1. MUSIC I am the biggest advocate of background music at parties. It sets the tone! It can make a party less awkward. It is the ultimate Ice Breaker. Luckily, I made a fun American themed playlist ( MERICA )! Follow me on Spotify @ SaraJane George to get the playlist!
2. Patriotic Prizes & Giveaways I got patriotic socks, windmills, decals, etc. It’s also handy to have red, white, and blue stuff that others can wear in case they forgot to come in MERICA attire. 3. Non Firework Fun It can be difficult to make the Independence Day thrilling without fireworks. However, some kids are way too young to participate. Martha Stewart had a great idea. Fill balloons with confetti and pop them! A colorful explosion without letting your kids near fire. Another idea… Have a bike parade! Let the wee ones decorate their scooters, bikes, and trikes! Let them strut their stuff on the sidewalk!4. Food Decor I am no cook. But what I can handle when it comes to BBQ-ing is the presentation. A hamburger or hot dog looks even more beautiful when its accompanied by a fun lined basket, paired with festive napkins. 5. Long Exposure Shots These pictures can be so fun for young and old alike. It brings out creativity and imagination! July Fourth also happens to be the perfect time to do them because of SPARKLERS!!! Here is a link to a tutorial post I did on Long Exposure Shots. Here are my nieces and nephews taking a crack at it! 6. Outfit Competition Encourage your guests to wear patriotic and festive attire! The more outrageous the better! Best outfit gets a prize. 7. GAMES GAMES GAMES - water balloon dodgeball- played exactly like dodgeball except you get soaking wet! -Baseball or Football- what’s more American than those sports? -croquet- it really brings the classiness factor up at a barbeque. -Potato Bag race or Three legged race- I love these games because it gets every age involved. 8. Trivia Have U.S. history and trivia questions ready while dinner is being prepared. It’s fun to see how much we really know about our AMAZING nation. Here’s a few links to some trivia questions: American Trivia, More American Trivia, Even More American Trivia 9. Flag Hunt Take some mini flags and hide them through out the yard. Similarly to an Easter egg hunt, little ones go searching! The one who finds the most flags wins a prize. Another way to have a flag hunt is to make it a counting competition. Hide flags everywhere, little ones and big ones, on napkins and plates. etc. The only rule: Flags that people are wearing on their own body do not count. Know before hand how many flags there are in the yard. The person with the correct answer wins a prize! 10. Sweet Treats Pinterest had this awesome idea of taking a classic American treat, Root beer floats, and making them even more patriotic. I changed the idea slightly but you could do any variation really. -Cold mug -Vanilla Ice Cream -Jones Soda- Strawberry Lime and Berry Lemonade (Red & Blue) -Fresh Rasperries AWESOME. It is honestly so refreshing and tasty! Have an awesome Fourth of July! U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A!