While this year’s July 4th celebrations and gatherings may be different in many ways, this holiday gives us pause to remember the founding of our country. Although we are not a “perfect” union, any more than we are perfect individuals, we come together to give thanks for all that is good. This year maybe we will also challenge ourselves and discuss around our tables, how we can take our country forward in new, creative, and life-giving ways.
This year around our table, thirteen of us will gather — our family and their SO’s and my husband’s brother and their family and one fiancé. We thought Sumner and James would be married by this July 4th, but because of COVID, we will celebrate this union next year!
In between golf, tennis, hikes, and walks, we will enjoy a lot of family time on the porch for breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and dinners. I do like to make this time special, but I also want to enjoy myself while everyone is here. As much as I love to cook, I too want to linger on the porch, play golf, and enjoy our family. To make all of this … effortless … for me and everyone else, I plan and prepare in advance. Last year I shared my menus and my game plan. I’m doing that again this year. If you haven’t started planning for your family’s gathering, it’s not too late! While my list will evolve as we add tee times and other information, this will give you an idea of my process. I keep my list in the Notes function on my phone. I can easily add and edit and once it’s complete, I will email the list to our family to provide everything they need to know. Once everyone arrives, I post the list on the fridge along with a friendly reminder that the speed limit in the club is 20MPH. 🙂
Many of the recipes can be prepped or prepared in advance. For recipes that we (yes, that means others will be helping!) will make closer to our festivities, I’ve planned in advance when we will prepare each recipe. I will also make my grocery list in Notes. This too will be effortless as I simply copy and paste the ingredients needed into Notes from the EE Recipes online. For those of you who have the guide, you too can do this! If you have a guide and don’t have an online login, please email me so we can set that up for you.
Take a look at the list below and start making your list too. We’ve provided a PDF below that will help you get started. Of course, you can always just use Notes on your phone. In your EE guide and online, you also have a generic Shopping List that you can print. See Charts in Sources & Resources. Step Nine in Effortless Entertaining, “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan.” With good planning and prep, our July 4th gatherings can truly be … effortless!
**Best filled out in your Web-browser or Adobe Acrobat
Tips & Quips
Without question, one of my best ideas EVER! You can see last year’s list and this year’s is ready to go. I never had to ask anyone to empty the dishwasher … Everyone wanted to make sure they added their name!
Last year I ordered Makeup towels for the girls as their Welcome gift. These are a win-win for host and guest — a party favor from the weekend for your guests and no makeup on your white hand towels! We gave the boys tee bags with golf balls, tees, and ball marks. I can’t tell you what I’m doing this year … it’s a surprise! Available here
Wine Markers are essential with so many people drinking out of so many glasses. These are my favorites. Available here
Signature Drink recipes will be posted in the bar so
everyone can make their own!