We love the Fourth of July. It’s the perfect day to spend outdoors with the family and celebrate our independence. If you are hosting an outdoor cookout this year, here are some tips to make your party fun!
Go Patriotic with your Lighting. If you read this blog, you know that we are firm believers that professional landscape and outdoor lighting makes outdoor entertaining more fun and easier. Deck and patio lights are a great way to keep your guests outdoors, but when it comes to the Fourth of July, consider adding some more lighting that’s patriotic. Do you have red Christmas lights laying around? Put them up! If you have white string lights, hang them around your deck. You can buy red, white and blue paper cups to shade them. Cut the bottom of the cup and slip the bulb inside. It takes just a few minutes, but screams U.S.A.
Another idea is using candles in your centerpieces, but adding a little red, white and blue. You can buy colored sand from any craft store. Layer the sand in a vase or mason jar and place your candle on top. It looks great during the day and as it gets dark. If you want to add some extra sparkle, sprinkle confetti around the table and the light from the candles will shine right after it.
Have something refreshing to drink. When it’s hot out, there is nothing like a yummy and cold drink. Since it’s a special day, try a special drink. This Blackberry-Mint Julep from Food and Wine Magazine is delicious and refreshing.
Do something different than burgers. Everyone loves a good hamburger, but if you want to try something different (but still easy), try grilling up some pizzas! Yes, I said pizza on the grill. If you’ve never grilled a pizza before, here’s a great guide from Kitchn.com. Buy all of the toppings people may enjoy and have it be part of the party. People can make custom pizzas right there on the grill!
Research the best fireworks in town and go there early. Don’t leave it until the last minute to figure out where you are going to watch fireworks. Instead, do the research in advance and plan accordingly. Plan to get to the venue at least an hour and half in advance of the fireworks. The closer you make it, the less likely are to find parking and a place to lay out your blanket to watch the fireworks. Take you drive time into account when planning out your meal.
And our last tip is easy: have fun! From everyone here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, have a happy, safe and bright Fourth of July.