Stay organized and prepared with the July 4th party planning timetable below! If you like, print out the list and check off each item as you finish it.
□ Set a budget
□ Rent tables and chairs, if needed
□ Arrange for any special help for the party
□ Make a list of your basic 4th of July party supplies
□ Decide on the party theme
□ Send invitations
□ Order Decorations
2-3 Weeks Before July 4
□ Plan the menu
□ Prepare what food you can ahead of time, and freeze it
□ Purchase cute 4th of July favors and tableware
□ Select music
□ Order flowers
□ Determine event schedule (games, mingling, food – always try to store extra activity ideas up your sleeve)
1 Week Before July 4
□ Finalize the headcount – but be ready to be flexible, as it will probably change a bit!
□ Purchase beverages
□ Check camera equipment and purchase batteries, film, etc.
2-3 Days Before the 4th of July
□ Confirm all arrangements
□ Purchase fresh food
□ Giver helpers specific tasks from your list
□ Account for and arrange catering supplies
□ Decide what you’ll wear!
1 Day Before the 4th of July
□ Decorate the party venue (except for balloons, and, if the venue is outdoors, anything else that’s fragile, such as crepe)
□ Complete food prep and pick up ordered food items
□ Set tables
□ Make room for coats, purses, etc.
□ Purchase ice
The Day Of The 4th of July Party
□ Put up any outdoor party markers such as banners and yard signs
□ Add your 4th of July party balloons
□ Set out bowls of candies, nuts, other nibbles
□ Give last-minute instructions to your helpers
□ Set up the bar
□ Prepare last-minute foods
□ Put out your camera so you don’t forget!
□ Prepare yourself – exercise, a bath, glass of wine – whatever gets you in the right frame of mind
□ Start the music
□ Light your candles
□ Relax and enjoy the party!