There are a few times a year when a backyard BBQ is a must with family and friends, and the 4th of July is one of those times.
When hosting a gathering you want your guests to enjoy every aspect of the day and to tell everyone they know that nobody can host a better party than you.
At Destination Event Favors, we want to help you plan the best 4th of July party, EVER!
Follow these simple tips and your 4th of July party is sure to be a success.
1. It's All in the Recipes
When you think of a Backyard BBQ the first thing that comes to mind is cooking on the grill with items topped with your favorite smoky BBQ sauce, and accompanied by refreshing cold snacks and side items to compliment the savory, smoky flavors.
Below are two of our favorite recipes for hosting a Backyard BBQ,
Deviled Eggs & BBQ Grilled Ribs
These Deviled Eggs have a truly Southern secret ingredient that your guests will love, honey…that’s right I said honey. Not only does this add a unique, sweet flavor, it also makes the texture creamy. Use some of our honey to make these eggs and offer personalized jars for guests to take home with them to try your unforgettable recipe.
Deviled Eggs Recipe
8 Large Eggs, Boiled and Peeled, makes 16 Deviled Eggs
¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
2 Tablespoons Sweet Relish
1 Tablespoon Honey
Salt & Pepper to Taste
Paprika for Garnish
Directions: Boil eggs, chill completely, cut eggs in half, scoop yolk into a bowl, mash and add ingredients, stir, place mixture into sliced egg centers, sprinkle with paprika and refrigerate before serving.
BBQ Ribs Recipe
2 Slabs of Spare Ribs or Baby Back Ribs
4 Tablespoons Salt
5 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
8 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning or 6 Tablespoons Paprika & 2 Tablespoons Cayenne
3 Tablespoons Parsley
3 Tablespoons Pepper
Directions: Mix ingredients together in a bowl
Coat Ribs with Soy Sauce and Rub with Mix Mixture, place in Ziploc bag, refrigerate for two hours, remove ribs from bag and wrap in foil, place in oven for 2 ½ hours at 300 degrees.
Purchase your favorite store sauce or make it homemade by following this recipe:
8 oz can Tomato Sauce
1 Cup Ketchup
1 ½ Cups Cider Vinegar
½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
1 Tablespoon Worchestershire
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
3 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons finely Chopped Onion
Mix together, prepare night before and refrigerate to allow flavors to come together.
If cooking on a charcoal grill soak hickory chips in water for 30 minutes. Cooking with hickory chips will add extra flavor.
Remove foil, brush with BBQ Sauce and add ribs to grill, cover and cook on medium for 30 minutes, turn half way through and brush with more BBQ Sauce.
To check for doneness, take a fork and twist slightly into one rib only so you can keep your ribs looking nice for your guests.
Remove from grill and serve with BBQ Sauce on the side.
Create a designated area for your food and beverage to be displayed. If it is outdoors, make sure the area is covered in the event or incremental weather and place ice bowls under your cold items. To contribute to your 4th of July, Backyard BBQ decorations you can add a table runner, perfect for accenting your beverage and food stations.
Create a buffet table for your guests to self-serve. Add signs to designate food items. This is a great way to communicate what items you are serving. You can have the item and description listed on these signs and display if an item is allergen free. You can add a GF for gluten free, DF for Dairy Free, etc.
2. Ice Cold Refreshments
With the hot summer heat of July, the beverages should be ice cold and refreshing.
Start the party by greeting your guests with a tray of premade drinks that they can enjoy upon their arrival. These beverages will be your guest’s first impression at your party, so be sure to make something you think your guests will all like. Although you know your guests better than we do, some suggestions could include a red and blue layered margarita made with strawberry and blue curacao or raspberry and blueberry mojitos with fresh mint, spiced rum and club soda garnished with lime. Make it truly authentic by adding a piece of sugar cane.
Your passed cocktails can be served in our personalized mason jars with BBQ themed straws, these also make the perfect gifts for your guests to take home with them to always remember your amazing party.
For the drinks for the remainder of the day, we recommend a beverage station. A station can add to your décor and offer your guests a designated location to refill their beverages. It also leaves you more time to enjoy mingling with your guests.
An easy, great way to serve beverages is with beverage dispensers, you can make lemonade with fresh cut lemon slices and water with strawberries, blueberries and white flowers, to keep with the 4th of July theme of red, white and blue.
3. Create a Playlist
No matter the event, music is always key in hosting a party.
Create a playlist from Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA to Zac Brown’s Toes, whatever music reminds you of relaxing outside on a sunny summer day. Your guests will definitely recognize the extra effort you made creating a playlist to enjoy during your 4th of July celebration. Conduct a sound check of your music to make sure it is the perfect volume and confirm that your device has enough power or is near an outlet.
4. Games, Games and More Games
It’s important for your guests to have a way to engage with each other and games are great. Especially, if your friends and family do not all know each other.
Some fun adult outside games could include cornhole, horseshoes, hook and ring toss, or life size jenga.
For guests that would prefer more lounge styled games, we recommend setting up and area with smaller tables and chairs for table top checkers or tic tac toe.
5. Make it Kid Friendly
If you are not already aware of if everyone has kids or what their ages are be sure to do your research. Depending on their ages will determine what activities will be best suited and the most fun for them.
An activity that kids of all ages will enjoy is slip and slide, you can’t go wrong with this classic.
Another fun activity for kids, is an art station, setup tables for hand painting, or chalk boards with chalk for writing and drawing. Visit your local crafts store and purchase paint and brushes and have a picture of their favorite cartoon character or superhero for inspiration.
6. Lighting is Important
During the day, there should be a shaded area for guests to relax away from the sun. Not all guests may remember to bring sunglasses. You can setup an area where guests are entering that includes fun sunglasses, hats, sun tan lotion and even mosquito repellent.
If you plan on hosting your party into the evening you want to ensure that you have ample lighting, whether it is outdoor lights on your patio or lanterns or candles on tables, you want your guests to be able to see each other. Another great way to light an area is to have festival lighting, this will set the perfect ambiance for your party.
If you follow these 6 simple tips your guests will have a great time at your
4th of July party.
So start your planning, make your guest list, do your shopping, and finally relax and enjoy the festivities with family and friends.