Tips for Throwing Your Best 4th of July Bash!
It’s official. School’s out, temperatures are rising and summer is in full swing! This means backyard barbecues, long summer days and plenty of time spent with family and friends enjoying it all. Kick off your summer season with these easy tips for a perfect 4th of July!
Add Some Sparkle!
Spice up your sparklers by creating personalized packs for your guests this 4th of July. Simply remove sparklers from their package, create a bunch and tie these party favors together with a red, white or blue ribbon. For some extra flair, create hole-punch paper tags with guests’ names. Though sparklers are a family favorite and create some great photo opportunities, there are some safety measures that should be kept in mind when handling.
Safety Tips for Sparkler Use:
- Children should not use sparklers without adult supervision
- Create a distance between others and yourself when lighting
- Keep sparklers away from face, body and clothing when lit
- Have water on hand to cool down sparklers after use, they can stay hot long after they’ve burned out!
Create a Patriotic Dessert
Show of your baking skills with this easy and eye-catching dessert. Simply fill premade miniature tart shells or phyllo cups with sweet mascarpone cream, then arrange on a tray and top with blueberries and halved strawberry slices to create stars and stripes. To create the filling, beat an 8-ounce container of mascarpone cheese and 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar with a mixer until smooth. Then gently fold in ½ cup freshly whipped cream. Not only does this serve as a great centerpiece to any table setting, guests will love having personalized desserts.
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Hold a Potluck Throwdown
Have a long guest list for your 4th of July bash? Take some of the pressure off of yourself while involving your guests in some friendly competition. Create categories for competition like: Best Appetizer, Most Satisfying Entree, Most Creative Finger Food, Sweetest Treat and more! Label each guest’s entry with their name and the name of their dish and snap a few photos of each dish. Next, using Text Event Pics, simply text your images to your unique event phone number and display for all of your guests to see. Not only will this make voting for the best dishes easy, it will give your guests a way to show off their creations!
Create a DIY Photo Booth
Don’t have a professional photo booth on hand? No problem! Follow these easy steps to create a setting for guests to take some memorable shots of the day.
- Find Your Best Location: When figuring out where to place your photo booth, it should be easy for guests to find, while also remaining out of the way of walkways or dance floors. Unused closets, dance floor corners and quiet parts of the lawn are all good options.
- Create a Backdrop: Using something as simple as red, white or blue paper is a great way to start creating your photo booth background. Accessories like ribbons, streamers, balloons and more can add some flair. Use easy-to-remove paper tape or temporary hooks or fasteners to hang your paper, and your background is done!
- Find the Light: When finding the perfect spot for your guests’ photographs, look for somewhere with lots of natural light.
- Add Props: Props can help create more memorable and fun-loving images for your guests, and they can also break the ice for those who are camera shy! Sparklers, sunglasses, hats and anything with stars and stripes will work to add to the 4th of July festivities.
- Create a Frame: Creating your own photo frame is easy and another fun prop for guests to use when taking photos. Simply cut a rectangle out of white foam core or painted cardboard and add the date in a fun font below for the perfect polaroid look! Not only does a frame create unique and fun images, it will also serve as a reminder for guests of when the photos were taken.
All of your guests’ images can be admired and shared using your unique event phone number through Text Event Pics.
Hold a Field Day
Satisfy your more athletic guests by holding a good old fashioned field day! Games like potato sack races, three-legged races and crab crawls can help guests outside and enjoying the weather, while creating bonds and memories that will last. Be sure to catch all of the action on your smartphone and to text your images to your unique event number so that your guests can get in on the field day fun! Not a photography expert? Up your game with your guide to creating amazing smartphone images here.
When all the fun is said and done, all your photos from the day of can be shared in a private album, sent directly via email to your family and friends, and can also be shared on social media or printed.