Want to plan an American themed party? There are lots of reasons to get patriotic and throw a USA themed bash. Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day are all great times to break out the red white and blue party decorations. If you’re American or just want to celebrate like one, here are some great tips for throwing the ultimate American themed party.
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How to plan an American themed party
In many parts of the world, outside of the United States it has become a bit of a “thing” to host “American” theme parties. It’s funny to see what people in other countries think Americans do at parties. Europeans host parties based on what they think Americans eat, drink and do for entertainment. Buzzfeed did a whole story on it and there are lots of funny pictures floating around the internet. To be fair, most of what other countries think Americans do at parties isn’t really that far off.
The irony of this post is that I’m not even American. I’m Canadian and I have lived in the USA for 10 years now. Realistically the two countries are very similar but there are little cultural differences that I notice every day. I’m planning to get my American citizenship in the next year. It’s expensive and there is a lot of paperwork, plus it takes a long time for all the paperwork processing.
Hopefully I will be throwing another American themed party soon to celebrate passing the civics test. Oh, and in case you are wondering I am here legally, I have a green card and permanent resident status so you can put down the phone and don’t worry about reporting me to ICE.
American theme party decorations
One of the most important aspects of any party is the decorations. When decorating for your American themed party you will want to use lots of red white and blue (the colors of the American flag) decor.
Feel free to also decorate with USA flags in a tasteful and respectful way. Paper decorations are easy and you can get them off Amazon. Balloons are cheap and easy and you can make a fun balloon arch.
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Use stars, stripes and red, white and blue table cloths and fabrics. Floral arrangement in red, white and blue will also fit right in.
Bandanas are cheap and very “American” use them as napkins or table decor.
American themed party food
American cuisine gets a bad rep with the rest of the world for being unhealthy. While this may be true let me just say that I have done quite a bit of traveling in my life and although American food will probably clog your arteries and make you gain some extra pounds you can’t deny that it is delicious.
Here are some American foods to serve at your party:
- Apple pie
- Coca Cola
- Budweiser or other American beer
- Fruit plates resembling flags or any food that is red white or blue
American themed party games
It’s very well known that Americans love football. If you have the outdoor space organize a round of flag football. Baseball is another great choice if you have a large field nearby.
Other games your party guests will like
- Corn hole
- Beer pong
- Mini golf
American themed party costumes
If you want to make your American themed party a costume party there are lots of different costume options. You can dress up as an important figure from American history like presidents or other politicians. You could also dress up as the Statue of Liberty or a celebrity. Athletes, actors and actresses or comic book superheros make great dress-up options.
If you don’t want to go as a character or historical figure you can wear lots of red, white and blue clothing or wear one of the most icon American fashions: blue jeans.
USA Party Music
No party is complete with out some tunes on in the background. There are so many great American singers and bands there should be no trouble finding some music that everyone likes. Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson are all great choices.
If you want to go the traditional route, country music is very “American” as well as bands and musicians from the southern states.
How would you plan your American themed party? Let me know in the comments!