Excuse me … how did it get to be July?!!! Honestly, it was January just yesterday. It seems everyone is talking about how 2021 is flying by at warp speed!
So, here we are … getting ready for July 4th! This year we will have the fewest number of people we’ve ever had for the 4th. We are between two family weddings, one daughter abroad, and Elizabeth’s fiancé in Charlotte studying for the bar. Even though we are small in number, we will still be about big fun!
In between golf, tennis, hikes, and walks, we will enjoy a lot of family time on the porch for breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and dinners. Because our group is so much smaller, I decided it would be better to share last year’s GamePan and Menus with you. Since I’m doing less this year, last year’s information will provide more information that will be helpful for you!
As I always suggest to you, I keep my list in the Notes function on my phone. I can easily add and edit. I also 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 when we will prepare each recipe. I will also make my grocery list in Notes. This will also 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 to 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 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!