There's nothing better than celebrating our nation’s independence than with family and friends while attending parades, concerts, family barbecues and watching dazzling fireworks light up our night skies.
If this year's festivities will commence at your home, never fear, the Organizing Genie is here with a Ten Step Guide to create a memorable stress-free Fourth of July celebration!
1. Send out written invitations, e-vites or Facebook invites this week. Ask guests to bring along a dish — they will be more than happy to help out, especially since you are gracious enough to open your home to provide a place for family and friends to gather and celebrate.
2. Shop and save on menu fare today. The typical menu for a Fourth of July celebration calls for hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, chips, beverages, and so forth. Currently, grocery stores are having great sales on all of these items, making it the perfect time to stock up now and avoid the last-minute shoppers on July 3rd.
3. Show off your patriotic decorative side. With a red, white, and blue patriotic theme, decorating for your Fourth of July party can be so much fun. From streamers and balloons to plates, cups, napkins and tablecloths you can choose red, white, or blue or a nice combination of all of them. Don't forget to hang a large American flag near your front door or garage as well! Now is a great time to visit the party and dollar stores for all your party decorating needs.
4. Create a patriotic playlist of music. There's no better way to set the tone of your party than by playing a mixture of old and new patriotic-themed music and any other favorite tunes that go well with a family party to help create a fun and festive atmosphere. From yesterday's classics "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key and "America the Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates to today's hits "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen and "God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood, you can create a mixture for all ages.
5. Prepare the grill. Give your grill a great scrub down and make sure your gas tank is full. Yes, this might sound simple, but it is very easily overlooked. Many of times we’ve been to family parties and have the gas run out halfway through the party. You don’t want to be caught in that situation so always make sure the tank is topped off!
6. Devise a backup plan. If your local weather shows a threat of showers, plan ahead and be prepared to move the party into your garage or another room in your home. I always start by viewing the weather seven days in advance and then begin keeping a keen eye on its update as the days creep closer, just to be prepared if Mother Nature intends on dampening the festivities.
7. Clean up your patio and yard. Check under tables and chairs and clean up spiders and bugs. Designate and create an activity section in your yard for children to play in. Use this area to set up a badminton net, croquet, soccer balls and nets or wading pool. To keep your yard clean, place a few trash cans in different locations around the property.
8. Be the host with the most, and keep your guests comfortable and safe by creating a basket filled with wipes, bug spray and sunscreen. Like tip six, you always want to be prepared, so always have the necessities readily available in case excessive sun and insects decide to invite themselves to your party!
9. Marinate and prepare as much of your holiday meal the night before so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating at your own party.
10. The most important step of all is to enjoy your Fourth of July celebration and remember that it is about spending time with friends and family as well as the independence of our country.
© 2013 Debbie Tremblay
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Debbie Tremblay is the "Organizing Genie" a Professional Organizational Expert & Clutter Consultant, Author, Writer, and Speaker. Her passion in life is to use her lifetime of acquired organizing skill sets to help those who have had enough of clutter and disorganization and are ready to transform their homes and lives into an organized and clutter free oasis. You can learn more about her services at www.OrganizingGenie.com.