Plan your entertainment. The key to any great party is wonderful entertainment. Of course, your guests might entertain themselves – bring like-minded people together and they are bound to find plenty to chat about. But just to be on the safe side, why not plan some games?
Balloon Pass-It. All the guests have to do is pass a balloon down a row of players. Pick patriotic colours – red, white and blue – and tell your guests that they must use their hands and legs to pass the balloons down the line. The most fun way is alternate hands and legs. First person passes via knees to the next, then that person passes with hands and so on.
Fancy dress. Pick a theme – either historical figures associated with American independence or All-American characters and famous figures.
Likes and dislikes. You will need index cards and pens. Get everyone to write down their likes and dislikes and then gather the cards together. When you are all sitting down for your meal, each person reads out the likes and dislikes card they have drawn out of a hat and everyone tries to guess which member of family they relate to.
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Plan your food. How much food should you prepare per guest? For appetizers, plan about 3-4 per person if you are serving a main course. If is just snack food or appetizers, allow 15-20, maybe even more. For meat, allow about 6oz per person, chips ¾ to 1lb per 10 guests, veg/salad about 1 cup person and cake, one slice per guest.
Get ready to deal with spills. Wine will be spilled, plates will be dropped, food will get everywhere. Have some stain removal products on hand so that you can deal with accidents such as red wine spillage as soon as possible.
Prepare for mess. It’s a party – there will be mess. Your guests will remember fun before they remember mess, though, so relax and let it happen!
Have a great Independence Day!
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