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Get ready for 4th of July celebrations

Monday, June 27, 2016

Celebrations for the 4th of July are just around the corner, which can call for big gatherings and bringing together your loved ones in honor of country’s independence. A popular way of enjoying the weather and the good company is to host a backyard  party featuring all-things American, an abundant meal and a good ambiance. Being organized is always a plus when prepping for an event, so here is some inspiration for what you will need to make the most of this holiday.

 

THE FOOD: Traditional BBQ fare for the festivities

photo via Delish

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day with friends, family and/or neighbors, delicious dishes such as summer slaw, fruit skewers, small bites and flag-inspired desserts are always crowd pleasers. Having a big barbecue in your backyard is also an all-time classic when it comes to this holiday’s traditions because who doesn’t love a good steak, grilled corn on the cob and burgers?  It’s quick and easy, as well as very tasty, and it’s a great opportunity to bond you're your guests over the grill. If you want a change of scenery, head to the park and have yourself a patriotic picnic with your crew.

 

THE DRINKS: Keep them cool

photo via Country Living

Complement your succulent meal with fun drinks to match the celebration! The possibilities are endless when it comes to themed cocktails and most will work, as long as they’re cold! Between smoothies, snow cones and lemonades, keep your guests hydrated and refreshed in the summer heat with some original concoctions. 

 

THE DECORATIONS: Add some sparkle

photo via Good Housekeeping

Have your decor match the patriotic mood by adding special decorations tailor-made for the 4th of July. Candles, pinwheels, wreaths, jars, lanterns and even utensils can be creatively customized to fit the theme of the special occasion. Go the extra mile and add a little spark to the event by safely setting off fireworks or tune in to the TV to see some spectacular firework shows from across the country.