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    Three Fun and Festive Plays on Fourth of July Décor

    The fourth of July is right around the corner, my friends. And, whether you’re hosting a party or just want to give your home some patriotic punch, here are three easy ideas for festive and fun July fourth décor.

    1. Patriotism in a Pot: What’s more festive than flowers and flags? This simple party popper can be pulled together in three easy steps:
      • Pick up some small galvanized buckets. You can get them super cheap on Amazon, although I have amassed a collection from Trader Joe’s and also see them all the time at Target.
      • Hit up your local nursery and buy a flat of red and white geraniums, then simply plop them in the galvanized buckets. If you want to extend the life of your flowers, add some potting pebbles in the bottom of the bucket for drainage, then plant the flowers, keeping a little extra potting soil on hand if needed.
      • Lastly, purchase a pack of small American flags, which can be found just about everywhere this time of year, and stick one or two in your pretty flower bucket. I got the pictured flags at Target, which included three small flags for under $2.

        Once the fireworks have faded, these great little buckets can be filled with all sorts of flowers (which can also serve as wonderful thank you or hostess gifts).
    2. Bandana Bonanza: I love using bandanas for summer entertaining. Their sweet paisley prints sing of casual summer fun. Packages of them are quite inexpensive and they can be used over and over again in lieu of the often-disposable go-to party décor. For the Fourth festivities, pick up a packages of red, white, and blue bandanas (make sure you get 100% cotton), then disperse throughout your home in a variety of ways:
      • Table Top: Lay diagonally on table surfaces such as dining table (creating a runner effect) or end tables, adding a festive flair to your everyday furnishes.
      • Dress up Dining: Rolling up utensils in a bandana looks festive and has the added functional benefit of the bandana serving as a napkin. You can also line bowls of chips, rolls, popcorn, and other party food with them, elevating your basic snacks with a festive touch.
      • Don’t forget Fido: I know, pets notoriously hate the Fourth of July, but if you have a cute pooch around, show them a little love with a cute bandana collar. It will ensure they get a few extra pats before the explosions begin.
    3. Have Fun with Food: If you’ve read my posts before, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I’m not a big fan of all things plastic-y and disposable, and décor is certainly no exception.

      Decorating with food is so lovely because it can be both beautiful and serve as party snacks for your guests. Here’s a few fun ideas:
      • Satisfy a Sweet Tooth: Snatch a few galvanized buckets from your floral project and fill with old-fashioned patriotic lollipops, creating some American-nostalgia in a pretty package.
      • Fruit-Forward: I always serve or bring a fruit platter to parties, especially when small children will be present, and it’s always completely finished off when it’s time to head home. Fruit is beautiful, healthy, and wonderfully in season in Early July. I fill white bowls with fruit in various shades of red and blue, typically opting for cherries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Keep them separated by fruit type rather than mixing them together for the biggest visual impact. Since fruit in any shade of white can be hard to find, I buy kid-friendly yogurt-covered pretzels and include them in the vignette.
      • Bold Beverages:  Fill icy coolers or large galvanized buckets with mason jars packed full of ice-cold lemonade. Add some frozen blueberries and/or raspberries to the jars in lieu of ice. For an adult-aide, add a splash of vodka to the mix, or have a couple bottles of libations on hand for adults to doctor up their own mix.

    That’s all folks. Time to get that patriotic playlist pumping and celebrate America’s birthday with these quick and easy plays on festive-July Fourth décor!


    All Photos by Marla Smith

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