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Tips For Hosting A Kid-Friendly 4th Of July Barbecue

It may feel like you've just put away Christmas ornaments, but the 4th of July is just around the corner. If you're planning on throwing a BBQ for family and friends, here are some tips to keep guests and their kids entertained.

Feast On These Easy Food Ideas

If your younger guests are notoriously picky eaters, make sure you have some staple foods on hand. Put out some bread and jelly for sandwiches, add plain pasta or macaroni and cheese to the buffet line, and assemble an appetizer tray of veggies to look like a star, stripes or the American flag. Kids will love fruity desserts like these red, white and blue berry kabobs that combine berries with bananas or marshmallows to recreate the flag.

Dish Out Good Times With Disposable Dinnerware

Outdoor parties and picnics don't need extravagant decor, but you could add a little unexpected fun to your dinnerware and accents. Buy fun paper straws in red, white and blue or summer colors. Kids will love these little details. Don't forget to use picnic table covers or disposable tablecloths, plates and utensils for easy cleanup. You could even use butcher paper or craft paper as a tablecloth and put out crayons for kids and adults to draw. If you use a sheet on your buffet, you can easily label different foods and add your own flair.

Mix Up Some Special Drinks For A Younger Crowd

When the adults are enjoying some drinks of their own, kids will be thirsting for something fun, too. If you want to get creative, add some sparkling water or soda to lemonade or juice and add bits of fruit for a fun and tangy kid-friendly drink. For another fun drink, you can make individual servings of sorbet punch. All you need is some lemon lime soda and tasty sorbet. Use a cupcake tin and liners to freeze individual servings of sorbet that kids can pop into their cups.

Make Your Own Magic

While fireworks are fun for older kids, younger children will probably be better off with a different distraction. This neat balloon fireworks project is perfect for kids of all ages, under supervision. You could also have mini flags for the kids, or ribbon wands in red, white and blue to occupy younger kids who can't handle popping balloons yet. If your yard is big enough, add a sprinkler for kids to run through during the day to cool off in a fun way.

Treat Them With Toys

Since children don't usually bring along their own toddler toys to events, it may be convenient to stock up on little goodies everyone can share and even take home. Stuff goodie bags with glow-in-the-dark bracelets, inflatable beach balls, festive sunglasses, candy and other fun items for kids to enjoy. If you have a large driveway that won't be occupied by too many party guests, include coloring chalk. If you are using a paper tablecloth, give each child a small box of crayons. These gifts are generally affordable and you can make goodie bags as large or as small as you want. You could even use boxes of crayons as balloon weights and use them as centerpieces that kids can take home.

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