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Do you need patriotic decorations for a block party, July 4th, Memorial Day or Labor Day event?
Here are some easy ideas for you that are great homemade decorations!
Little American Flags - everywhere!
Fill containers with flowers in red and white, and top with some
American Flags. Some great flowers are geraniums, petunias and
impatiens. I also think bouquets of daisies in mason jars are a sweet look for the patriotic table.
Those small American flags can be purchased very inexpensively. Purchase several and group them together for a bigger impact.
Let's make the dinner table or buffet table patriotic too! Use a plain white tablecloth, or a red and white checked tablecloth, as your base. An easy napkin idea is to use red, white or blue bandanas, and add a little American flag to the napkin and tie with raffia.
Purchase inexpensive white, red and blue fabric and use to drape like bunting (at the end of summer you can often find patriotic themed material on sale!!)
Dig out your Christmas lights in red, white and blue (leave the other colors packed away for now!) and drape around your front door, along your fences, and around your patio or backyard.
The "after Christmas sales" are a good time to stock up on colored lights. Red and White lights could be reused for Valentine's Day and green lights could be used for St. Patrick's Day.
Everyone loves candy, and used correctly it can be part of your patriotic decorations.
Fill jars with red, white and blue candies. Better yet, create a red, white and blue candy bar!
Some candies that come red, white and blue wrappers/versions are:
There is always the favorite patriotic cake that is decorated to look like an American flag with strawberries and blueberries, or a cake made with red white and blue layers.
You know the paper chains that you can make at Christmas? Make some in red, white and blue and drape around the party area. This is a fun and easy craft idea that kids can help with in advance of the celebration.
My favorite party decoration – balloons! They are easy to find, easy to put assemble, and CHEAP! Whether you blow them up with air yourself, or use a helium tank to do it, balloons add a festive spirit instantly!
I'm a big fan of crepe paper too. You can twist it and drape it to add a bunting effect, and it is also so inexpensive.
For July 4th, you may be able to shoot off fireworks. If you are in an area where you can't decorate with your own fireworks, you may at least find learning about them to be pretty interesting. So, I've included some fireworks trivia for you...the five usual colors are red, white, blue, yellow and green. They are made from these chemicals: Red – strontium, White – magnesium, Blue – copper, Green – barium, and Yellow – sodium.
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