The Top 5 Party Hosting Tips For Independence Day in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES LIFESTYLE | CULTURE
- By Jane Sussman
You have the grill and the guest list, but now what? Hosting a party can be stressful, so to make your life easier this Independence Day, we’ve compiled a checklist of things to do that will simplify your role as host:
√ Your One Stop Shop for Decorations
The Vine American Party Store – this place has any decoration imaginable for all of your party needs. Fourth themed hats, plates, balloons, and more. Nothing livens up a backyard like some streamers or lanterns. Get your themed plates, cups and napkins here, too, as well as ice buckets and serving bowls. America runs on competition: pick up some games here like the Pirate Ship Ring Toss and your guests will be thoroughly entertained. Losers have to drink for the length of the Pledge of Allegiance.
√ Prep Before Party Means You Can Party Too
Aside from the grilling, all your food can be prepared beforehand. Pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw, crudite, chips and dip, guacamole – all of these are easy to make beforehand and will save you the hassle of running back and forth to the kitchen. Lay everything you’ll need for the grill out next to it – hots and hams, chicken breasts, Jack Daniels BBQ sauce (our favorite!), olive oil, tongs, etc. – and maybe a kindly party go-er will even man the grill on your behalf.
√ Heat Wave
Ice, ice, baby. Pick up a few of those massive bags of ice from CVS or Ralphs and get more than you need – cuz you’ll need them! Ice for buckets of beer cans, ice for mixed drinks, ice for water. It’s a valuable commodity at a summertime party and the last thing you want is to be running around the party trying to find someone sober enough to drive to Ralph’s for more ice. Also, invest in an umbrella or two. Set one up over the food and one with some chairs underneath – your guests will thank you, and your food will be kept in the shade.
√ You Have the Right to Designate a Friend
You’re doing the heavy lifting, here, so feel free to delegate a little bit. Good things to pawn off on someone else? Music. Ask three people to each make a playlist and you’re set for the party. >√ Cutting Costs
Tecate at CVS – massive box for minimum expenditure. BevMo for booze. Making your own food will be less expensive than buying it prepared, but if you don’t have the time and still want to save, Ralph’s for prepared salads and sandwiches. We also love Hoagies and Wings because you can order massive amounts of party food on the cheap.
√ Consider the Cars
Write a text out with directions and parking info, then copy and paste it to everyone. If someone texts you during the party, a simple “paste” is all you need. Put a sign on your door with the number of your local cab company. Need permits? Pick them up on Tuesday. Meters are free on national holidays, and, unless posted otherwise, parking regulations are not to be enforced, either. God bless America!