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July 4th Picnic or Party Ideas!

Hey neighbors!!

Who doesn't love gathering together with friends and family for a 4th of July picnic or party?  Here are a few ideas if you happen to be the one planning the get together.

Table Decor and Supplies
First off if you are creative I found a beautiful tablecloth made from handkerchiefs or bandanas.  You could easily make several for all the tables, or make just one for your main serving table.  See the picture below.


You can also purchase reusable, wipe off tablecloths, so you can put them away and use them year after year.  You can choose a 4th of July design, or choose plain red, plain white and plain blue, and then you can pull them out for other occasions too.


If you choose the handkerchiefs, you can also use extras as napkins!!  Other options of course include disposable napkins.

You have plenty options for table decor.  You can choose red, white and blue carnations for your centerpieces, or you can purchase table decor from places like Hobby Lobby or Amazon.



Look at this table top cooler to help keep beverages and cold drinks cool! 


Be sure to decorate with plenty of red, white and blue!!  You can of course go the easier route, and just purchase a set of plates, napkins, etc.



General Decorations
Obviously these choices will be based on whether you are having an indoor or outdoor celebration.  Inside you will most likely hang a few decorations on the wall, while outside, you can string decorations around the yard.  Be sure to put a nice patriotic looking sign out front to announce the party to people as they arrive. This works well too if you are meeting at a park or pavilion.


Games
1. For the kids you could plan a red, white and blue water ballon war.  Just make sure parents know to bring a change of clothing.  Or pull out the slip and slide.

2. Fill a mason jar with red, white and blue candy, like jelly beans, and ask guests to guess how many are in the jar.  Have pens and small sheets of paper available for them to write their estimate on. The winner gets to take the jar of jelly beans home.  

3. Plan a Patriotic Scavenger Hunt where clues will lead guests to find miniature soldiers, Statue of Liberty, flags and more!

4. Play a game of flag football.

5. Put up sheet after dark, and let the adults and children watch a patriotic movie.  Options include National Treasure, Captain America, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Night at the Museum, even The Music Man.

For the competitive games have small rewards.  Maybe take home a watermelon, a $5 GC for a local restaurant, or just some gag gifts.  Get creative and have fun!!

Food
Generally, keeping it simple is best.  Some may want to cater in food, or create elaborate meals, but keep the day easy for you too.  If it works for you, you could have people sign up to bring a certain dish so it all does not fall on your shoulders. Fire up the grill and cook some hamburgers and hotdogs.  For the kids you could heat up some chicken nuggets or mini corndogs.  Open a few bags of chips with dip or even popcorn.  Add some potato or macaroni salad, which you can keep cold in your table top cooler (see above).  A big pot of baked beans goes well too.



Drinks can include ice tea or lemonade and have a few strawberries and blueberries that can be added to the drinks.  The kids might prefer a punch or even Kool-aid.  

Desserts can include Strawberry Shortcake.  Between the strawberries, whipped topping and add a few blueberries and it will fit right in with your red, white and blue theme.  Cut up some nice, juicy, watermelon for a cool refreshing treat on that warm summer day.  Another idea would be cherry and blueberry pies with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.



Entertainment
Be sure to have some cd's on hand to play throughout the day.  And once evening comes you can watch your movie (see above), pull out some sparklers, or watch the local fireworks.  Set up a table with some board games for the "older" children. 

Hope this helps give someone a few ideas.  Thanks for stopping by, where neighbors share!  Share a few of your own ideas in the comments.



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