I want to help you plan your get together. Here are some steps to make your event smooth and easy.
This if for a small gathering at your house.
Make lists: Menu list: Food to serve, or make it pot luck and you provide the main dish. Drinks: What you will have, what you want your guests to bring. Purchase list: Ice, napkins, plates, cups, silverware (plastic), trash bags, food, drinks, Citronella candles, and bug spray.
Invites: Social media, e-mails, phone calls, texts…all should be taken care of by this Wednesday at the latest. When you send out invites make sure you inform your guests that they will need to bring (fill in the blank)
Clean up before: Make sure the house is tidy. Especially the bathrooms. Leave extra toilet paper out for your guest (keeps them from snooping).
Empty all trash cans. Have a trash can set outside too. Makes for easy clean-up.
Clean off lawn furniture, mow the yard.
Try to have all of this done by Friday. It will make things easier for you on Saturday.
Prep time: I suggest on Friday you prep as much of the food as possible and set up the seating for outside.
Do a once over for the house, tidy up and make sure that the extra toilet paper and trash bags are were your guest can get to them.
Go Time: The day of your gathering will be busy before your guests arrive. Start putting things together a couple of hours before they arrive.
Start cooking. You can always reheat or keep things warm in the oven.
Make sure you have a table or two for the food. You may even need a power-strip for those guests that may bring a crock-pot. Make sure you put the plates, napkins and silverware out for everyone to grab and go.
Have a designated spot for drinks, coolers, ice and cups.
ENJOY: you have set up a wonderful gathering for friends and family. Now go and enjoy all the hard work and have fun visiting with the people you love. Don’t forget to be safe with your personal fireworks.
I hope these steps have helped you plan your 4th of July party. Don’t forget the real reason we have an Independence Day.