Host a Fab 4th in 5 Easy Steps!

If you haven’t already made plans for Independence Day this Thursday, it’s not too late to get a few friends together and host your own party. The idea of throwing together a party in just a few days may sound stressful, but it can be easily done with very little prep. Here are my 5 necessities for hosting a fab 4th of July party:

1. Easy Prep Dishes – For any party, I always like to have a bowl of mixed fruit (blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries) and a veggie platter on hand for snacking. Whether you’re going pot-luck style or you’re preparing each dish, here are two of my favorite, easy summer recipes that can be tailored to your guests’ preferences:

Black Bean Dip
Mix 1-16 oz. can black beans, 1 – 8 oz. can white peg corn, 1 8 oz. can yellow corn, 1 diced medium avocado, 3/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 diced medium tomato, 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion, juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp of pepper in a medium sized bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve with tortilla scoops. Serve with shredded lettuce or quinoa for a vegetarian dish.

Mango Chutney Burgers
In a large bowl, mix 1 lb. ground beef, 1/2 cup chopped green onions, 2 tbsp. mango chutney, 1/2 cup cilantro, and 1 tsp. garlic powder. Form into hamburger patties and throw on the grill for 8-10 minutes. Lightly toast buns for 30 seconds to 1 minute and garnish burger with avocado, lettuce, swiss cheese, tomato, and onions.

2. Drinks

Water Jugs
Classic Bale Jar Drink Dispenser

Berry-Infused Water
The night before the party, fill 15-20 ice trays with water, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries then freeze over night. Once the party begins, fill a large drink dispenser, like the one shown above, with water and add 2 trays of the ice cubes to the dispenser each hour.

Summer Cocktail
[via Martha Stewart]

Berry Spritzers

In a blender, puree 3 cups of blackberries, 1 cup of raspberries, 1/2 cup of simple syrup, 1/2 cup of white grape juice, and 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain mixture through mesh sieve and discard solids. Pour in another bale jar drink dispenser over ice and mix with sparkling wine. Garnish with patriotic fruit skewers or mini flags.

Craft Beer Station
Tablecraft Beverage Bucket

Instead of doing a traditional potluck, invite each of your guests to bring a 6 or 12 – pack of their favorite craft beer. Fill tubs with ice and the various beers, then arrange self-serve drink stations around the party.

3. Sparklers

4th of July Fireworks
[via Southern Living]

Set some sparklers out for your guests in glass mason jars and vases to create your own fireworks display. Order them online at sparklersrus.com (check your local laws and restrictions before buying).

4. Sunscreen and Bug Spray

Party Ideas

In the summertime, my use of bug spray can be likened to one’s use of Chanel No. 5. Honestly, I exude an aura of “Off!” This leads me to wonder about my single relationship status, but I digress. Anyways, keeping lots of sunscreen on ice is also especially important. I love how Imperfect Homemaking arranged a mixture of sunscreens and bug spray in buckets to be set up around the party.

5. The Right Outfit

Summer Style
Obey Tank// Red Valentino High-Waist Shorts// Tory Burch Amalie Sandal// Prada Sunglasses
Miss Rebel Denim Bralet (similar here)// Alexander Wang Cropped Pullover// Eight Sixty Printed Tie-Waist Shorts// Casadei for Prabal Gurung Blade Wedge Sandal// Lanvin Sunglasses
No party is complete without the right outfit. This summer, I’m loving high-waist shorts, crop tops, fun prints, and strappy sandals. Mix and match the tops and keep the cropped pullover nearby when (if) temperatures drop later in the evening.
What are some of your favorite tips for hosting a Summer party?

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