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4th of July Entertaining: Tips and Tricks for an Unforgettable Celebration

Planning a memorable 4th of July celebration requires the perfect blend of food, fun, and festive décor. Whether you're hosting a backyard BBQ or a casual indoor gathering, these tips and tricks will help make your event a BLAST! Let Southern Baked Pie Company guide you on hosting the ultimate Independence Day party.

1. Setting the Scene

Patriotic Decorations

  • Red, White, and Blue Everything: Embrace the holiday's colors by incorporating red, white, and blue into your table settings, banners, and balloons. Consider using American flags, patriotic centerpieces, and themed tablecloths.
  • Outdoor Ambiance: String lights, lanterns, and candles can create a magical evening atmosphere. Hang lights around your patio or garden to keep the party going after dark.
Check out our guide for the perfect Patriotic Place Setting!

DIY Decor Projects

  • Festive Wreaths: Create a DIY patriotic wreath using ribbons, stars, and stripes to welcome guests at your door.
  • Mason Jar Lanterns: Paint mason jars in festive colors and place LED candles inside for a charming and safe lighting option.

2. Delicious Food and Drinks

Classic BBQ Favorites

  • Grilled Meats: Nothing is more American than firing up the grill! This 4th of July, gather your friends & family to make some burgers and hot dogs the American way. Offer a variety of condiments and toppings so guests can customize their meals.
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    Patriotic Desserts

    • Southern Baked Pies: Elevate your holiday spread with our All-American lineup of Southern Baked Pies. Our traditional Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, the Southern favorite Peach Pie, and the limited edition Mixed Berry Pie are perfect for celebrating Independence Day. Each pie is made with the finest local ingredients and baked to perfection, ensuring a delicious end to your guest's meal. View our full American Pie Lineup here
    • Red, White, and Blue Treats: Make desserts that match the holiday theme. Consider our patriotic favorites like the All-American Pie Shooters or the kid-approved Strawberry Star Pie Pops
    • Frozen Treats: Keep guests cool with popsicles, festive-colored slushies, and Amanda's No Churn Ice Cream - the perfect addition to an already delicious Southern Baked Pie. View the Ice Cream recipe here!
    American Pie Shooters & Strawberry Star Pie Pops

      Refreshing Beverages

      • Signature Cocktails: Create a special 4th of July cocktail like a blue margarita or a red sangria. Don't forget non-alcoholic options like lemonade and iced tea for younger guests and those who prefer a sober celebration.
      • Drink Stations: Set up a self-serve drink station with dispensers filled with various beverages, allowing guests to refill as they please.

      3. Fun and Games

      Outdoor Activities

      • Lawn Games: Cornhole, horseshoes, and giant Jenga are crowd-pleasers that keep guests entertained. Set up game stations around your yard.
      • Water Fun: If it's hot, consider a water balloon toss, sprinkler, or even a kiddie pool for cooling off.

      Kid-Friendly Fun

      • Craft Stations: Set up a table with craft supplies for kids to create their own patriotic hats, masks, or flags.
      • Scavenger Hunts: Organize a themed scavenger hunt with prizes for the kids to find patriotic items around the yard.
      Kids enjoying pies

      4. Safety First

      Firework Safety

      • Designated Area: If you're planning to set off fireworks, ensure you have a safe, open area away from homes and trees. Always have a bucket of water or hose nearby.
      • Supervision: Never let children handle fireworks. Sparklers are fun but can be dangerous, so supervise closely.

      Food Safety

      • Proper Storage: Keep perishable foods in coolers or refrigerators until ready to serve. Avoid leaving food out in the sun for extended periods.
      • Grill Safety: Keep the grill away from high-traffic areas and never leave it unattended while in use.

        5. Timeline for a Smooth Celebration

        One Week Before

        • Order your Pies: Must order your All-American Pies by Wednesday, June 27th, at 2pm EST! Place your shipping order now - shop all pies!
        • Plan the Menu: Decide on your main dishes, sides, desserts, and beverages. Make a grocery list. 
        • Decorations and Supplies: Gather all decorations, table settings, and outdoor games.
        • Invitations: Confirm the guest list and send out reminders.

        Three Days Before

        • Grocery Shopping: Purchase all non-perishable items and any other supplies needed for the party.
        • Prepare Decorations: Start working on DIY projects and organize your décor.

        One Day Before

        • Prep Food: Marinate meats, prepare side dishes that can be made ahead, and bake desserts.
        • Tidy Up: Ensure your yard and home are clean and ready for guests.
        • Set Up: Arrange tables, chairs, and décor. Set up drink stations and game areas.

        The Day Of

        • Finish Cooking: Prepare any last-minute dishes and fire up the grill.
        • Decorate: Add final touches to your decorations.
        • Enjoy: Welcome guests, relax, and enjoy the celebration.

        By following these tips and tricks, and adding a delicious Southern Baked Pie to your festive spread, your 4th of July celebration is sure to be a hit! Enjoy the festivities and make the most of this special holiday with friends and family.

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