Kids catching lightening bugs as the sun dips down; adults sipping on their favorite rose with perhaps a hint of Aperol or Campari. The scene is set for a perfect 4th of July! Although this moment feels magical, it takes more than a quick wave of a wand to arrive here. As with any party or gathering, a little bit of prep can go a long way for a perfect evening.
If you are hosting a party, having a game plan a week or so ahead of time relieves the majority of last-minute panic. Today we are going to discuss food, drinks, and what to bring.
Start with the food. Will you be serving nibbles or a full dinner? Are you envisioning an elegant sit-down dining experience or a casual burgers-and-franks affair? Put together a grocery list and make sure you have all the ingredients you need the day of the party. Whenever possible, choose recipes that can be prepped, such hamburgers, or prepared like pasta salad, ahead of time. That way, when guests arrive, you aren’t stuck in the kitchen.
The morning of the party, check that all plates, cups, utensils, and serverware is clean and set aside. The food that you prepared ahead of time? Transfer it to your serving plates and trays, such as our Personalized Slate & Acacia Charcuterie Board with Cheese Knife, with a welcoming message for guests 30 minutes before guests arrive.
Next, consider drinks. Consider who will be attending your party. Will it strictly be adults? Will kids be joining the fun? For the adults, an assortment of beer and wine is recommended. Pack a cooler with your favorite beers and a good amount of ice. Be sure to include a bottle opener and bin labeled for recyclables. On the table next to the beer cooler, lay out your wine selection. Our Personalized Wooden Wine Trough is perfect for parties! Before guests arrive, open a bottle of red and a bottle of white as many guests are hesitant to do so themselves. Keep a corkscrew on the beverage table along with an assortment of glassware like our Personalized 15 oz. Stemless Wine Glasses. Be sure to also include non-alcoholic drinks such as sparkling water, iced tea, and sodas in a separate, labeled cooler at the other end of the table. This prevents anyone from grabbing an alcoholic drink by mistake.
On the flip side, what if you are not hosting but attending a 4th of July party? What do you need to bring to be a great guest? First, start by asking the host or hostess if there is anything specific you should bring. The host may request a bottle of wine, dessert, or a couple of bags of ice. Carry ice or keep drinks cold in summer style with the Personalized Striped Large Cooler Tote. Offering plenty of space for wine, dessert, and drink accessories, such as koozies or lime wedges, this cooler features a classic, nautical stripe design.
Keep the fresh, summer vibe going with our Personalized Straw Clutch Set. Our cute clutch set can be dressed up or down for just about any summer occasion, including 4th of July parties. Tuck our Personalized Red, White and Blue Turkish Towel into the larger clutch. Use it later as a picnic blanket for a fireworks display or to wrap around your shoulders if there is a chill in the air.
Finally, even if the hosting family says you don’t need to bring anything, a customized hostess gift is always appreciated! This gift does not need to be elaborate, it can be anything from fresh-baked cookies, to a bouquet of flowers, to insulated wine glasses, such as our Personalized Double-walled Wine Tumbler. Any gift that comes from the heart will be welcomed!