I'm having a 4th of July party and need ideas of what to serve, and how to decor

@sodapop (977)
United States
June 28, 2007 1:51am CST
I have never had a 4th of July party, and it seems more and more people keep inviting themselves. It just happens that you get to see a huge fireworks display right from my back yard. I don't know what to have to eat, how to decorate..ect...I am going to have all ages from teenagers on up...encluding a cheerleading squad and dates, to parents. Please help....
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• United States
29 Jun 07
Obviously you should decorate with red white and blue. Party City or the Dollar is a good place for decorations. I think I would try to find some of those plastic lights in red, white and blue. www.Orientaltradingpost.com has some really nice things but you will have to order fast. I would ask everyone, especially those who invited themselves, to bring a dish to pass and if you are short on money, I might even ask them to pay 5.oo or so to help cover the cost of the meat and drinks. That might discourage them from inviting themselves again next year too.
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@sodapop (977)
• United States
29 Jun 07
There is a good idea! I always ask them to bring a bag of chips, or snacks, or even a 12 pack of soda...some do, some over do it, and some don't bring anything at all. It sounds like you are speaking from experience about how to discourage them next time. Thanks for your ideas.
• United States
29 Jun 07
You are welcome. Actually I have never had this happen, I don't ever have parties. But I put myself in your shoes and thought about what I might do and decided I would charge them or, have no food at all, or maybe I would go in the house and eat locking the door behind me. I have no problem being rude to rude people, it's just wrong and rude to invite yourself to someones party. I'll bet they leave a huge mess and never stay behind to help clean up either do they?
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• United States
28 Jun 07
anything in the colors of red, white and blue of course, be it store bought stripped banners or just some rolls of crepe paper streamed all around. perhaps even some red,white,blue balloons. as for what food to serve. i would just go with the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers. especially since it sounds like you are going to have a lot of ppl..its much cheaper to feed a LOT of ppl with those two than to try and buy steaks or even chicken for that many ppl. if you dont have membership to Sams Club or Costco...look for a Smart and Final in your area. they are restaurant food/supply stores that DO NOT need a membership to buy from. and they will carry those big packages of hotdogs, buns, burger..even 5 gallon tubs of potato salad etc. and you can buy plastic utensils..even soda there. they will pretty much have everything you might need. hope you find what you're looking for!
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@sodapop (977)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Thanks for your great ideas. Your right about the hamburger and hot dogs. Their cheap! Plus it doesn't take much to throw more on the grill if more people show up or get hungry. I didn't think about buying the food in bulk, but I think that is the way to go! Thanks for your help!
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Make sure you have lots of soda and water on hand, and maybe even some iced tea. We always do the hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, and we also have on hand potato salad, chips and dips, garlic bread, and lots of other little snack type items. For the decor, I pretty much use anything that has the red/white/blue theme such as ribbons, streamers, flags, napkins, plates, etc...ANYTHING. The dollar store is an awesome place to find the perfect decorations for it. So what time should I be there? LOL
@sodapop (977)
• United States
4 Jul 07
Anytime after 2:00...you come before that, and I will put you to work in the kitchen!