The Fourth of July is a holiday best spent with friends and family. It’s a day to just hang out (preferably by a body of water), grill up some delicious food, enjoy some cold cocktails, and celebrate America.
If a big get together sounds like a bit much at this point, why not mix things up with a simple, casual dinner party? For me, I much prefer the intimacy of a dinner party than a large gathering of some people I know and some I do not. The best part of hosting a Fourth of July dinner party is that you can keep things incredibly casual and easy. Just through some food on the grill, set the table and enjoy some time with friends outdoors. A little more intimate than your typical BBQ, but still just as fun and easy.
Tips for an Easy Fourth of July Dinner Party
Keep the Food Simple
Fourth of July food is all about the grill. It’s nothing fussy. Just the American classics like burgers and hot dogs. I love the idea of putting together a hot dog bar which can easily be used as a hamburger bar as well. A delicious watermelon salad, because you can’t have summer without watermelon, some of course some chili lime corn and last, but definitely not least a cold cocktail (or 3), rounds out the a meal that is both festive and easy.
Decorate on Theme with American Flags
Obviously when it comes to decorating for a Fourth of July dinner party, the theme and color scheme is pretty obvious. Stick with the classic Red, White and Blue and be sure to throw in all the American Flags.
American Flags are the easiest/cheapest way to stay on theme. you can use only American Flags and be good to go as far as decor for your dinner party goes. You can create full centerpieces, decorate your yard, or use them as place cards for seating. Literally any aspect of decorating and you are good to go.
Pick-up Some Flowers
But keep it easy. Fourth of July is nothing fancy, so the flowers don’t need to be elaborate by any means. Keep things simple and inexpensive with some white hydrangeas (a few go a long way and make a huge impact) and some red carnations. Both inexpensive, but still beautiful and on theme. Note: I used white roses because they were left over from our anniversary. Still pretty, just may be a little more expensive than hydrangeas.
Keep it Casual
Again, the Fourth of July is supposed to be a fun, easy holiday. Nothing fussy or fancy. I decided to skip the table cloth to keep it feeling more casual. The plates are all plastic/enamel and the outdoor setting keeps it light. There is no need to get all crazy with fancy flatware and elaborate centerpieces. It’s a time to just hangout, enjoy each others company and celebrate America!
The thing about putting together a tablescape, no matter the occasion, is the details. For this Fourth of July dinner party, there are several fun and inexpensive details that add to the set-up.
The themed paper straws used for cocktails (or water) we found at Marshalls. Both the Stars & Stripes dishes (perfect for condiments or appetizers) and the American Flags were found in the dollar section at Target and lastly the sparklers! Another Target find that make for a perfect little party gift that can be used once the sun goes down.