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.
|Classic Bale Jar Drink Dispenser|
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.
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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.
|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.
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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).
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
|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