Top Tips For Being The Perfect Host For An Independence Day Bash
It’s one thing go to to a Fourth of July party and quite another thing to host one.
As a man on the move, I’ve done a lot of the former but also quite a few of the latter. So I’m here to tell you what to do, how to prepare for and how to host a 4th of July party, down to dealing with party crashers and moochers.
1.) Preparing To Host A Party On The Fourth Of July
There are certain essentials you must have and nothing is more important than ice. Because at a party, you must have ice. If anyone calls and says, “do you need anything,” then always say, “yes, please bring some ice.”
Booze is another essential but it’s up to you what to supply and what you ask guests to bring, on this important matter. ll just say to have on hand what you like to drink and then have some cheap crappy beers and cheap vodka for the mainstream crowd. Keep your good stuff stashed away, but within reach if you want it or to share it with your guests.
2.) Food For A 4th Of July Party
It’s always good to have some food, if nothing else to keep the party going when people get buzzed and need some munchies. I’ll always put out chips and dip, but also make something easy for early arrivals, such as jambalaya and/or the PubClub Potato Salad (made with no mayo). You can also encourage some guests to bring food; everyone has a couple of friends who always bring their “speciality dish” to parties.
3.) Music At A 4th Of July Party
You must have a playlist. Stick to it. And never, ever let someone with ADD take over the music. They will play one song, then stop it halfway through that song, play another song and then stop it halfway through that song, and so forth. Turn on the music and leave it alone.
4.) Dealing With Party Crashers At A 4th Of July Party
Every good party has party crashers. On big ones, I eliminate most of this by positioning one of my large, intimidating-looking friends at the entrance – and keeping him well supplied with beer – to screen people. Otherwise, I’m on constant vigil to be on the lookout for crashers. They are fairly easy to spot; they will look around kind of lost at first, trying to get their bearings. Then they will go straight to the food and, if there is one, then to the keg. They will often offer to pour people’s beers from the keg in an attempt to appear to be friendly.
Then they will inject themselves into conversations in an attempt to quickly blend in before the hosts notice them.
But I’m watching the entire time.
I’m also always on alert for party mooches. These are people you may or may not know, and are ones who never bring anything to any party, but go try and raid the booze. Often they will discard the cheap beers and grab the good ones, and grab the best liquor.
The best way to deal with a mooch is to offer then nothing to eat or drink. They are at your party solely to get free beer and booze and you have to treat them like a feeding shark – cut off their food (and drink) source, and they will leave.
Also instruct others at the party to give them nothing; eventually they will leave and pray on another party.
So, whether you are giving or attending a party on Independence Day, have a great Fourth Of July!