Three Ways to Throw a Rockin’ Fourth of July PartyBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on May 28, 2014 | In General
The fourth of July is still a few weeks away, but with a little planning now, your event can be the talk of your southern California town! Keep kids and adults alike busy and happy this Independence Day by working these fun party ideas into your event:
Carve some watermelons.
Don’t wait until Halloween to carve funny faces, cool designs, or a sweet holiday message: use watermelons instead! Just like pumpkin-carving, watermelon-carving requires only a sharp knife, an optional stencil, and your imagination. And while you can cut off the top and remove the contents, you don’t have to – you can also leave the fruit inside to make a lovely contrasting background to the watermelon’s green skin.
For more fun with watermelons, cut the largest one in half and use it as a punchbowl. Scoop out the fruit inside and puree it in a blender with water, ice, or other fruit juices for a sweet and healthy treat.
Make sand castles you can keep.
Mix up some “sand dough” according to the following recipe:
- 2 cups fine sand
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Mix these together in an old saucepan, then add one and one-half cups cold water and stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture becomes very thick. Remove from the heat and let it cool until it’s lukewarm, then store in an airtight container. Kids can shape their own sand castles, ornaments, and other sculptures. When the creations dry completely, they can be taken home for a Fourth of July memento and even painted.
Layer your drinks.
Red, white, and blue party drinks for the Fourth of July sound amazing – but how do you keep three differently-colored ingredients from mixing together? Choose a red, white or clear, and blue sugary drink for each concoction, and then layer them in individual glasses according to their sugar content, with the most sugary on the bottom. The drink will maintain its colored layers, offering a cool way to beat the heat and leaving your party guests asking, “Just how did you do that?”