Set the Scene
Decorating for the Fourth couldn’t be easier – just make everything you can think of in red, white and blue! The local dollar store is a great place for inexpensive flags, table covers, plates, napkins, flatware, cups, streamers and balloons. I like to buy extra plastic table covers and napkins in red and blue to line drink buckets and bun and chip baskets. I cut clippings from the garden and put vases of fresh flowers and greens around with American flags in the arrangements. If you’re good with a sewing machine, you could easily and inexpensively stitch together this pretty red white and blue bandanna tablecloth I found on Pinterest to use for many Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day parties to come.
Patriotic centerpiece - I got especially fired up over this idea on atthepicketfence.com. It’s a centerpiece you can easily make from pool noodles! You’ll be able to use it for all your patriotic celebrations.
American songs - Load your iPod or smart phone with patriotic songs and play your selections via a pair of portable speakers or docking station during the party. You can download songs from iTunes or check your local library for CDs of patriotic songs you can check out at no cost. You can include both traditional and contemporary titles. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen
- American Pie, Don McLean
- God Bless America
- The Star-Spangled Banner (traditional or Jimi Hendrix’s version)
- Living in America, James Brown
- America the Beautiful
Driveway chalk photo op – I love this idea from Michelle at burghbaby.com. Let kids draw this Statue of Liberty backdrop with fireworks, lantern, headdress and pedestal with sidewalk chalk as show. Let them take turns donning a length of patina color cloth from the fabric store toga style and pose for a photo as Lady Liberty! A few grownups may want in on this, too!
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