4 for the 4th: Independence Day party ideas that will make a bang.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Schlage wants you to be holiday-ready with these four ideas for hosting the ultimate Fourth of July.
1. You can’t go wrong by sprucing up your curb appeal with American flags. Try this even if you’re looking for small porch décor. Miniature flags you can find at most grocery or dollar stores this time of year are perfect for tucking into wreaths and flower pots, like we see at On Sutton Place.
3. Try Fourth-themed lanterns, which you can make yourself with this tutorial from Keep Calm and Decorate. All it takes is a few store-bought flags, some decoupage glue and old pickle jars.
1. Get ready to host the perfect Independence Day BBQ bash. The Budget Decorator is full of cheap and easy DIY decorating tips, including a patriotic paper chain you can make with the kids. There are also a few ideas to upcycle containers to use at your BBQ.
2. And speaking of food, try your hand at some tasty treats from Four Generations One Roof. We especially like the ombre cake and kid-friendly drinks. Looking for July Fourth recipes on the healthier side? How about My Domaine’s chargrilled corn with chili lime butter and lobster pasta salad? We think these will have your guests’ taste buds exploding in the best way.
1. Whether you’re having friends and family over for that BBQ or you’re heading out of town, make sure your garden is in shape. Have it looking sharp for party guests with some red, white and blue flowers.
Secure home for the holiday
1. With all the holiday excitement, it can be easy to forget important home security practices. If you’re hitting the road for that weekend getaway, you might appreciate having the convenience and peace of mind that comes with a Schlage smart lock. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt can each be controlled remotely from anywhere via compatible apps on your smartphone when connected to your home’s wireless network. You can then check the status of your lock from the road – no more wondering if you locked up before you left home – as well as manage access codes for house sitters while you’re away.
2. You can also grant unique access codes to any guests staying with you so they can easily come and go as they please. Then schedule the codes to expire at the end of their visit. You should be enjoying the fireworks, not tracking down spare keys.
4. When the party’s over, make sure re-secure your home and yard. Go ahead and leave the dishes in the sink overnight if you want – we know it’s been a long day – but make sure your doors, windows and gates are locked. If you have a pool, secure that with a cover or any of your usual safety precautions, too. Bring in smart speakers or backyard movie screens and stow patio furniture if it could prove tempting to intruders.
Above all else, enjoy this Independence Day with friends and family. If you don’t know where to start or are looking for inspiration on the kind of party you want to host, check out our blog on finding your backyard party personality. We’d love to see how you celebrate, so be sure to share your holiday décor and festivities with us on Instagram or Twitter.