Welcome to part six of my Party Planning Challenge! We’re all planning our 4th of July parties together, a little bit every day, just in time for the 4th. Here are the first parts of our series in case you’ve missed them:

We’re following the steps outlined in my free  4-Week Party Planner, but I’m consolidating the steps in our series. For all the details, sign up to get a copy of the party planner to use for planning any party.

Today, we’re talking about the final push to get ready for your 4th of July party.

At this point in your party planning process…

  • You’ve mailed invitations.
  • Online ordering is done and orders are arriving.
  • Local shopping (except for food) is done.
  • You’ve been crafting and picking up/cleaning your house and yard.

Now, it’s final push time! Here’s your week four daily agenda to get you party-ready. Of course, you can condense any steps you want to. I’ve just divided the work into daily tasks in case that’s all you have time for.

Day 1:  Finish any remaining crafting.

Day 2:  Iron your tablecloths and any fabric you may be using. If your party will be indoors, and you need to use a backdrop scaffolding, assemble that now. Throughout this series, I’ve really just assumed (and recommend) that if your party is outdoors, you let nature be your backdrop. That’s especially so if this is your first outdoor party. The wind can wreck havoc on outdoor backdrops. I’ll post some tips about outdoor backdrops another time.

Day 3:  Clean the party floor of your house (or schedule to have it cleaned). I’m thinking about your powder room, plus final vacuuming or mopping and dusting. All the “heavy lifting” decluttering and cleaning should be done by now. Sweep your front stoop and wipe down your front door.

Day 3:  Set your (indoor) dessert table with your backdrop, tablecloth, serving pieces and any other decorations.

Day 4:  If space permits, set your party dinning table. Set up your party favor table, if you’ll have a separate table. If you’ll be eating outside, obviously this step will need to wait until party day. In that case, recruit help, and start early that morning.

Day 5:  Grocery shop and buy flowers. Bake any food you will provide.

Day 6 – The Day Before:

  • Arrange flowers.
  • Pick up any baked goods previously ordered (if ordered locally).
  • Charge your camera and video camera batteries.

Day 7 – Morning of the Party:

  • Assign someone to pick up rentals (like tables or chairs) as early as possible. Since your party is on a national holiday, you may need to pick up rentals on July 3. Just check with your vendor.
  • Get yourself ready early so you don’t cheat yourself on time.
  • Make any last-minute food.
  • Set out chilled drinks.
  • Set out food that doesn’t require refrigeration.

And that’s the gist of it! Your to-do list may be a little different. You may need to shop for extra pool towels or get your husband to fire up the grill or go on an ice run. But I hope this gets you started! I’m excited for you and hope you’ll share your 4th of July party photos with me!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a special edition of Freebie Friday chock full of 4th of July party printables!

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