As a WYNK drinker, you’re anything but ordinary. So, why should your 4th of July BBQ be any different? Skip the burgers, brats, and cornhole and host a holiday your friends and fam will remember. This summer, we’re helping you elevate your BBQ game with a few unique and exciting ideas to keep the whole crew extra stoked. Pick from one of our top themes, call up your friends, and get the party started.
Throw a Mini Music Festival
One of the greatest highlights of the warmer months is music festivals. The energy of the crowd combined with the undeniably majestic sound of live music is something truly special. This 4th of July, your backyard can become the stage for a vibrant, music-filled festival. Here are a few tips to make it magical.
Dress in Your Festie Best
Encourage your guests to dress up in their favorite festival attire. You know what we’re talking about – from boho-chic to rock ‘n’ roll, or even a touch of glitter and glam. This not only adds an extra layer of excitement but also makes for fantastic photo opportunities. Pro tip: There is no such thing as too many sequins.
Prep the Playlist
Music is the heart of any festival, so create a playlist that captures the spirit of Independence Day and transitions smoothly from day to night. If you’re looking to go all out, consider hiring a DJ to keep the party going and the dance floor alive. As the sun sets, illuminate your backyard with fairy lights, lanterns, and glow-in-the-dark goodies. A bonfire could also serve as a cozy gathering spot where guests can roast marshmallows and share stories.
Set Up a Snack and Drink Bar
Hiring a bartender (or have your friends all take turns) to mix up some fantastic WYNK mocktails will ensure there’s a refreshing drink for every taste. Looking for inspiration? Check out a few of our favorite THC mocktail recipes. Don’t forget to set up a hydration station with plenty of water and non-infused drinks for those that don’t wish to partake. Keep the foods simple and go with a giant charcuterie board, mini burritos, and munchies like pretzels, fruit, and chips and dip. To add to the vibe, create different chill lounges with comfy outdoor furniture, hammocks, and even a few tents or teepees for guests to connect and enjoy their drinks.
Queue Up Creativity
For a touch of interactive fun, set up an art station or craft corner. Provide materials for guests to create festival-inspired crafts, like flower crowns or tie-dye bandanas. This not only provides a fun activity but also allows guests to take home a personalized souvenir from your epic 4th of July BBQ.
Make It All American
Feeling extra patriotic this year? Let that American spirit shine by hosting an All-American BBQ. The best way to do this one right is to go all out!
Red, White, and Blue Everything
Begin by transforming your backyard into a patriotic haven with red, white, and blue decorations like balloons, streamers, tablecloths, colored lights, and of course, American flags. Encourage your guests to join in the fun by dressing in patriotic colors, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Set Up a Photobooth
Capture the day’s memories with a unique photo booth. Set up a backdrop that resembles a stamp or an Uncle Sam poster, and provide costumes and props like patriotic hats, sunglasses, and scarves. Your guests will not only enjoy posing for fun and festive photos, but they’ll also have a keepsake to remember the day.
American Menu With a Twist
When it comes to the menu, stick to classic American dishes but with a twist. Instead of classic hot dogs, go gourmet and wrap the dogs in bacon before grilling. Top with pickled onions and avocado salsa. Potato salad is another classic BBQ side dish, but this year, make it with dill and smoked salmon, or try out a sweet potato salad with goat cheese and lentils. For dessert, think sweet and light – like these red velvet whoopie pies with blueberries.
Spark Some Competition
Keep the energy high with some friendly competition. Just about any game can be turned into a tournament with a little organization. Whether you play volleyball, KanJam, or even a classic sack race, you can set it up round-robin style or in bracket format to determine the ultimate 4th of July winner. For those that prefer a different kind of game, set up a scavenger hunt! Let the prize be a WYNK variety pack of THC seltzers for the adults, and have a separate game running for any kiddos.
Don’t Forget the Goodie Bags
As the day winds down, send your guests home with gift bags filled with themed goodies. Mini American flags, red, white, and blue candies, or even a can or two of WYNK’s perfectly balanced THC:CBD seltzer make for perfect mementos for your fantastic All-American BBQ.
Beach Bum BBQ
We know what you’re thinking – but you don’t need a beach to host a beach-themed BBQ. With a little creativity, you can bring the beach vibes right to your backyard.
Set the Scene
Encourage your guests to dress the part with Hawaiian shirts, sundresses, or other beach-appropriate attire. You could even provide leis for guests to wear upon arrival. To set the scene, throw a few vibrant beach towels over your outdoor chairs, and you’ve added instant beach day appeal. Pick up bags of seashells from the dollar store and pop up tiki torches for after-dark lighting. You can also use small glass jars filled with sand as candle holders (bonus if you use candles that keep the bugs away). If you have a pool, fill it with beach balls and inflatable floaties.
Create Cozy Places to Socialize
Ensure there are plenty of lounge areas where guests can relax and soak up the sun (or shade). Beach chairs, hammocks, and beach tents can create the perfect chill-out spots. Beach umbrellas and blankets are perfect for sprawling out and relaxing.
When it comes to the menu, think beach vacation. Grilled fish, shrimp skewers, and ceviche are perfect dishes. Complement these with chips and dips like guacamole and salsa, and for dessert, consider tropical fruits or a refreshing homemade sorbet.
Add Some Entertainment
Finally, keep your guests entertained with beach-themed games. A volleyball net, a frisbee tournament, or even a sandcastle-building contest can add to the fun. No sandbox? No problem! Pick up some kinetic sand and create a sandbar to play. The key to a successful Beach Bum BBQ is to create a laid-back, tropical atmosphere where your guests can relax, have fun, and of course, enjoy a crisp, cold can of WYNK THC:CBD seltzer.
Happy Independence Day!
This 4th of July, make your BBQ stand out with one of our unique themed party ideas. As long as you have your nearest and dearest celebrating alongside you, you really can’t go wrong. Let this be the summer of epic memories and daytime get-togethers that turn into late-night hangs. Happy Independence Day!