The annual day of patriotism, cook-outs, fireworks and outdoor parties is coming up soon. As an American-made brand since 1940, all of us here at Jiffy Steamer look forward to this summer celebration of our great country. If you're hosting this year's Independence Day party, you're probably wondering how best to make sure your friends and family have a blast. Don't worry - it's easy! We'll walk you through the Jiffy Steamer tips for hosting the perfect celebration on the 4th.
Fireworks never fail.
The 4th of July would be incomplete without fireworks crackling in the sky. These bursts of light instantly make any party bigger and more memorable. They'll set the perfect mood and ensure that your guests have dazzling memories of your party! Just check to make sure your state allows fireworks, and then check your neighborhood's rules before you shoot some off. If you can't fire any into the sky, you can always swap them out for sparklers and other, smaller sidewalk options, which can be just as fun and memorable.
A pool party is always a hit.
If you have a pool, you'll want to tell everyone to bring their swimsuits! With the scorching heat of July, your guests would love to take a refreshing dip in the water. A pool party is fun for kids and adults. And if you don't happen to have a pool on your property (like many of us), then heading to the local pool or lake with your guests makes for a fun twist to the day's activities. Alternatively, a bucket of water balloons and some water guns can help the young and young at heart to beat the heat in the backyard, too!
Yard games are endless fun.
Guests may get a bit tired of eating, drinking and standing in the heat. To keep them entertained, play some yard games! A ring toss, lawn darts, horseshoes or bean bag toss game are always simple go-to party games that anyone can participate in and everyone enjoys. Frisbee games such as Kan Jam also provide a fun challenge for guests. Forming teams and getting competitive will help guests relax and mingle.
Red, white, and blue are cool.
It might seem a little unoriginal to make everything at your party the same colors as our country's flag, but guests dig it! Who can't get behind a little kitschy fun to celebrate the great USA? Cups, plates, napkins, tablecloths... anything to make your atmosphere seem festive and patriotic. Little American flags are a nice touch too. Show off your spirit! The food and drinks can also have the same color theme. Popsicles, cookies, fruit platters, cocktails and more can always sport the red, white and blue. If you really want to show that you're the host with the most, you can try your hand at a Fourth of July-themed fondant cake. It will look like you spent a ton of time and effort, but baking with Jiffy Steamer is a breeze!
You heard your mom say it 100 times - "It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!" Having plenty of sunscreen, bandages for minor scrapes and insect repellent is an easy way to prevent minor injuries from ruining your guests' day. If you'll be serving alcohol, look out for your guests and make sure that everyone has a designated driver, too.
Prep the house ahead of time.
The last thing anyone wants to do on a holiday is clean, especially when there's a party to prepare for! Your guests are coming to have a good time, not take a white glove to your countertops, but naturally, you want your home to look its best. Quickly knock out hard surface cleaning, tablecloth care, and refresh furniture upholstery with your Jiffy Steamer! You can get the house sparkling in an hour or less the day before your party, letting you spend more time enjoying the celebrations.
Dress casual, but stylish.
One of the most important aspects of being a host is looking your best! You want your guests to feel like you put effort into not only the look of the party but your own look as well. There's no need to go overboard, especially when the heat is probably preventing you from wearing anything too fancy. So dress simply, but keep it neat and stylish. With a Jiffy personal clothing steamer, you can release all the wrinkles and creases from your outfits, so they'll look fresh and eye-catching no matter how casual. Light cotton and linens are perfect fabrics for the Fourth, as they allow you to stay cool but still look put together.
These are just a few ideas for keeping your party on the Fourth fun and lively. We wish you and your guests a fantastic time!