Decorating for the Fourth of July!

Well, the Fourth of July is nearly upon us again, and this year I am determined to be ready ahead of time! It always creeps up on me, but no longer.

I often get asked about how to prepare a home or room for a theme party, so I have been hunting all over the Internet for some good old ‘red white and blue’ inspiration I can share with my clients.

Now, to start, you’ve got to get your first impression just right. Make sure the entry way to your home is appropriately festooned. If you have a walkway coming up to your door, string up some red white and blue streamers or ribbon, laced through with fairy lights. This gives a magical feeling to any area and sets the scene for what’s to come.

A little wreath on the door, made from tiny paper American flags, will welcome your friends and family, and make a great talking piece.

Next up, luminaries. They are all the rage at the moment, and even more so if you use mason jars for them. Wrap the jars in jute twine, red and blue ribbons, and use white candles inside to create a warm glow throughout your home. If there are going to be little ones at the party, it might be wise to arrange them out of reach!

A¬†little patriotic bunting over the doorways and some little flags and pinwheels artfully arranged will finish off the feel. You don’t want to go overboard on the decorations – just a tasteful amount.

And of course, no Fourth of July party is complete without the themed food – red white and blue dipped Oreos, red white and blue iced cupcakes or cookies, hotdog buns with patriotic wrappers, flag-themed mason jars for glasses, and bowls of strawberries and blueberries decked with cream.

I hope this little list gives you some inspiration and helps you prepare for your Fourth of July party with plenty of time and no stress.