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4th of July is right around the corner, and if you are like me (with multiple kids) planning in advance for festivities is the easiest route. Therefore, today I decided to share with you some tips for planning a 4th of July event.
Break Things Down Into Lists
Life is busy, so lists are a good thing. I create one master list and break off into a few separate lists from there. Organization is the key to having a successful, stress-free event. I start with a guest list and get everyone invited. I always ask about food allergies so that I plan my menu accordingly when inviting everyone.
List breakdown ideas:
- Guest Total
- Menu and beverages
- Clean-up schedule
- Festive 4th of July Paper products needed
This may seem far too organized for some, but it really does help me a lot to have everything broken down into steps and lists so that I don’t forget anything.
4th of JulyDecorations and Entertainment
You have to make the space festive so that guests can get into the occasion and enjoy themselves. I came across these fun looking themed hanging fan decorations and think that these would be great for above the food and beverage area. The kids also need something fun to keep them busy. Kits with temporary tattoos, necklaces, and fun little hand toys can keep them occupied for a little while.
Decorations can serve a dual purpose. Since it can make a mess in your house having people walking in and out constantly, keep them all outside while keeping food and beverages properly chilled. I plan to use an inflatable beverage cooler and inflatable buffet cooler to keep condiments, fruits and veggies cool.
Always have a Plan B
The weather can change and when you have activities planned for the outdoors, you have to have a backup plan in place. Since the weather can change in 2-seconds sometimes, I plan to be prepared this year. My outdoor event spaces will be covered with canopies or a couple of tents for an eating area in case the skies do open up.
Have a Safety Plan in Place
Safety must always be in mind when you are planning an event at your home. I plan to take some time outside to make sure that there are no hazards that children or adults can trip over and make sure that I don’t have any surprise bee’s nests lingering around. I am also writing up a list of rules for the kids so that everyone is safe when playing. After dark, all of the children will be wearing glow-in-the-dark bracelets or necklaces so that we can easily keep a child count at all times. We will also have buckets of water available to keep the grill flames down and to toss used sparklers in after the kids are done with them.
I have a lot of fun ideas for 4th of July this year. Getting together with a few friends and family members is always a great time. We plan to be organized, safe and ready for a great evening of colorful skies.
If you need some money saving ideas for 4th of July celebrations, take a moment to look over a previous post: Budget Friendly 4th of July Celebration Ideas
What will you be doing this 4th of July?