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Want to Be the July 4th Host With The Most? Avoid These 5 Party Fails

Not to rush summer or anything before it officially starts, but July 4th is right around the corner. 

That means it’s time to fire up the grill, break out the sparklers (and illegal fireworks purchased across state lines), and enjoy some good old-fashioned American fun. If you are hosting an Independence Day party, remember the first rule that I just invented: Don’t screw it up. 

Today, we discuss five common July 4th party faux pas to avoid so that your celebration is as smooth as a perfectly cooked bratwurst.   

1. Neglecting the Grill

The grill is the beating heart of any good July 4th party. 

But nothing ruins a BBQ faster than a neglected grill. Make sure to clean it thoroughly before the big day. Scrape off any leftover residue, check the propane levels, or stock up on charcoal. And don’t forget to preheat it! Cooking on a cold grill can lead to uneven cooking and disappointed guests. 

Trust me, no one wants a burger that’s burnt on the outside and raw on the inside…unless you’re a caveman. 

2. Running Out of Essentials

Picture this: your guests are happily munching away when suddenly, you realize you’ve run out of napkins, or worse, beverages. 

Oh, the humanity! 

Avoid the mid-party scramble by stocking up on essentials beforehand. Make a checklist—plates, cups, napkins, utensils, condiments, ice, and plenty of drinks. It’s always better to have too much than to run out in the middle of the festivities. 

And don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray; your guests will thank you.

3. Forgetting Dietary Preferences

Dietary restrictions and preferences are more common than ever. 

Make sure to check with your guests ahead of time about any special dietary needs. Offering a variety of options—vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free—can make everyone feel included and you the hero of the day.

Have some veggie burgers, gluten-free buns, and a variety of sides that cater to different diets. You can never make everyone happy, but you’ll still earn an Independence Day E for effort. 

4. Skimping on Entertainment

Sure, food and fireworks are the main attractions, but don’t forget about the in-between moments. Hey, you offered to be the host. 

Keep your guests entertained with games, music, and activities. Cornhole, frisbee, or even a simple deck of cards can keep the flow going. Create a 4th of July playlist to set the mood, and maybe even set up a photo booth with patriotic props. 

5. Not Respecting Your Neighbors 

You might be killing it with your party, but if you’re killing it while not being considerate to your neighbors then that’s a party foul. 

Keep noise levels at a reasonable volume, especially as the night progresses. Ending the party at a decent hour shows consideration and maintains good relationships with those living around you. No one wants to deal with complaints or tired, grumpy neighbors the next day. 

You don’t want to be known as those party people. 

Happy 4th of July!

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If you’re going to a guest and not the host of a 4th of July party, we’ve got the perfect thank you gift: our Elegant Wine Gift Basket. True to its name, this gift is built in a hyacinth basket and includes: Cabernet Sauvignon; J&M Wine biscuits (will be replaced with cookies for white wines); Water crackers; Wine cheese; Ice wine chocolate (sausage for packages shipped in warm weather); Bamboo cutting board spreader; Charles Viancin silicone bottle stopper; and Cocktail napkins.

A memorable party deserves a memorable gift. 

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Basketworks is a woman owned gift basket company, located in the north suburbs of Chicago (specifically Northbrook, IL) since 1997. We are proud to offer a variety of gifts and gift baskets appropriate for all occasions. Each of our packages is built to order, allowing for customization at no additional cost to our clients. We can customize your gift with imprinted ribbon or even include items with your corporate logo and colors.

Our staff attends half a dozen or more gift and gourmet shows each year to search out new products and to taste and select every item we use in our gift baskets and gift packages. We proudly offer gluten free, kosher, heart healthy, and other special diet foods, all tasted for quality by our own staff.

We've won multiple national industry awards including 1st place for Executive Design. We were named to Gift Basket Review's Top 50 Gift Basket Companies. We won a 2nd place grant in the First Annual Idea Cafe "Mom Grant." We've been featured in the Chicago Tribune, on WBBM Radio, in "The Gift Basket Design Book", Rave Reviews Magazine & GBA Digest.

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