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July 01 2016 // 5:00 AM

3 Steps to Throwing a Legendary 4th of July Party

Written by Dan Fabriziana | @PAEVENdan

3 Steps to Throwing a Legendary 4th of July Party

With one of the greatest American holidays right around the corner, let’s take this week’s Savant article out of the office and talk about the 4th of July.  Here are some must-haves to make your red, white, and blue party a success.

1.  Fireworks

Who doesn’t like fireworks? Although snakes, sparklers, bottle rockets, roman candles, and some m-cats are fun and entertaining, try taking a trip to a store other than your local super market to buy your fireworks.  If for some reason you’re stuck with traditional super market fireworks, here’s a little tip for you: combine your fireworks together instead of just shooting one off at a time. For instance, instead of just shooting one bottle rocket off at a time, group a couple of bottles together and light a few at once.  The same idea works for roman candles, too.

Most importantly, BE CAREFUL when handling fireworks.  Make sure you’re complying with your local ordinances and click here to reach the National Council on Fireworks Safety’s website.

2.  Patriotic Food

Any great party needs great food. Plan on having appetizers and sides, main dishes, and desserts, and ensure that your guests eat well. One thing you might not plan for is that parties on the 4th of July usually start early in the day and go well into the night, so plan on having some extra hotdogs and hamburgers on reserve.

Try adding a little American spirit into your sides and appetizers.  Soup-up a standard potato salad by adding red skin potatoes and blue skin potatoes into the mix for a patriotic flare. I’m sure a similar concept can be used for a pasta salad.  How about a patriotic fruit salad? Select fruits that have a reddish tint (strawberries, watermelon, and grapes), a bluish tint (blueberries, and blackberries), and fruit that contains white, like apples.  
For the main entrée it’s a little tougher to bring that patriotic theme into the mix, but your grill is the key! Although it doesn’t get more American than hamburgers, and hot dogs, try saving them for later.  For the main event, go a little bigger: grilled chicken, ribs, steak, salmon, and corn on the cob will really please the crowd. 


For dessert, again, get patriotic! If you plan on having cake, why not make it an American flag.  Bake the cake in a rectangular dish, use white frosting to cover it, and then decorate it with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream to create the stars and the stripes. For cupcakes, you can create the American flag by frosting individual cupcakes red, white, or blue, and then arranging them on the display to make an American flag.

3.  Themed Music


Finally, but just as important as everything else, you must have great patriotic music playing at all times.  If you use Pandora, try the “4th of July” radio station, or shop around on your music platforme of choice.

I would like to thank you for being a part of this, and I hope these tips will help you throw an unforgettable patriotic summer party.
 

HAPPY 4th OF JULY EVERYONE!


Feel free to reach out to me at dfabriziana@paeven.com if you have any questions or comments. And remember: sharing is caring!

Best,
Daniel Fabriziana

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