Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Fourth of July!

Well, folks, today marks the first day of my third trimester, and also the first day of the last week of June! You know what that means?! Time for all things 4th of July! (Which, of course, includes some decorating!) 

I’ve sorted through all of my patriotic decor, and most of it is up around the house now. I’ve always loved red, white and blue – maybe because July 4th is my mom’s birthday, and my family always celebrates! So when Amelia from LuxeDecor contacted me about a post on decorating for the 4th of July, I was excited for some fresh ideas. You’ll love these!

Summertime is all about family, fun and fireworks. The Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to host a big BBQ or all-night backyard bash. And while the explosive evening light show is often the focus of the day, there are many more inspired ideas for setting the stage for a festive occasion.

Here a few outdoor decorating tips just in time for that sparkly mid-summer soiree full of glowing night skies.

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Image Credit: Image Via Martha Stewart

An innovative holiday hack, taking a cruiser bicycle and making it into a red, blue and white display will instantly add cheer to any airy celebration. Pom poms, miniature American flags and large red stars pinned to a two-wheeler will help set the tone for a boisterous bash. Bonus: a patriotic bike works well for a Fourth of July parade.

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Build Your Own Hamburger Bar…with FREE Printables!

If you read my post a couple weeks ago on Planning for the 4th of July, you’ll remember that one of the things I was going to feature during our Independence Day celebration was a Build Your Own Hamburger Bar. I was looking for printables to go along with the idea, but I couldn’t find any, and I was thinking about making some of my own!

Well, here I am now, with a lil’ recap of our July 4th activities…including details on the Build Your Own Hamburger Bar…and YES, FREE PRINTABLES that I created for the event!

**Disclaimer: as always, I somehow can never photograph the “final product” – which is agitating to me! I just get so caught up with making sure everything is perfect, and then when the guests start arriving, I get caught up in making sure everyone is comfy, and has everything they need. So…the following will just give you some kind of an idea of what it somewhat looked like.**

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See those plates and napkins? That’s where my entire decor scheme came from. They look like burlap painted with red, white and blue! The cutlery holders are just tin cans, and the condiments are in Ball jars, and they’re tagged with…well, I’m getting ahead of myself!

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Happy Independence Day!

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May I be the first to wish you a Happy Independence Day! Here in the USA, that normally means BBQ’s and fireworks, right? I’d like to take a few moments to remind you WHY we really celebrate the 4th of July! So, here are 10 fun facts about today…how many of these did YOU know?

  1. The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
  2. The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4. The American colonies were declared free and independent states.
  3. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 and the official signing took place on August 2.
  4. 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
  5. The first Independence Day on July 8, 1776 took place in Philadelphia. The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804.
  6. The Declaration of Independence has five parts. They are: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures.
  7. According to census.gov, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to 316.2 million people today.
  8.  July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
  9. Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  10. 2014 marks this year as the 238th Independence Day.

What that said, whatever you are doing today, I hope that you take a few moments to remember WHY we celebrate! And for my international friends, we’d love if you celebrated along with us! And take some time to share with a friend or family member, as well!

Planning for the 4th of July!

Okay, it’s just over a week until July 4th, and I’m in full planning mode! How about you?

July 4th is actually my mom’s birthday (we call her the firecracker of the family) so our celebrations always coincide with a birthday celebration, as well!

This year, we hope to catch the fireworks display on the evening of the 3rd in downtown (here’s a shot from last year’s festivities – I LOVE fireworks!) and then we’ll be set for dinner on the 4th to celebrate independence and birthday together!

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Of course, our entryway has been decorated for patriotic purposes since Memorial Day, so I’m halfway there!

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But for the rest of the fun, where have I been looking? You guessed it! PINTEREST!

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Over the Weekend

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Hello, all! I feel like I haven’t blogged in FOREVER! (In actuality, it’s been 5 days…which IS forever for someone who blogs daily! Wow!) So, for today’s “Over the Weekend” post, I’m headed back to Thursday of last week!

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