The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays! Not only can you spend the whole day and night outdoors, cooking out with friends and family but it is one of the easiest holidays to decorate for. Usually I decorate for every holiday but I try not to go too crazy. I will focus on one area of the home whether indoors or outdoors and of course, my own Fourth of July outfit. I will spread a couple things in other locations here and there but I always remind myself that it all has to be taken down and put away.
For the Fourth of July, I always try to think of different items I can add but “Hey! When in doubt, flag it out”…right?! There are many reasons I love decorating with flags: 1.) they are super inexpensive, 2.) easy to store, 3.) if you do it right, they look like you spent a lot more money than you did 4.) what screams Fourth of July more than an American flag? This year I decided to focus on our patio area since that is where everyone usually hangs out in the summertime.
Here are is how I pulled off decorating a whole area for under $30.
- Medium size American flags ($1/each) and small American flags ($1 for 3) at any dollar store. This year I put medium size flags around our large tree in the backyard and the small flags I added to vases and flower pots.
- Red, white or blue placemats from TJMaxx. ($5.99 for set of 4)
- Red, white and blue bandana from Target to wrap around the vase. ($1)
- Candle holders/lanterns from Target. ($1/each)
- Milk glass vases- my favorite, favorite! I buy milk glass at thrift stores anytime I see it which is often. I’m not sure why people are giving milk glass away so much but I’ll take it! Who doesn’t love a simple white vase? (around $2)
- White flowers of any kind work. I picked up carnations. ($5). I always cut branches off of our boxwoods to fill the vases with greenery too (free).
Fourth of July this year means, for me, that it is time to reflect. It is going to be a time to reflect on our country, where we have been and who we are as ONE nation. I hope everyone has a happy, fun and safe Fourth of July!