The 4th of July is a day of patriotism, revelry, and family. It gives friends and families an opportunity to gather for a day of relaxation, celebration, and of course, food! There’s nothing quite as quintessentially “summer” as a 4thof July cookout. With that in mind, we decided to look at a few ways to best set up this tastiest of traditions.
The Traveling Picnic
A classic setup. With burgers and brats on the grill, folks can come and go as they please with paper or plastic plates to limit the damage.
For prep work, this is the least intensive option. The more expansive your outdoor space, the better, but even small touches can help promote positive social interactions.
Consider ways to accentuate your yard with spaces for folks to set down their food. The opportunity to stand and chat with a hand free (or a hand with a drink) puts everyone at ease.
The Extended Table
Indoors or outdoors, if your family loves to cook together, then everyone will want to take a seat and eat together.
The hassle of cobbling together a make-shift space for your brood is a stress not worth your time. If you’re short on storage space (or don’t think it’ll get use otherwise), foldup tables are easily available for rental from most party stores.
It’s the 4thof July, so go all-out with decorations! There’s no need to be bashful – a stylishly loud tablecloth can be a talking point all evening!
The Couple’s Night
Not everyone has the opportunity to get together with their family for the 4th, but the evening can be special nonetheless.
If you and your significant other are accustomed to a big bash, the best pathway to enjoying your alternative 4this aiming for a completely new experience.
A few well-placed candles, particularly with red-white-and-blue holders, can set the mood pleasantly, and make a well-cooked meal for two on the deck a new tradition.