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Fourth of July Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Your Guide to a Spontaneous (Stress-Free!) Fourth of July Bash

While planning ahead is ideal, it's still possible to host a spontaneous but stress-free shindig — you just need a game plan! Barbecue menu aside, you'll want to think about easy and affordable ways to get your yard party-friendly. Check out our must-read checklist for pulling it all together.

  • Rethink extra seating possibilities: If you're short on folding chairs, scope out your indoor furniture for possibilities. Anything from garden stools to poufs and ottomans can be handy in a pinch.
  • Consider oilcloth for your tables: The last thing you want to worry about is a spill! Oilcloths are ideal for easy cleanup and Cost Plus World Market has a selection of cute options on sale right now.
  • Keep mosquitoes at bay: Stay away from sticky bug spray and try placing citronella tea lights in pretty lanterns to create a bug-free ambiance.
  • Add ample lighting: If you have trees, arbors, or other tall structures, use string lights to add an upscale bistro feel. If not, look for tiki torches or stake lanterns.
  • Ditch plastic and paper dinnerware: Use shatter-proof melamine options that are dishwasher safe, and you'll never look back. Bonus points if you use red, white, and blue melamine plates!
  • Create a gorgeous but easy centerpiece: Add blue hydrangeas to your grocery store shopping list (we bought these flowers for a steal at Trader Joe's!).
  • Incorporate trays: Not only are they a fantastic way to transfer and organize items, but they can also provide extra table surface when placed on top of poufs or garden stools.
  • Use drink tags: To avoid confusing beverages, provide a way for guests to mark their drinks. For a hassle-free but stylish way to identify drinks, set out a roll of cute washi tape and a permanent pen and let guests mark their own drinks.

Source: Domino

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