Show your Patriotic Side with Outdoor Decorations



Celebrating America’s Independence Day usually involves patterns of red, white, and blue everywhere! With your clothes, with your flags, and with your outdoor spaces—you can show your patriotism in a number of ways. Try these decorating tips that you can use again, even after the 4th of July has passed.


Mix Modern Patterns


Who says everything has to be red and white stripes or blue and white stars?  While these are traditional decorations, there are lots of ways to bring in patriotic colors with patterns you can use anytime!  Choose table clothes that have a white background with a bold, blue geometric print or a floral fabric with lots of red and white to add a modern flair to this classic color scheme.  You can even use them simultaneously, just try to introduce a neutral layer in between to keep your décor from looking too busy.


You can add touches of the other colors with outdoor-friendly accessories like centerpieces, napkins, placemats, and even your crockery.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with different hues, too!  Navy blue, royal blue, powder blue—they all still get the point across. Plus, if you pick something you really like, you’ll be able to utilize it for other occasions, rather than keeping it in storage for most of the year.


Play with Your Food


In a decorative sense, of course!  Adding color to your menu is a great way to get your point across without having to purchase or store more decorations.  Even if you’re not a professional chef, you can easily create a festive snack table with items found in any grocery store.  Fruits are the perfect way to set up a flag centerpiece. Just alternate lines of red berries and white chocolate covered options (like pretzels) with some blueberries in the corner to complete the look.


If you’re really into your theme you can carry it throughout.  Think blue tortilla chips with queso blanco.  Or skewers made from white, russet, and Adirondack blue potatoes. Plus, when it comes to desserts, anything goes.  With food coloring, popsicles, and frozen cocktails on your side, your guests are sure to be impressed.  If you need some help with recipes, check this out


Don’t Forget the Fireworks


That’s the best part! Be sure to check your local ordinances before planning anything too extravagant.  Typically, though, sparklers are a safe bet.  So, you can use them as part of your décor or give them out as party favors and let everyone enjoy after dark.  Or, if you’re concerned about having that many fireworks in the midst of your party, you can also make flameless firecrackers out of items you already have around the house.  Here’s how


Although we’ll be closed this July 4thin honor of the holiday, we hope these tips will help you have a wonderful celebration!  Remember, there are many ways to show your patriotism this Independence Day, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  If you notice your exterior needs a little sprucing up while you’re entertaining today, please don’t hesitate to give Shaefer Siding and Exteriors a call.  We can help modernize your home—just like you’re bringing your outdoor entertaining up-to-date.


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