Entertaining Essentials for Your July 4th Fête
The whole gang is coming and you want your July 4th soirée to reflect the spirit of Independence Day! 87% of Americans spend more per month on socializing during the summer compared to other times of the year, according to a recent Wakefield Research survey for Capital One. But there’s no need for you to break the bank. We’ve found 10 patriotic must-haves that are as affordable as they are festive.
Greet your guests in patriotic style in the Tipsy Elves Men’s American Flag Polo Shirt ($19.95). This machine washable polo is emblazoned with starts and stripes. It looks great on both men and women and is available in sizes small through XXL.
Bugs can be a problem when we’re celebrating outside in the summer. Rather than dousing everyone with smelly bug spray, offer your guests BugBand DEET-Free Insect Repellent Wristbands ($6.97 at Amazon). They are available in red, blue and glow in the dark! The bands are waterproof and are infused with Geraniol, a geranium derivative that naturally repels bugs for up to 120 hours. For extra protection, BugBand also has a Portable Diffuser (19.95), which can be conveniently moved to wherever you need it.
We’ve been hearing a lot about how harmful single use plastic straws are for the planet. Thankfully, you can be environmentally friendly and patriotic with fun paper straws from Kikkerland, which are available in Blue or Red ($8 for 144).
Kikkerland also has red and white nesting Cross Salt + Pepper Shakers ($10). They nest together and function as a sculptural centerpiece.
You’ll have all the plates, napkins and forks you’ll need with the Patriotic Red White and Blue Stars Party Supply Bundle ($37.79 at Amazon). This set serves forty or more guests and contains white dinner plates with red and blue stars, blue dessert plates, blue and red napkins and white forks.
The Thermoserv 14oz Heavy Sham Straight Tumblers ($19.99 for four at Amazon), come in red or blue and are so beautiful and sturdy that you’ll consider ditching your glasswear. They are made with material called Tritan, which is BPA & BPS Free and crack-resistant. Perfect for the holiday as well as for outdoor use any time!
Get into the spirit while you’re cooking with T-fal Color Luxe Cookware ($64.99 at Amazon). This 12-piece set of non-stick pots and pans is available in Ruby or Sapphire. Not only are the pots and pans colorful, but they are oven safe to 350°F with a limited lifetime warranty. They also have T-Fal’s Thermo-Spot heat indicator for accurate preheating.
No cooler? No problem. Heineken has introduced the18-pack Heineken CoolerPack, which is available in both Lager and Light. Simply open the top of the leak-proof case and fill with ice to keep the grownups refreshed for hours.
Keep the kids entertained with water balloons. Bunch O’ Balloons, well known for their easy-to-fill packs of water balloons, has introduced a special edition Red, White & Blue Pack ($13.29 for 3 packs of 100 at Amazon) just in time. You’ll have them filled before you can shout, “water balloon fight!”