It’s easy to find 100s of recipes for your 4th of July BBQ, but not so easy to locate other tips for a killer event. Here are our top five tips for your 4th of July.

Tip #1: You Don’t Have to do it All Yourself

Ask your friends to BYOB is just one budget-friendly tip from USA Today. You can also delegate pre-party chores to your spouse, your kids, your neighbors, etc. Don’t feel like it’s all on your shoulders.

Tip #2: Put Out Your Red, White & Blue

Make clean up after the party a breeze by decorating your trash cans with red, white, and blue bunting or paint. It will make them stand out, and guests will be more likely to deposit their trash in the can, rather than all over your yard.

Tip #3: Ice, Ice, Baby

Let’s face it, it’s going to be HOT. Help your guests cool off with fun ice cubes. Put diced fruit or herbs into your ice trays and fill. Accumulate several flavors of ice before breaking out the drinks. These ice cubes are kid-friendly and also give adult beverages a twist your guests might not expect.

Tip #4: Do Fireworks Safely

Check your local laws and regulations before planning fireworks. You might just be limited to sparklers, but that’s OK. Don’t bite off more than you can chew with a bunch of large rockets or a commercial level display unless that is something that you are comfortable with 

Place buckets of sand around your yard, not only are these good for any smokers at the event, but they’re also handy if a firework goes awry. You can dunk the business end down into the sand to extinguish the flame. Keep your hose handy too, hooked up and ready to go.

We also recommend soaking your roof and any structures with water before setting off fireworks. Even if you’re not the ones shooting off bottle rockets, your neighbors might. It’s always a good idea to have a wet roof on the 4th of July to reduce the risk of fire.

Tip #5: Have it Catered

Yes, we realize that we’re a BBQ catering in NJ and you’d expect us to say this. We don’t know where you live, though, so this tip applies whether you’re in our service area or not. The fact of the matter is, if you’re busy doing all of the cooking, you can’t enjoy your party. By letting a caterer handle the cooking at your 4th of July BBQ, you’ll be able to interact with your guests, kick back, and relax. We suggest our slider bar for your event, but check out our catering menus, and we’re sure you’ll find something that you like.

We hope these tips have started your creative juices flowing. We do all types of corporate catering in NJ and offer personal chef services as well. Check out our new meal delivery when you can’t get out of the house.

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