Throw the Perfect Independence Day Block Party – Easy Entertaining Tips for the 4th of July
As our country’s birthday approaches, it is time to celebrate and see our neighbors and friends again. The kids are out of school, the nights are longer, and we have missed being with people!
Here are some easy tips that can really help make your Independence Day Block Party a success:
Find a party coordinator if that is not you. You will need someone to email or pass out invitations and to delegate the setup and the potluck dishes. Don’t forget to have a sign up for clean up so that one family doesn’t get stuck with all the work at the end.
This year, you may want to have each family bring their own food if you are not comfortable with a potluck meal.
When planning your block party, plan a parade for the young ones complete with decorated wagons, bicycles, and homemade instruments. You can also include old-fashioned games such as a watermelon seed spitting contest, flashlight tag, sack races, water balloon games or a scavenger hunt.
I remember these neighborhood parties from my own childhood. Throwing a block party doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated.
Of course, no summer party is complete without a watermelon. Try our refreshing and festive watermelon feta salad and watermelon lemonade punch.
This light, refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad comes together in just a few minutes. My husband had some reservations about combining Feta with watermelon but he will now tell you that the combination is simply delicious.
Ingredients: (serves 4)
8 Cups Cubed or Balled Watermelon
1/4 Cup Chopped Basil
1 Cup Feta Cheese
¼ TSP Salt
¼ TSP Pepper
Add the watermelon to a large bowl. Squeeze in the juice from the limes, add salt, pepper, basil, and toss. Top with Feta Cheese. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Here is a quick and easy tutorial to make a delicious and refreshing watermelon/lemonade punch:
10 Cups Cubed Watermelon
1 ¼ Cups Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 ¼ Cup Simple Syrup ( 1 Cup Sugar and 1 Cup Water)
10 Cups Filtered Water
Mint for Garnish
Blend 10 cups of watermelon and strain it. In a drink dispenser, add the watermelon juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, and water.
Corn on the cob is another must have at any summer get together. If you have never tried it on the grill you don’t know what you are missing! It will cook right along with whatever you are grilling. Add grated parmesan cheese while the corn is still warm and that is the taste of summer.
When we made this bacon wrapped shrimp, our mouths were watering! What is better than the smell of bacon? When you combine it with the jumbo shrimp, it is a combination that has no equal.
1.5 LBS Raw Jumbo Shrimp (about 14)
1 LB Bacon (about 7 Slices Thick Cut Bacon)
Peel and clean the shrimp, and then dry it well. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Cut the bacon strips in half and wrap one half bacon slice around the shrimp. If needed, use a toothpick to hold the bacon. Refrigerate until ready to grill. Remove toothpicks before grilling. Place on grill, flipping occasionally until the bacon is fully cooked and crispy.
Remove from grill and enjoy.