Prepping for the Ultimate Summer Party in Denver

June 28, 2021

America’s backyard bash. The 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer. For most of us, it is a holiday brimming with the memories of backyard parties of the past and anticipation of future summers. Nothing says Independence Day better than family and friends meeting up for an outdoor gathering14. Prepping for a backyard party can feel like a lot, but thorough planning will let it be an absolute blast! Check out some simple prep ideas for a fun backyard party to make this season’s Fourth of July party your best yet. 

Eats, Sweets, and Drinks

As you create the event menu, consider simple but fun. Consider thematic drinks such as non-alcoholic red, white, and blue layered punch or blue margaritas. Then try something completely different and unexpected for dessert like a watermelon cake. And when you’re deciding on the main dish, hot dogs and hamburgers are about as summertime as it gets.

You may even make it a potluck, depending on who you’re inviting. Ask guests to bring their preferred 4th of July themed side dish or snack. A potluck won’t only make planning and setup easier; it also makes for a wide variety of dishes.

Grill Gear

Whether you’re having hot dogs and hamburgers or steak and chicken, your grill is the most important aspect of the party and has to be primed and ready to go.

Choose your grill based on the following: how long it takes to set up/clean up, if you prefer a smoky flavor, portability, and price. Gas grills are the most common choice because of their ease of use and efficiency. Charcoal grills are favored by traditionalists but necessitate more set-up and clean-up. Electric grills can be used in or out of doors.

Smokers have grown to become a popular selection for carnivorous grill masters. Smokers are designed to cook low and slow. Smokers can require some more time and forethought, but the end result is absolutely worth the wait.

If you already have your grill of choice, make sure you have the right tools to get the best results.

  • Extra-long tongs
  • Grill basket
  • Thermometer
  • Durable grill brush

Entertainment for All Ages

Considering you have the specifics of the party sorted out, it’s now time to decide on fun backyard party ideas to keep your party guests entertained. It’s always a wise move to have some games available as well as some music playing.

  • Horseshoes
  • Bocce ball
  • Corn hole
  • Patriotic capture the flag (using red and blue flags)
  • Flag football
  • Red, white, and blue tag
  • Relay races (three-legged races, potato sack races)

Party Favors

Having some fun flare available for attendees when they arrive can really spice up a party. Patriotic-themed party hats, glasses, and noisemakers are great options. Having a DIY photo booth can also be a fun way to have a memorable party.

And it should be no question, no July Fourth celebration would be complete without sparklers.

We hope these backyard party tips help spark some creativity in your backyard festivities!

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