Let freedom ring and creativity abound during this 4th of July Holiday season. Even if you’re not hosting a party for the 4th, you can still decorate your home (inside and out) for one of the most popular holidays in the United States. From buying inexpensive decorations at a crafts or hobby shop, making your own, or perhaps spending a little more at a fine retail store, the ideas are endless. Here are a few of my favorite:
• Easy & Inexpensive: One of the easiest and brightest 4th of July decorating ideas starts at the kitchen table. Try covering your table in a red, white or blue paper tablecloth, and red, white and blue paper plates, napkins and cups, and napkins. Finish the table with a sprinkle of confetti or glitter (messy but pretty!), and maybe a few American flags supported by paper weights. All of these items can be purchased at a hobby, crafts, novelty or retail store like Target.
• Finer Things: If you don’t mind spending a little more for your table settings, check out www.Williams-Sonoma.com for their 4th of July decorations. They have a stars and stripes reversible runner which costs $42.00. The runner has stars on one side and stripes on the other. They also have a set of four adorable ice cream cups shaped like ice cream cones for $39.00. Why not throw in a high quality Cuisinart ice cream maker with an extra freezer bowl for $59.00?
• Think Outside: Don’t overlook the outside of your home for 4th of July decorating. Most hobby and novelty stores carry the American Flag with a pole, wind chimes (www.onlinediscountmart.com), a wind sock (Target) or a bunting of the flag for your front door.
• Light the Way: Another great idea for the outside of your home is to stick American Flags on short metal or even wooden poles along the driveway or pathway. If you’re having a party which will most likely take place in the evening, lanterns, luminary bags and votives add a festive glow.
• Make Your Own Decorations: Finally, for those of you who like to make your decorations, Martha Stewart has a wonderful idea on her website (www.marthastewart.com). Try this:
1. Take any clear glass container that is cylindrical and measure both the height and circumference of each, adding ½ inch to the circumference.
2. Use glassine (which is a strong and very thin semitransparent paper and can be purchased at crafts or hobby stores) and cut a piece.
3. Using double sided tape or a glue stick, simply take the glassine pieces you’ve cut out and wrap them around the glass, one at a time. You can use any kind of pattern (stripes, stars, etc.) to decorate your new votive holders.
Here are just a few of the 4th of supplies decoration I found at a local novelty shop: balloons (helium quality), all kinds of flags (flag fans, stickers, confetti, pens and pencils, party favors), centerpieces made of stars, candy decorated in red, white and blue wrappers, flag buntings, pictures of George Washington and President Barack Obama, toothpicks with crinkled paper on the top of each, tablecloths, paper plates, cups, forks, knives and spoons. The product quantity is actually very numerous and really gets your creative juices flowing.
Prices vary in craft, hobby or novelty stores but at a novelty store, you can buy in quantity and save some money. Decorations can be stored and used for years to come.
www.Williams-Sonoma.com, www.onlinediscountmart.com, www.marthastewart.com, Horner Novelty Shop (Louisville, Kentucky)