This past weekend, to celebrate both my birthday and America's birthday, my family and friends threw a party on our pier at Pages Creek! After that night on the pier, I learned that there's not a lot you need for a successful outdoor party:
1) twinkly lights or a string of outdoor lanterns
2) some good tunes (I recommend the Avett Brothers station on Pandora)
3) great company, a fired up grill (and hopefully a grill master), and a beautiful view
The only thing missing that I would highly recommend is a monstrous citronella candle. However, with some Off! spray and a couple of fans, we lasted until the fireworks ended and the half moon shone through the smokey atmosphere.