Tips for Inexpensive 4th of July Parties
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Tips for Inexpensive 4th of July Parties

Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 7:00 am
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4th of july foodOne of the great things about having a 4th of July party is that you can do it inexpensively. These types of parties are meant to be casual and easy going. Many of them are held in someone’s backyard. This gives hosts the ability to throw a nice party without having to spend a fortune to do it. Try some of these ideas!

Make it a Pool Party
Families that have a pool should make use of it for a 4th of July party! The weather will be warm and guests can cool off in the pool. Your pool can provide hours of entertainment for the adults and the kids at the same time. Send invitations that let guests know that they can bring their swimsuits, towels, and sunscreen.

Red, White, and Blue Decorations
Do you have some paper or plastic plates stored away? How is your supply of plastic cups, plastic utensils, and paper napkins? Now is a great time to use up the “leftover” red ones that you saved after Valentine’s Day.

Have you run out? Time to hit the local Dollar store! They should have everything you need. If you don’t see these items in a Stars and Stripes pattern then look for solid colors. You might also want to pick up an inexpensive plastic tablecloth to cover an outdoor table (where food will be served from). Save the unused red and white napkins, plates, and cups, for Christmas.

Ask Guests to Bring a Dish
Catering can be expensive. Instead of paying for catering, many families make use of their grill. It is perfectly acceptable to ask guests to bring a dish to pass (or some beverages to share) for a casual party for the 4th of July. Just make sure you include that request in the invitation. In my family, the host grills the “main course” and everyone else brings side dishes and desserts.

Serve Kid Friendly Drinks
The day will probably be very warm. Keep your guests properly hydrated by making sure there are a lot of kid-friendly beverages for them. Ice water will be a welcome choice. Mix up a pitcher of inexpensive red or blue Kool-Aide. Simple ideas like these can work well for a 4th of July party. If you are going to serve soda, do a price check to see if the 2 liters are cheaper than the cans.

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