ice cream cups

Summer weeks are full of events. From concerts in the park to family vacations, your calendar is probably at-capacity with the most exciting get-togethers of the year. A sure hot spot on your summer calendar is the 4th of July, one of the country's most beloved holidays.

Whether you're a party-planning aficionado who loves to host for your friends and family or you want to throw an event for the entire community, you're going to need the right supplies. Let's take a look at everything you need to throw the most memorable 4th of July party this summer.

Patriotic Decorations

One of the most important things on your shopping list for a themed party is the right decorations. Without the right decor, your special 4th of July party will be just another summer get-together. Luckily, the appropriate decorations for America's birthday are very easy to find.

As with any event, you'll start your design by picking out the color scheme. Red, white, and blue are the classic options to celebrate this day and certainly won't lead you wrong. If you don't want to overdo it on these iconically patriotic colors, you could pick one of the three for the majority of the decorations and use the other two as tasteful accents. You could also use varying shades of each color that are slightly different from the traditional tones of red, white, and blue for this holiday.

Once you settle on the exact colors you want, it's time to think about what kinds of decorations you need. Start with the basics of party decor: streamers and balloons. Since the holiday is all about the stars and stripes, look for streamers and balloons in fun star shapes. Paper fans can also add a wonderfully patriotic touch to porch railings and fences. You can also use bunting and banners to spruce up your tables of drinks and snacks. Don't forget about including the actual American flag, whether in their miniature sizes in tables vases or as a decorative centerpiece hanging on your porch or patio.

Ice Cream For All

You can know with near certainty that the day of your 4th of July party is going to be a hot one. The perfect treat to keep everyone cool is ice cream. This American classic is the quintessential summertime dessert and guests of all ages will love it. Even better, you can easily match your ice cream supplies to the patriotic theme.

Start with picking out red, white, and blue ice cream cups. These will match your color scheme perfectly and the color variation allows your guests to use their favorite of the three. Take these containers a step further by ordering custom ice cream cups. The customization could be as simple as a patriotic design or you can put memorable details like the date, location, and name of the party on your ice cream cups. You'll need themed ice cream spoons as well to complete your patriotic supplies. Order these in bulk in red, white, and blue to mix and match with your ice cream cups.

After you get the right ice cream vessels and utensils, you'll need the actual treats. Plenty of ice cream brands have special flavors just for this patriotic holiday. You could also go with more classic flavors like vanilla and chocolate to please the palettes of your guests. Another great option is to set up an ice cream bar with a wide variety of ice cream flavors and toppings so that partygoers can create their perfect dessert. No matter what you offer, just remember to serve it in an air-conditioned area so that you don't end up with ice cream puddles.

America's Favorite Games

Celebrate the formation of the United States by enjoying games and activities that are iconically American. These games can range from blood-pumping team sports like flag football and beach volleyball to calmer yard games like cornhole and frisbee. The best parties have a little bit of both of these categories. Party guests will probably vary in age and ability, so offering different types of games will ensure that everyone has something to do. For all of your activities, try to get the equipment in the theme's colors and decorated in stars and stripes.

If you have access to a pool, your 4th of July party is the perfect time to utilize it. Make sure it's freshly cleaned and chlorinated and to tell your guests to bring their most patriotic swimsuits. Stock the pool with pool noodles and games in red, white, and blue to turn it into the perfect party space. Be sure to have plenty of sunscreen on hand as well, as the reflective water will make it much easier for your swimmers to burn.

To ensure that everyone will remember how wonderful your event was, put together a 4th of July photobooth. First, make a fireworks backdrop. You can do this by painting wine corks in red, white, and blue and placing them in the shape of exploding fireworks over a simple striped design. Then, stock the photobooth with props. You can find packages of 4th of July-themed photo props online or create your own. With this picture-perfect opportunity at the ready, your guests will have something they can take home and look back on for years to come.

Perfect Picnic Food

While the frozen treats you serve in your patriotic ice cream cups are sure to be delicious, your guests will probably want some heartier fare as well. Before you break out the inevitable burgers and hot dogs, put out a variety of snacks in themed bowls. Include American classics like potato chips, dips, and pretzels. Be sure to offer healthy and refreshing options as well such as star-shaped watermelon and a well-stocked veggie tray.

Now it's time for the main course. Get your party's grill master ready to start flipping classic burgers and hot dogs. Remember to have some veggie burgers and other vegetarian options available for anyone at the party who doesn't eat meat. Set up an area in your air-conditioned space for your guests to build their own burgers and dogs with a variety of toppings and sauces. You'll need sides like green bean salad, potato salad, and macaroni salad to complete the perfect summer meal.

Whenever you get your closest friends and family together, you know that the event is going to be fun. Turn it into a smashing success this year by paying attention to the party's smallest details. From themed decorations to party games for every age, you can ensure that every piece of the patriotic puzzle fits together. Contact Frozen Dessert Supplies today to start your detailed party planning by ordering the perfect ice cream cups.