Take the Stress out of Hosting a Fourth of July Party

Sandy's Stress-Busting Tips

July 3, 2019
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Fourth of July bashes are some of the most fun events of the year, but they can also be stressful if you're the host. Picnics, barbeques and get-togethers of all sizes can have their challenges. The more you can plan ahead, the better off you are.  However, whether you've been in the planning phase for months or just now decided to invite some folks over, there are things you can do to make things less stressful. 

First and foremost, make sure to delegate the duties. Many party hosts encourage guests to bring a dish to pass and that is not only helpful, but always makes for a fun menu. But, go beyond the food and ask for some help with hosting duties. If you've got kids, get them involved if age appropriate. Get some help serving, organizing activies and cleaning up. Cleaning as you go can go a long way after the party is over and the guests have gone home. Trying to handle all or most of the work yourself is a recipe for stress...and your guests will feel it too. 

Make sure you have activities planned - rain or shine. Outside games, red, white & blue water balloons, slip & slides are always fun. But, plan om some games that could work inside too in case mother nature is not kind. Try American history trivia or charades - just pick any game that fits the theme of the day. Check out more great ideas HERE

Keep it simple if you can! Those complex desserts on Pinterest may look amazing, but make sure it's something you can pull off. Even simply cutting watermelon into stars and serving with blueberries, or red white and blue sprinkles on cupcakes can be be a huge hit. Use the same rule with decor. Buying pre-made themed products like plates and tablecloths is great, but you can even just use red white & blue items you already have around the house to add a festive touch. How about those red placemats from Christmas, some blue napkins or white candles? 

Spark some ideas! Google searches, Instagram, Pinterest Boards are fun and can get your creative juicdes going. Just make sure what you choose to do is reasonable for the time (and talent) you have! Check out some great party boards HERE

----4TH OF JULY ---- KIDS BOARD INSPO for your festivities! Lots of red, white & blue goodies to celebrate! ❤️⚪️--Check out Stories for tips on how to recreate this look, but be warned that it might cause a mild obsession with cookie cutters⭐️⭐️⭐️! SWIPE for labels! And note that while I call this a “kid’s board,” adults are just as inclined to enjoy these Independence Day-themed bites! #AintTooProudToCheese.

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Fourth of July is right around the corner! This light and airy home made angel food cake is easy, delicious, fresh and perfect for summer! . . . Ingredients: . 1 3/4 cups Sugar . 1 1/4 cups Cake Flour . 1/4 tsp. Salt . 10 large egg whites (absolutely no yolk) . 1 tsp. Cream of Tartar . 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract . 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract . 2, 8 oz. containers of cool whip, or home made whipped cream with a touch of vanilla. . Raspberries, Strawberries, and Blueberries. . Instructions: . 1.pre heat oven to 350 and let egg whites come to room temp. 2. In separate mixing bowl mix flour, sugar and salt. 3. Whip egg whites to soft peaks and add almond extract, vanilla extract, and cream of tartar. 4. Continue whipping till they are at firm peaks. (You should be able to hold the bowl upside down and they will remain in place) 5. Fold egg whites into dry ingredients. Just fold until fully combined. Do not over fold or let them sit. This will cause the egg whites to deflate. 6. Pour batter into a greased bunt pan. Preferably one with no creases. 7.bake for 40 min. 8. When cake has cooled flip it upside down and let the cake naturally fall from the pan over time. 9. Decorate with cream and fresh berries!

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Finally....

Avoid perfectionism – Don’t feel like your house has to look perfect and everything has to go perfectly. Enjoy some spontaneity and your guests! 

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