Prepping for the Ultimate Summer Party in Sarasota

June 28, 2021

America’s backyard bash. The 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer. For many of us, the Fourth is a holiday filled with the nostalgia of past backyard parties and longing for summers to come. Nothing says ”Independence Day” better than an outdoor gathering with family and friends. Prepping for a backyard party might feel like a bit much, but with proper planning, it will go off without a hitch! Take a look at some simple prep ideas for a fun backyard party to make this season’s Fourth of July party the best yet. 

Eats, Sweets, and Drinks

As you create the menu for the event, think easy but fun. Try different drinks with a theme like non-alcoholic red, white, and blue layered punch or blue margaritas. Try out a very different dessert like a watermelon cake. And for the main dish, hot dogs and hamburgers are just about as ”summertime” as it gets.

Depending on who is on your guest list, you can even choose to have a potluck. Ask guests to bring their preferred 4th of July themed side dish or snack. This won’t only make your job easier; it’ll also make for a variety of food options.

Grill Gear

Whether you choose hot dogs and hamburgers or steak and chicken, your grill is the pièce de résistance of the party and needs to be primed and ready for action.

Choose your grill based on these elements: time to set up/clean up, if you like a smoky flavor, its portability, and price. Propane grills are most often chosen because they’re easy to use and they're efficient. Charcoal grills are favored by traditionalists yet need more prep and clean-up. Electric grills can be used in or out of doors.

Smokers are becoming a popular choice for meat-loving grill masters. Smokers are intended for low and slow cooking. Smokers can take more time and planning, but the end result is absolutely worth the wait.

If you’ve already made your choice on grill type, be sure you’re ready with the proper tools to finish the job.

  • Extra-long tongs
  • Grill basket
  • Thermometer
  • Durable grill brush

Entertainment for All Ages

Once you have the party details sorted out, it is the time to begin planning fun backyard party ideas to keep your party guests entertained. It is a good choice to have some games set out as well as some music playing.

  • Horseshoes
  • Bocce ball
  • Corn hole
  • Patriotic capture the flag (using red and blue flags)
  • Flag football
  • Red, white, and blue tag
  • Relay races (three-legged races, potato sack races)

Party Favors

Having some fun items ready for guests upon arrival can really fire up a party. Patriotic-themed party hats, glasses, and noisemakers are perfect choices. Having a do-it-yourself photo booth might also be a fun way to host a memorable party.

And of course, no 4th of July get together would be complete without sparklers.

We hope these backyard party tips help spark some creativity in your backyard festivities!

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