I don’t know about you, but decorating for the holidays —any holiday– is hard for me. I always have the best intentions, but then whammo! It’s here and gone before I can frost a cupcake or hoist a flag.
But over the last few years, it finally occurred to me to work smarter, not harder. Now, I go simple on most holidays. Well, at least on the three patriotic ones that seem to come and go so quickly.
Here’s a sample from the kitchen nook.
5 Tips for Easy Patriotic Decor
Tip 1: Use Generic Dishes and Linens
The first smart thing I did was to gather dishes and linens that carry the common red, white, and blue color theme, but have different patterns, textures, and heights. I mean, after all, if we stock these kinds of generic products, then we can mix and match whatever we have, regardless of the holiday or special occasion.
I know. So easy.
Why did it take me so long?
Tip 2: Choose a Theme
Next, make the decor work for all three patriotic holidays by centering the theme around the flag. This way, you’re up and running from mid-May to after Labor Day. And, of course, the flags can be removed between holidays. Just make sure the flags are easily popped in and out of the central decor.
Which –BTW—-leads us to the central decor.
Tip 3: Use Silk Flowers
Buy or create an arrangement of summer bloomers. I love geraniums, but my kitchen table doesn’t get the sun they need to stay alive and bloom during the season. By using quality silks, I get to use my beloved geraniums and the table stays put together for several months.
And for decorators who are pressed for time or allergic to fresh flowers, silks are a super-easy option.
I mean, after all, fresh flowers only last a few days and we have three holidays over the long, hot summer. So refreshing fresh flowers at least once a week for three months is crazy talk? AmIright? Truly #aintnobodygottimeforthat #saveitforaparty
Tip 4: Add a Pop of Special
To make the patriotic decor special for July 4th, add something specific for that holiday. For July 4th, I only added a pillow or two. Pillows, like flags, are easy to drop into place and easy to store away after the holiday.
An even better option is to simply use pillow covers.
Tip 5: Don’t Forget the Food
And last, but not least, don’t forget to use food as part of the decoration. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just fresh and colorful. Apples, mangoes, and bananas are bright choices. I usually keep a plate or bowl of fruit on a cart so it’s handy, but out-of-the way.
And, of course, the summer veggies will color pop when served in the good ole’ red, white, and blue. If you’d like to learn the secret to great summer corn, please click here.
And believe it or not, that’s all there is to it. Once I started using generic dishes and linens, holiday decorating for this little area was a piece of cake.
At the bottom of this post is more inspiration for revvin’ up the Red, White, and Blue from some super-talented bloggy friends. I do hope you’ll take a look at all of their great ideas and projects.
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