Stress Free July 4th Party – Five Simple Steps

In honor of Independence Day, I’m sharing five simple steps to throwing a stress free July 4th party.  These ideas should work whether you are having a block-wide blow out or just celebrating as a family.   Holidays can be stressful.  Parties can be stressful.  But if you follow this simple plan you should be able to enjoy a stress free July 4th party.

  1. Plan a simple menu.  Aim for at least 1/3 of the items to be something you can make in advance.  Another third should be zero effort items (open the bag of baby carrots and pour in a bowl) or items you can delegate.  For the remaining third, try for recipes you can make without a ton of effort.  Make sure you plan for plenty of hydration options (mostly water).
  2. Tidy your home realistically.  Most of the party will be out-doors, right?  So do you really need to vacuum under the bed in the kids room?
  3. Plan for fun, heat, sun, and bugs.  Make sure you add bug repellant and sun block to your shopping list.  Then hit the dollar store for some glow sticks and inexpensive decorations.   Pop over to Pinterest to gather a few ideas for keeping the kids entertained and safe.
  4. Invite friends and family that give you joy.
  5. Have fun. Relax. People are there to see YOU, not to see how well you can clean your home.

Since you are wondering, I’m happy to share my plans for a stress free July 4th party.

    • Menu: Grilled Chicken, Watermelon, Corn and Basil Salad (recipe to follow, the frozen corn keeps it fresh all day), Vanilla Ice Cream with Blueberries and Strawberries. (Maybe a bunch of red white and blue popsicles if I have time to make them in advance)
    • Snacky menu:  chunks of fruit, pretzels, popcorn
    • Drinks:  Water, lemonade, iced tea and pre-made frozen adult drinks.  I’ll have plain bottled water plus some flavored waters.
    • Fun Stuff:  glow sticks, sparklers (love the idea of using cups to keep little hands safe), running through the sprinklers, thinking about a people parade (having the kids decorate themselves as parade floats and then marching around the yard), and sending the kids on a scavenger hunt.
    • Decorations:  Whatever catches my eye at the dollar store.  Total budget is $10, so it won’t be much.  I’ll add some white twinkle lights from the Christmas box if I can find them.  If I can’t find anything suitable at the dollar store, I’ll go for simple.   (Red table cloth, blue napkins, white plates.  Centerpiece like the one I pinned.   With the lights and food that should be enough.
    • Crafty Stuff:  I love the idea of glow in the dark bubbles and using glow sticks in jars.   If I get ambitious (or desperate) we may tie-dye some t-shirts in red and blue.  I loves this crafty windsock craft from crafts 4 boys. She has ideas this boy mom loves.

So what are your plans for July 4th?  Are you throwing a July 4th party?  Attending a party?  Or simply enjoying family time? 

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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