The Fourth of July is a perfect occasion to pull out all the stops — and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot. Ohio Valley Goodwill is here to help you throw a budget-friendly bash you’ll be talking about for years!
Get ready for a festive party with these quick 4th of July tips:
As the host or hostess, what you wear should reflect the theme. Shop at Goodwill’s retail stores for patriotic pieces that fit the style of your get-together. Remember, you don’t have to throw on a t-shirt with the American flag on it, although you can if you want! Pairing a solid or patterned red and white top with blue denim fits the theme while giving you a little more creative freedom.
While you shop at Goodwill, think about what accents you might already have at home, whether it’s a bandana, shoes, or jewelry. Using what you already have is another way to keep things simple and affordable — although Goodwill also has accessories galore to help you pull your outfit together!
The table setting is the focal point of a 4th of July cookout, so you’ll want to spend some time planning this part. Think red, white, and blue checkered table cloths, thrifted glassware, and fresh flowers such as daisies or red carnations. And don’t forget an ice bucket to keep drinks cold!
Online DIY-ers have simple instructions for Mason jar lanterns, which not only look great during the day but also add a nice glow to your table once the sun goes down. Another creative idea is to paint some of the jars blue with transparent stars and others with red and white stripes. When you add a votive candle at the bottom of the jar, the light filters out through the sections without paint. These lanterns would add a special touch to your table, and the supplies can be found at Goodwill!
Some guests prefer to sit and talk, but others might be looking for something to do in between the food and drink. Think about outdoor games that are easy to play while relaxing and catching up with friends. Check your Goodwill store for options. You might find simple things like water toys, Frisbees, and oversized balls for kids for less than traditional store prices!
You could also make your own games if you’re feeling up to a little challenge. Cornhole boards are fairly simple to make with a little lumber and some paint. To keep with your theme, you could even paint the stars and stripes on the boards!
Celebrating Independence Day is a summer staple, and with a little planning, you can easily put together a patriotic party without the overwhelming price tag. Now that you’re inspired, head to your nearest Goodwill thrift store and remember that your purchases will help people in your community empower themselves through meaningful employment. That’s a very good thing!