We had such a nice summer, so I want to take a moment and share some of our favorite memories! The Fourth of July was a great day with family and friends and we hosted a small Fourth of July BBQ at our house, so here’s a few photos and tips for decorating on the fly!
Now even though the 4th is over, you can Pin this for next year or also use the ideas for other Patriotic holidays and/or if you’re Military- thank you for your service- and you may have a few more opportunities like promotions to use some of these tips!
1.Use what you have. We did not plan far out for a Fourth party- so I went through my items I have and pulled things out from the woodwork! This red vase was something I’ve kept, this gold tray is usually on the ottoman, and Tony had this American Flag already too. I did happen to hop into a Homegoods and found this ice bucket and red anchor napkin rings but because this was rather last minute, 4th decor was on sale, so I got them reasonably.
So before shopping, take peek in your closets and other rooms. Try to repurpose a makeup brush holder or platter in a different way. Neutrals are always useful and quite trendy so pull items that are white, gold, black, grey, wooden or silver. Once you have them all on one table you’ll be amazed with how many ideas you come up with for storing silverware or napkins, etc.
2. Make it authentic. Now when it comes to a holiday, especially the Fourth of July, I like to not only make a cute display for the food and party, but really celebrate and learn or teach what the holiday is truly about. Even adults can always learn more! So I was thrilled when I remembered Tony had this American Flag stored away with the certificate that mentions it was flown above the Capitol 1984. And if you ever use a flag for decoration, make sure not to display it casually like as a table cloth, that’s a big no-no. So always display it with respect and if you need to double check, visit USFlag.org
3. Elevate with details. Now I know this doesn’t look like a super traditional 4th BBQ. I mean we stayed indoors because of the weather, so I tried to make it nice and respectful this year as well as fun, of course! So I bought a couple flags at Home Depot. I think they were under $1.00 each and a few carnations from the grocery store to make three floral arrangements. They turned out really cute. I placed one on the buffet table above, this one on the mantle and another in the entryway. The vase I already had and the greenery was from our bush out front! Super easy, super cute and patriotic. Done!
4. Prepare ahead of time. So another trick I like to do is set out my empty dishes and server ware the night before. This allows me to make sure everything is washed and then all I have to do is pop in the food. I don’t like scrambling during a party. Like my guests, I like to have wine and relax! So do as much as you can beforehand and you’ll be a lot happier and less stressed!
5. American Flag Cake. This was my first time making this cake and it was really easy to do! Just make your favorite flavored cake ahead of time and let it cool completely. Then add bright white frosting. If you’re making from scratch don’t add vanilla to the frosting unless it’s clear. The brown extract will turn it yellowish.
Then slice your strawberries in half and try to keep them the same size. Then line them horizontally after you’ve added a rectangle of blueberries. Such a fun cake to make, definitely try it for your next Patriotic gathering!
From our family to yours, thank you for your service and your sacrifice! Happy Fourth of July.
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