Cue the fireworks, cocktails, and skewers! With 4th of July just around the corner, sparklers won’t be the only thing making noise this year. Every holiday, crowds gather around the block for parties and BBQ’s alike, ready to indulge in red, white, and blue festivities. The anticipation is brewing before the night’s fireworks. To ensure that everyone has a memorable experience, the festivities leading up to the grand finale are just as important.
Now, hosting a party doesn’t come easy without the planning. Our team of experts at Fresh n’ Lean have created a go-to guide for this year’s big event. With every detail nailed to a tee, your guests are in for a spectacular experience!
Let’s dive into it.
Time to start the party + heat the grill! (Vegetarians not allowed – just kidding!)
The food at each event is really what makes it a party, bringing everyone together for a unique culinary experience. While we don’t know everyone’s diets, it’s better to err on the side of caution and have an eclectic mix. Having a meat or protein dish and a vegetarian dish will give your guests options to choose from.
In short, quick and ease are what we’re aiming for here.
The most mouth-watering food aren’t just savory, but healthy, too. One option is Fresh n’ Lean’s salivating and freshly-prepared meals! You can visit our menu every Monday to see what options are on deck for that week. Not only your guests will be guaranteed a high-quality experience, but each meal is packed with all natural ingredients and rich nutrients. This requires minimal effort since everything arrives ready-to-eat. You can learn more here.
Here are 3 super easy dishes to make if you’re running low on ideas:
Skip out on the junk food. Instead of bringing out the potato chips and dips, avocado hummus and pita chips make a healthier alternative for those looking to “binge-snack” this holiday.
With the layer of breading over the top, this gives the tofu nuggets that extra crisp that’ll have you thinking these are the real thing — only healthier!
Nothing screams ‘summer’ at a 4th of July party more than the tropical vibes to go with it! This Thai Quinoa Salad will give your party that perfect mix of sweet and savory.
Don’t wait until it’s 5 minutes before to pass out the invites
Parties like the 4th of July can be rowdy, and at times, spindle out of control. As host, it’s your responsibility to hold down the fort. Your goal isn’t to clean up a mess, but to make sure one doesn’t occur in the first place. This calls for “preventive measures” to be put into place. Whether you’re sending out a quick text or formal Facebook invite, specify a start and end time. That way, you’re not left trying to cover up havoc at 2 a.m. once everyone’s left.
When sending out the invites, get specific. Is this a potluck or will you be providing the food and drinks? By giving guests a heads up, they’ll be prepared on what to expect and what to bring.
Get your creative juices flowing
It’s time to get festive! Whether your guests vocalize it or not, they appreciate effort. When it comes to the decorations, it doesn’t have to get complicated. If you’re in a pinch or running out of ideas, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration. Whether it’s red, white, or blue balloons or table settings, a little detail goes a long way.
Don’t dig into your savings though when you can use what you have around the house! Home-grown plants in decorative vases as centerpieces will save you a buck over store-bought party favors.
Save the planet while you’re at it!
The night’s over. After singing and dancing to one too many tunes, it’s time to call it quits. Hosting a party can entail a rather large clean up. The guests have probably all left by now, so you’re left with dealing with the aftermath. To ensure that your home doesn’t look like a tornado came through it, plan out the details.
You probably don’t want to be bringing out Grandma’s most fancy china this time around. Instead, opt for eco-friendly plates and utensils. For example, sugarcane plates are more sustainable than paper plates. Paper cups are recyclable over plastic cups. You’ll not only be saving a lot of time by sparing yourself a pile of dishes, but saving the planet while you’re at it, too.
Detoxing as a hangover remedy will be your holy grail. You’re welcome!
After a wild night out, it’s in your best interest to make sure that you’re not cruising into work the following day completely hungover.
Here are a few quick tips to make sure that you wake up feeling refreshed:
- Drink your H2O! This one seems obvious, but often times, we don’t do it enough. Water will help to purify your system of alcohol and will help you get back to your sober state.
- Make a green smoothie. Get your body back into its normal rhythm by mixing healthy greens into your morning-after routine. This one will keep you feeling light, refreshed, and hydrated.
- Have a multivitamin. Restore your body of its nutrients by taking a multivitamin before heading out for the day. If you don’t have one, you can drink grapefruit, tomato, or orange juice for a dose of Vitamin C.
- Make sure to get plenty of sleep! If you already know that your body can only take so many drinks, plan to keep things to a minimum. Limit your consumption to 1-2 drinks if need be. Call it a night at 9 p.m. to get a good night’s sleep. You’ll be less regretful the next day!
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your 4th of July party won’t be one to miss! What tips have helped you with party planning? Share below in the comments!