4th of July is upon us and it ushers in the season of outdoor late-night parties, BBQs with friends, and a desire to be in the sunshine. Fireworks are always a plus, if they are used following the proper directions and laws, but nothing beats throwing a good outdoor party and BBQ with some college friends. It’s a great way to wind down from school or a good escape from the daily grind of summer school – if you are as lucky as this writer is.
Although rain is just as likely as sun in my college town, my friends and I are planning a little 4thof July BBQ celebration just in case. To save some money on decorations, and put it toward the more important food and beverage necessities, we like to shop at Walmart, The Dollar Store, or Target.
Because of the recession, it’s cool to save a few bucks here or there for a party to spend some time with good company. If you have a dollar store nearby, it’s a great place to pick up table settings, patriotic plates, napkins, serving platters, etc. You can also possibly pick up brand name sauces there as well as chips and salsa for a great price! The Dollar Stores usually have BBQ accessories, mood lighting and glassware.
Fruit bowls are a good healthy addition to summer BBQ parties and add a little color to the table. I always look on FoodNetwork.com for good hamburger or grilling recipes and throw in marshmallows to the fruit salad for some sweetness!
To entertain guests it’s a good idea to have lots of outdoor games available to accompany the conversation and drinks. Horseshoes, footballs, and Frisbee are cheap and easy ways to get the whole BBQ group in the sunshine.
Music and tiki torches can really pull the theme together. Happy Grilling!