By Nova Hasley
Planning to go all out for the Fourth of July? Of course you want bragging rights to the best outdoor décor in the neighborhood, but where do you begin?
Our founding fathers took care of the color scheme: red, white and blue. So, pretty much anything in these colors will take you in the right direction. But with such a simple color trio, how does one stand out?
Here are some ways you can turn your Fourth of July outdoor décor into an all-American extravaganza:
It’s all about first impressions. Let your guests know that this is going to be a great party as soon as they walk up to your front door. Making a Fourth of July wreath could be the edge you’re looking for.
“Did you know you can make a designer wreath with 3 ingredients? You can when you use high-quality products like wired ribbon, faux florals and a WOW focal point,” suggests holiday decorating experts at Show Me Decorating.
Take your DIY skills to the next level by adding your personal touch and, of course, America. Stick with the patriotic theme by including flags or stars and stripes. Leave your guests wondering, “Where did they get that?”
No question, the most important feature will be the U.S. flag. As your family gathers around to eat, wouldn’t a great conversation topic be your great taste in table décor?
“I love incorporating small and medium stick flags into my 4th of July decorating,” says Cary, N.C.-based professional interior decorator Amy Bell. “They’re affordable and can be clustered in a small vase for a simple outdoor centerpiece.” Great centerpieces paired with a patriotic tablecloth will help tie everything together without being too much.
Don’t forget to add your personal touch in your table décor! This is a day for you and your family, so having past Fourth of July photos at each table can be a great way to reminisce. Create a family hashtag so guests can share new pictures on social media.
Your whole family is gathering in your backyard, so let’s not forget to provide entertainment for all ages. Fireworks are the go-to holiday staple, but what shall you do before the sun goes down?
You could set up a colorful craft table with face painting or arts and craft to bring everyone together. A ‘Make Your Own Uncle Sam Hat’ booth could be a fun activity for the kids and make some memorable photos.
If you have a more active family, why not come together and play a game of good ol’ American football or baseball? Split into teams and make a reward to up the ante. Loser does dishes? Let the competition begin!
When done right, food is a decoration in itself. Why not start with some American classics? Try to stick with the day’s color palette the best you can, but just have fun with it! If you have any family food traditions, all the better.
“Bring out the colors with fun candies and desserts decorated in the flag’s colors, like red velvet cupcakes with blue frosting,” says celebrity designer
Doesn’t this cake look delicious? Get family and friends involved by adding it to the day’s activities. Gather around the kitchen and have a blast putting it together. It doesn’t have to be perfect — it’s all about laughing and enjoying the company.
Now that you’ve got the ground covered, let’s hang some decorations. Take your décor to the next level by adding some lights and lanterns to your trees to shine amongst the fireworks.
“Brighten up your backyard,” says Adams. “Hang lanterns, string lights, fill mason jars with candles or get a campfire tripod or an easy-to-install backyard fire pit to brighten up the yard and add a spark to any party!”
Just remember the most important part of this holiday is to be with your family and friends to celebrate our nation, so sit back and enjoy your great choice in décor with the fireworks. Happy Birthday, America!
Nova Hasley is a content intern for New Home Source.