Don’t forget the fact that when it comes to your July 4th party, a little decor goes a long way. Sure, red, white and blue glitter can seem like a bit of a cliché, but it’s also fun and feels appropriate for a day celebrating the independence of our nation. Don’t shy away from the patriotic centerpieces, banners, streamers, flower arrangements and balloons—we say if you’re going to go for it, really go for it. And if you are planning an outdoor party, don’t forget the bug spray and citronella candles to keep the bugs away. Especially these days with the threat of the Zika virus freaking people out around the world, better to be safe than sorry.

Last piece of the party puzzle: fun. Plan games and activities that will keep the kids happy while the adults mingle. Ring toss, potato sack races, egg toss, and water balloon fights are always fun for the whole gang. An upbeat playlist is essential; of course you’ll need to feature some patriotic favorites like Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen and Welcome to America by Neil Diamond.