Independence Day is today, and you probably have to prepare your house for a weekend full of debauchery.

Whether you’re having a family-friendly cookout or an adults-only boozefest, finding a little inspiration never hurts. From feeding guests to keeping them entertained, here are 20 simple recipes and DIY projects that are about to set you apart from the rest. Expert party planning, commence!

 If you’re as lazy and uninspired as I am, this is the dessert you should go with when you ultimately forget you’re throwing a cookout in three hours.

If you're as lazy and uninspired as I am, <a href="http://stayingclosetohome.com/4th-of-july-desserts-ideas/#_a5y_p=3955430" target="_blank">this</a> is the dessert you should go with when you ultimately forget you're throwing a cookout in three hours.