Prepping for the Ultimate Summer Party in Pittsburgh

June 28, 2021

America’s backyard bash. The 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer. For most of us, the Fourth is a holiday filled with the fond recollection of bygone backyard parties and longing for upcoming summers. Nothing says Independence Day like friends and family meeting up for an outdoor gathering14. Prepping for a backyard party can feel like a lot, but with proper planning, it will succeed with no problems! Enjoy some simple prep ideas for a fun backyard party to make this season’s July 4th party the best yet. 

Eats, Sweets, and Drinks

When you come up with your menu for the event, think modest but fun. Try different drinks with a theme like non-alcoholic red, white, and blue layered punch or blue margaritas. Make something unexpected for dessert like a watermelon cake. And when you’re deciding on the main dish, hot dogs and hamburgers are about as summer as it gets.

Depending who is getting an invitation, you can even make it a potluck. Ask attendees to bring their best 4th of July themed appetizer or side dish. This won’t only make hosting easier; it also makes for a variety of dishes.

Grill Gear

Whether you choose hot dogs and hamburgers or steak and chicken, your grill is the most important aspect of the party and must be primed and ready for action.

Decide what grill is best based on these factors: how long it takes to set up/clean up, if you prefer a smoky flavor, its portability, and investment. Gas grills are the most common for their ease of use and efficiency. Charcoal grills are preferred by traditionalists but necessitate more time to set up and clean-up. Electric grills may be used indoors or out.

Smokers have also become a popular choice for meat-loving grill masters. Smokers are designed to cook low and slow. They can take some more time and forethought, but the final result is absolutely worth the wait.

If you have already chosen your grill, be sure you’re ready with the right tools to get the job done.

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

Entertainment for All Ages

Once you have the party specifics figured out, it’s now time to plan fun backyard party ideas to keep guests entertained. It’s always a wise move to have a selection of games available 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

Setting out some fun favors available for your party guests when they get there can really spice up the party. Patriotic-themed glasses, noisemakers, and party hats are excellent options. Offering a do-it-yourself photo booth is also a fun way to host a memorable party.

And don’t forget, no Independence Day party would be complete without sparklers.

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

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