A checklist of everything you need to throw an epic 4th of July party.

Décor:

Don’t forget to set the party tone with red, white and blue accents. If your last minute like I am, think easy -- crepe paper and balloons go a long way. You don’t have to break the bank either. I recommend hitting the dollar section at Target. You can find tons of inexpensive patriotic goodies.

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photo credits: www.babble.com

Fun pool floats are also a great touch to create Instagram worthy photos of the party.

Games:

Having fun back yard games is a great way to entertain and create engagement between guests who may not know one another. My personal favs are: badminton, corn hole and adult Jenga.

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photo credits: www.brit.co

P.S. even adults love sparklers, fireworks and glow necklaces.

Music:

Every party needs some tunes. If you don’t have outdoor speakers, make sure to have a portable speaker like a JBL. Don’t forget the charging cord for an all-day jam-o-thon.

It could also be fun to pre-make a party playlist full of summertime bangers.

Food:

Everyone loves BBQ parties, but hosting one can become expensive. Don’t be afraid to ask everyone to bring a dish. Everyone has a favorite party dish and this is a fun way for guests to show off their specialties.

Drinks:

Bubbles and Bikinis are one of my favorite summer combos. Do a fun spin on a wine spritzer by using frozen strawberries, blueberries or blackberries instead of ice cubes.

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photo credits: lifeasmama.com

This is a great time to ask your guest to bring their favorite drink to share. This way you can cover all the bases and make sure your guests have an option they like.

Don’t forget the H2O. Have plenty of bottled water or put pitchers out to keep your guest hydrated.

Clothes and Bathing Suites:

Wear something fun. You can DEF embrace the red, white and blue without being totally cheesy. Here’s a few hot party looks to pull inspiration from:

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photo credits: Trop Rouge

 

Don’t forget a towel, sunnies, a hat and SPF. No one wants to wear a sunburn at the party.

All good day parties make their way into the night. Here are a couple tips and must haves for a smooth transition:

Candles – these create a nice ambiance and repel mosquitos.

Mosquito repellant – nothing ruins an outdoor party like these uninvited pesky guests.

Lights -- string lights, lanterns and tiki torches are a great touch.

Firewood – don’t forget to stock up on wood for the bonfire if you have one.

 

Party on Detroit-

xxo, Lately with Lo

 

 

 

 

 

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