4 for the 4th: Patriotic Paint Fight Party

Milena Kukurekovic

4 awesome party ideas 4 all you Smarties 4 on the 4th of July. Usually, when you put on your cleanest, whitest clothes, you're not about to get the dirtiest you've ever been… but then where would the fun be in a PAINT FIGHT?!

A paint fight may sound difficult to organize, but as soon as you find a location, there is nothing to it.

The Paint: We bought 2 one-gallon bottles of both red and blue paint. We figured that two gallons of paint per team of five would let each person completely fill his or her water gun approximately three times. Don't worry about getting too much paint, because you can always pour any extras on an unsuspecting teammate. :)

Since the paint is too thick to shoot out of the guns as is, we had to water it down. To do that, we bought three 5 gallon buckets. In one bucket, we poured the two gallons of red paint, and in another, we put the two gallons of blue paint. We filled the third bucket to the top with water. We made sure to do this before we arrived in the woods where there was no water supply. Then, we split the water between the two buckets of paint and used our hands to mix. We bought bucket spouts to pour the watered-down paint into our guns but found it was actually easier to fill empty water bottles with the paint and use them to transfer the paint instead.

The Water Guns: There are endless choices of water guns, so pick any you like, but we recommend that you find ones that hold at least 750 ml. The farther they shoot the better!

The Water Balloons: We bought water balloons with the intention to fill them with paint and use them as extra ammo, but that idea flopped since the balloons we bought were too small and fragile. So, if you want to go the water balloon route, make sure to get sturdy balloons that can easily stretch. Get a small funnel that you can insert into the balloon opening as well to make for easy filling.

The Menu: There is nothing easier than serving hot dogs in buns, a variety of chips, and beer, so that is exactly what we did. We also brought along ketchup and mustard packets, as well as a bunch of disposable plastic plates, cups, and cocktail napkins to keep things simple.

Throw a paint fight party, and we promise it will be one 4th of July everyone will remember! And this is one type of party we never want to miss, so make sure to share pics on the Smarty Facebook page.

Want more way to celebrate Independence Day? Check out our Patriotic Martinis, and Light Up Cotton Candy Cocktails! FIRE AWAY!

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