The key to a great Fourth of July party is in the planning. As important as the food that is served, a party requires invitations, decorations and coordination of everyone involved. Do you have a theme? Of course, the traditional red, white and blue should be included in your plans but you can build upon the theme make it a luau, disco party or a traditional BBQ. Whatever you decide we have listed a few tips to help you have a wonderful kosher Fourth of July.
Have You Sent Invitations?
Once you have decided on a theme you can send invitations. Depending on the formality of your summer party and your time, you can send a quick e-mail to your friends and family or get creative and make your own invitations to reflect the parties theme. Ask for an RSVP, no matter your invitation method, because knowing home many people are going to come is an important piece to a successful party and happy guests.
Do You Have Enough Seating?
If you don’t you might need to borrow or rent enough tables and chairs for your guests. Again, this is why an accurate headcount is so important when you are hosting a party. You want to have enough seating but you don’t want to pay for more than you need if you find it necessary to rent equipment for your party.
Do You Have Enough Plates and Service Pieces?
About the numbers, yet again, you will need to have enough paper goods to get through the party. For outdoor parties, you will need four plastic cups per person, two to three paper napkins (more if you are eating hand-held food), two sturdy picnic plates, and enough cutlery that broken forks can be easily replaced.
What About Drinks, Coolers and Other Party Items?
There are many creative ways to make drinks available to all of your party goers. If you have the budget, you can have a bar, but an effective method of cooling drinks and making them easily available includes the use of metal tubs, filled with ice and bottled water, soda and any other drinks you will serve. You can use one tub or several placed strategically around the party.
Don’t forget the trash cans. Make several available around your home and yard, so that your guests can find them easily, and be sure that you have enough to handle the number of guests that you have invited.
What Will You Serve?
You have many options when it comes to feeding your guests. You can make the party a potluck and have guests bring different items, while your grill master fires up the food. Or, you can have your party catered using your chosen theme, which will give you more time to spend with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Get creative and make it a combination of both and the professional staff of PaNosh Kosher Catering can help you with this decision.