I’m so excited to share my patriotic wood ruler basket with you today my friends! Can you even believe that it’s almost Memorial Day? And does anyone else feel like the month of May is trying to kill them?
Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It’s me, Julie, from redheadcandecorate.com. You might be wondering if I didn’t realize that YESTERDAY was Memorial Day and thinking this project is too late.
But decorating our home for Memorial Day and The Fourth of July has always been something I truly look forward to and enjoy. The American flag is so beautiful…it makes it so easy because no matter where I display it (or what time of the year), it seems to belong.
Last year, I decided to take things a step further and I designed this “American Flag Candle Log”…
I’m officially declaring this the summer of kids movie theme songs getting stuck in my head.
Just when I start to think that I’ve finally buried them deep enough in the recesses of my mind something will come along and just yank it back out again and I’m fairly certain that ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Everything is Awesome’ will haunt me for the rest of my life.
And I now have a whole new appreciation for how many times my mom had to listen to ‘The Sun’ll Come out Tomorrow’ when I was obsessed with the movie ‘Annie’.
I’m sorry Mom…so, so sorry!
I have to be completely honest with you.
Technically this is supposed to be a 5 Minute Craft. And it totally would have been.
Except I received an invitation to a tea party from a little girl who was trying to teach manners to her brother who was pretending to be a cheetah.
I don’t ask questions. I just GO! Wouldn’t you?
But, if you didn’t have to attend a tea party with a cheetah who kept being reprimanded for burping out loud and not holding up his pinkie finger/paw when sipping from his tea cup then this would TOTALLY qualify as a 5 minute craft!
Don’t you just love it when kids are singing “My Country Tis of Thee” and they say “sweet land of ‘liver’ty”?
Or when they are saying the Pledge of Allegiance and instead of indivisible they say invisible?
There is nothing quite like watching a child develop a sense of patriotism and pride in their nation and no time is that more true than on the 4th of July! This holiday is about being together with family and friends and celebrating the freedoms we are so blessed to have.
And it should also be about just enjoying the moments, not slaving over complicated recipes and elaborate decorations.
So, we’ve put together a simple collection of recipes, crafts and decor that you can do at the last-minute so that you can get out there and wave those flags, light those fireworks, eat that apple pie and celebrate our nations birthday with style!
How often do we find ourselves wanting to host a fun summer party, but we are intimidated by the cost and the preparation?!
I love to gather friends and family together on warm summer afternoons and evenings, but I don’t like the idea of spending all day preparing food and drinks and a lot of money on decorating.
Summer gatherings do NOT have to be expensive or time consuming!
Why not let your food and beverages set the tone for your party color scheme! Use large galvanized buckets to cool down and hold your beverages. You can have one for the kids and one for the adults. I like to fill the grown up bucket with Seagram’s Escapes in all of the new summery flavors and the colors match perfectly with a patriotic theme! Some of my favorites are Strawberry Daiquri, Sangria and Calypso Colada! They not only taste amazing but their bright and fun colors pair perfect with a red white and blue theme. Freeze some easy to serve, and ready to drink, Seagram’s Escapes Frozen Flavorsand toss in the bucket for an extra special treat and you’ll avoid manning the blender all evening! Perfect for family friendly events, but huge in taste!
Decorating can be as simple as pairing plain white dishes and napkins with colored plastic ware and strips of scrap paper as napkin rings to tie them all together.
Use some fun paper lanterns in matching colors that can be picked up in the dollar section at craft stores. Matching paper straws are not only useful but tie into the color scheme.
One of the most frugal and fun ways to decorate your table for the holidays is using recycled bottles! The options are endless with the myriad of paint colors and craft supplies available.
I chose a classic patriotic “red, white and blue” color scheme for my recycled bottle centerpiece!
This little centerpiece project couldn’t be easier to make, and with some empty Seagram’s bottles at my disposal, I was able to whip this up for my patriotic tablescape in no time!
Here are the supplies you’ll need:
empty glass bottles (remove labels and wash in sudsy water. let dry) dual primer and spray paint (this provides best coverage) embellishments for your bottles (stickers, twine, washi tape, etc.) Items to place in your bottles A stand for your centerpiece (I made one out of a patriotic plate and bowl)
Wash and Dry Bottles. Allow to dry completely inside and out. Using several light coats spray bottles until thoroughly covered. Once bottles are completely dried, embellish them with stickers, twine and washi tape in fun designs and patterns. Place on diy plate stand and add your finishing touches for a fun summer centerpiece!
Entertaining for the summer doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult when you use recycled materials, fun themed accessories and serve Seagram’s Escapes Frozen Drinks and Coolers!
I love learning new creative and frugal ways to decorate for and host a celebration!
What are some of your best tips?
I’m in this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping!
It’s a teeny-tiny-don’t-blink-or-you-will-miss-it feature.
But it’s there!
And why am I in Good Housekeeping do you ask?
Well, I’ll tell ya.