With Independence Day just around the corner, it’s time to put on your patriotic party hat and fire up the grill for a barbecue. Follow the tips and ideas provided in these articles – from menu suggestions to DIY dinnerware – to guarantee this year’s celebration sparkles:
If you’re planning a family-friendly menu, Disney Family Fun has 30+ recipe ideas, from red, white and blueberry fruit salad to fiesta fajitas to Uncle Sam ice cream cones and more. If you’re catering to more mature taste buds, try this gourmet grilling menu instead. You can also grab some ideas from these lists of red, white and blue and patriotic-themed desserts. Top off your menu with festive drinks, using this guide from Epicurious to determine how much to offer.
Activities for Kids
Keep any children at the party entertained with these crafts for kids from Disney Family Fun. Tip Junkie also offers a number of ideas, including popsicle stick flags, bean bag toss, Uncle Sam windsocks and a flag tag relay. Or, check out these printable word puzzles and coloring pages to get their creative juices flowing.
Decorations & Dinnerware
Hosting the party this year? Add some flavor with homemade dinnerware, like these DIY star glasses from Martha Stewart. Or try one of these eight ideas for Independence Day decorations – red, white and blue paper lanterns, window decorations, and star ornaments, to name a few. If your guests will be spending time indoors as well, give your photos some extra sparkle with this illuminated firework art project from one of our favorite home décor blogs, Design*Sponge.
Keeping this month’s Home Safety Month theme in mind, be extra careful around the grills and fireworks next week. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission offers guides for firework safety, as well as firework facts and state laws. Related government organizations also have guides for barbecue, campfire and boating safety.
What are you planning this year?