June has flown by, and the Fourth of July is almost here! There's no better day to get together with family and friends to celebrate all that makes us American, so you'd better get to party planning! At Trailer Booth Photography, your Austin photo booth rental, we love a patriotic party. Here are some of our favorite easy suggestions.
American eats – Americans love to eat, so bring out all the traditional American dishes! Hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, and pulled pork are standard Independence Day fare, as are corn on the cob and apple pie! For a healthy treat, make a patriotic fruit salad of strawberries, raspberries, sliced bananas, and blueberries. Iced tea and lemonade are always great party beverages, or you can stick with the day's color theme and serve red and blue punch.
Easy decorations – Jazz up your party space with patriotic colors done in simple ways. Cut red, white, and blue strips of paper and loop them around each other to make paper chains – you can do your chains in single colors, or you can mix them up. Use a large, star-shaped paper punch to make tag board stars, then tape them along a strand of ribbon or twine to make a simple star garland. To give your tables a little pizzazz, stamp red, white, and blue stars onto burlap table runners or tie-dye cheap white bed sheets with red and blue dye to serve as table cloths.
Kids' games – Keep the young ones active with a Fourth of July flag hunt – purchase small American flags and hide them all over your party space (think of an Easter egg hunt!), then see how many each child can find. And give each kid their own personal patriotic piñata – use a funnel to fill large red, white, and blue balloons with small treats, such as stickers, Mardi Gras-style necklaces, candy, and glow sticks. Give one balloon to each kid, then let them get popping!
Activities for adults – Keep your older guests entertained with a trivia quiz about Independence Day and American history – it's important to know what and why you're celebrating, after all! You can also make up a patriotic “complete the lyric” quiz using songs ranging from standards like “America the Beautiful” to pop hits like “God Bless the U.S.A.” to songs from the Broadway smash Hamilton. Prizes can be anything from a flag-themed beach towel to a six-pack of craft beer to first dibs on dessert!
Photo booth props – Saving the best for last, don't forget to book your Austin-area party photo booth for your big bash! We've got tons of patriotic props, including big Uncle Sam hats and over-sized, star-shaped sunglasses. Handheld American flags would make a great addition, and don't forget to ask ahead of time about how we can create a custom backdrop for your patriotic party!
When it's time to celebrate the U.S.A., it's time for a serious party. Make your patriotic Independence Day shindig one to remember for the whole year to come!