The 4th of July is this weekend and like most holidays it might of snuck up on you faster than you realized. If you’re short on time we’ve got the perfect solution. Follow the steps below and you will be off to a great start in planning your own awesome 4th of July BBQ.
BBQ theme: Thankfully this is made easy because the specific holiday is synonymous with red, white and blue and of course the American flag. Most mainstream grocery stores will carry seasonal party supplies, tablecloths, serving dishes and even lights and outside decorations. You should be able to walk into your local HEB and find what you need.
Food: The meat, sides and snacks are a pretty big deal at any 4th of July event but if you are stressed for time then pre-packaged hamburger patties and hot dogs are a quick and easy fix for grilling. If you have more time to work with then marinating steak and/or chicken the night before is always a good idea. For sides you can try the simple but always classic mac n’ cheese, potato salad and of course everyone’s favorite, corn on the cob! Snacks should definitely be kid friendly, watermelon, chex mix and fresh fruit kebabs are popular and delicious choices.
Drinks: Get out the coolers cause it’s gonna be a hot day and people are going to need to stay hydrated. Besides having plenty of bottled water on hand and of course your guests favorite beer there are a few specialty drinks that can help keep people refreshed. Our top picks are blueberry lime and strawberry lemonade spritzers and the red white and blue martini. Yum!

Ambiance: Music is a huge part of any party and the 4th of July is no acceptance. Here in Texas you will find plenty of people who enjoy country music and of course there is always the 4th of July radio station on Pandora which boasts patriotic songs from many different genres.

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