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Fourth of July BBQ Checklist

June 28, 2016


The Ultimate 4th of July BBQ ChecklistThe Fourth of July is coming up!  Are you planning on having a party?  

If so, we’ve got the ultimate checklist for you to make sure you’ve got everything you need handled. Just follow this list and enjoy your shindig with less stress, less mess, and much less fuss.    


  • Make guest list and send out invitations – for a casual affair like a 4th of July BBQ, e-mail invitations are fine.


  • Enlist help. You will need assistance with cleaning, bringing dishes, manning the barbecue, serving drinks, etc. Figure out who can help with what. And many of your guests will offer – to help set up, bring a side, or clean up. Take them up on it and add what they are doing to your list!
  • Clean the house. Top to bottom. Yes, the week before. This may seem like it’s a bit ahead of schedule but if you do a big clean ahead of time, the day before your BBQ you’ll only need to wipe down your kitchen, the surfaces guests will see, and the bathrooms guests will use. [Unless you live in my house, where within 12 hours, the house looks like it’s never been touched. ;)]
  • Confirm Guest List. Make calls or send e-mails if you haven’t heard back from people you have invited.
  • Decide where you’re hosting your party.
    • Make sure you have enough seating and shade.
    • If it’s your backyard, schedule when you will mow the grass, set up tents, etc. Also make sure you have a contingency plan in case of rain.
  • Plan your menu. Consider how many people you expect and what food you’d like to serve. Make lists of what you have, what you need, and any other necessary items Items you’ll need
    • Meats for the grill (e.g., burgers, hotdogs, ribs, salmon)
    • Buns
    • Vegetables for the grill (e.g., corn, bell peppers, zuchini, eggplant)
    • Side dishes (e.g., baked beans, guacamole, potato salad, cole slaw)
    • Chips & Dips
    • Desserts (e.g., ice cream, cupcakes)
    • Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
    • Plates
    • Cups
    • Napkins
    • Cutlery
    • Table cloths
    • Serving platters
    • Serving spoons
  • Decorations. Decide which decorations, if any, you’d like. Decorations can be as simple as red, white and blue napkins and table cloths and decorated cupcakes.
  • Do your shopping. Unless there’s an item you need to buy fresh the day of the BBQ, picking things up ahead of time will save you stress.
  • Confirm Your Serving Dishes. Match up your many to any cooking/serving dishes you will want to use. Missing something? Borrow or buy it now.
  • Pick Your Outfit. You don’t want to be trying to figure this out as your guests ring the doorbell. Keep in mind you want to be relaxed and comfy.
  • Set up. As much as possible. Lay out your serving dishes, set up tables and chairs, and put up any decorations your heart desires.
  • Do a Last Minute Tidy. Wipe down surfaces, and make sure guest bathrooms and party areas are neat.
  • Buy Ice (or have tap someone to buy ice for the day of the party)
  • Cook and prep any items that can be done in advance  
    • Make your pasta or potato salads.
    • Shuck your corn on the cob.
    • Make your dips.
    • Marinate your meats and vegetables.
    • Bake your desserts but leave the icing for the day of the party so it’s fresh.
  • Create a music playlist.  Great music always helps set the perfect vibe.  Organize your playlist so that when guests come, all you have to do is hit Play. If you don’t like having to make your own, you can find lots of great ones pre-made on Spotify.
  • Last Minute Prep. 
    • Cut up your veggies,
    • Put chips in their bowls,
    • Set up drinks in coolers with ice.
    • Frost any deserts that need to be frosted.
  • Glam up. Shower and get ready before your fabulous guests arrive.
  • Party! Put out appetizers and greet your guests. Make yourself a cool drink and relax.
  • Have fun! You’ve worked your booty off to have a great party. Enjoy it!

4th of July BBQ Party Checklist

Monick HalmMonick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom.  She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers.  She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor.  She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms.  You can connect with her on the Checklist Parent Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.

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7 Tips for an Award-Worthy Oscar Party

February 25, 2016


snappa-1456469149The Academy Awards show is coming up on Sunday February 8!  We can’t wait to see who wins!   And what better way to enjoy and share the excitement than being with your good friends. Have a killer Oscar party and invite them all. 

What do you need to do?  Don’t stress, we’ve done the research for you.

We found this great Oscar planning party article that we want to share with you, “Oscar Party Ideas: 7 Ways To Throw The Perfect Party” by Jim Donnellythat is simple and to the point. 

Donnelly highlights the following ideas for the party:

1. Invite Lots of Friends: Life gets busy. That’s why a big event like Oscar Sunday is the perfect opportunity to see all those friends you don’t see enough. Mixing in different social groups is a cool way to introduce strangers to each other, and add to the liveliness of the party. 

2. Guess the Winners: Get ballots for all your attendees and see who can guess the most correct winers for the different categories.  Need a ballot? Check out the full list of Oscar Nominees!

Marc & Monick in their Oscar Party finest

Marc & Monick in their Oscar Party finest

 3. Dress to Impress: You don’t have to go overboard, but it is definitely fun to get all gussied up like the stars for just one night. You can even roll out your own red carpet on the front porch to add to the ambiance. Another fun activity is to dress up like your favorite movie characters.

4. Have a Feast of Food: This does not need to be crazy.  If you want to save time and money, do a potluck thing. You can even stick with the theme and offer awards for Best Appetizer, Best Libation, Best Entrée and Best Dessert! Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started. Try some Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffed Rice or a Blood and Sand cocktail!

5. Award Your Own Oscar Statuettes: You can get little plastic ones by the bagful at your local party store or on Amazon. Hand them out as parting gifts as your guests start filing out after the Best Picture is announced, or you can give them as gifts for the Best Food Awards (see above). This is a definitely memorable favor, no one will soon forget.

Champagne bottle party favors with tuxedo and dress and mustache and lipstick and scissors and pipe cleaner www.berries.com/

Champagne bottle party favors with tuxedo and dress and mustache and lipstick and scissors and pipe cleaner.  Photo courtesy of www.berries.com

6. Decorate the Place: Red carpets at the door, champagne bottle favors, special ballot envelopes, movie posters on the walls are all very special touches. Simple streamers and balloons will work, too.  What’s important is to capture the glamour of the big event.   

7. Watch the Oscars Live: It’s the reason you’re all there, right?We suggest you start the party early to enjoy the stars as they come down the red carpet (one of my favorite parts).  Enjoy the glamour and the show, but more importantly, enjoy the company, food and fun!  

You now have 7 ideas on how to throw a super Oscar Party. We’re sure you’ll come up with many more on your own.  If you do, please share them in the comments below!

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