plan ahead of time

If you live in an area where fireworks are in abundance, your backyard may be the perfect place to watch. If there are no fireworks shows within viewing distance, however, you will need to plan accordingly. Let your guests know where the major fireworks locations will be—and figure out if they plan to attend. For groups wanting to go together, arrange carpools ahead of time. If your family wishes to leave your house at a certain time, make it clear on your invitations so your guests know how long they can stay. Consider purchasing sparklers and other legal, ground fireworks for families to enjoy at your house.

When planning any Fourth of July party, be sure to consider your budget, the number of guests, and the type of food you want to serve. With the right planning, you can have the best perfect patriotic party of the summer!

How does your family celebrate the Fourth of July? Comment below with your favorite traditions, recipes, and party ideas!

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