So, you’re just settling down for a nice, quiet Fourth of July weekend with the kids, when you get that call from the grandparents: “Let’s get the family together for the 4th–your place, of course.” This doesn’t bode well: there’s not enough food, the house isn’t clean, and you certainly haven’t decorated. This doesn’t have to be a problem, though. With some quick thinking and creativity, you can ready your home and your backyard for those last-minute guests.
Put the “weekend” back into your “4th of July Weekend” with some of these helpful hints for quick and easy Fourth of July decorations:
Trick out the food:
Finding ways to turn your meal into decor is one great way to simplify the Independence Day decorating process. Blueberries and strawberries mixed into a fruit salad, or topping a store-bought cheesecake or shortcake, along with red, white, and blue-frosted cookies can be just the thing to make your serving table festive. Even just serving simple summer classics, such as hot dogs, burgers, and corn-on-the-cob in an elegant presentation can give your table the iconic look that everyone expects from a Fourth of July cookout. Borrowing that plain red tablecloth from your Christmas decor, and pairing it with blue disposable flatware can turn the entire table into one large, striking Fourth of July decoration.
Don’t be afraid to keep it simple:
Put it this way, more people identify the trappings of a simple summer cookout with Fourth of July decorations than they do banners and streamers that can make your lawn look like you should be selling used cars from it. That said, don’t be afraid to use just a few tasteful decorations which identify with your personal style to remind people of the holiday, and let nature provide the rest of the scenery for you.
Deputize the kids:
While the parents handle the stressful work of preparing the house for company, let the kids get into the decorating game. Given the “solemn mission” of decorating the house and the yard, they’re sure to come up with some great and creative ideas for festive decor. Just a little help here and there, and you’ll be ready-to-go! Even better, if you’re having relatives over, they’re sure to love the hard work and creativity that went into your kids’ hand-crafted Fourth of July decorations. The family might even decide they want to take some of the holiday artwork home with them–saving you time and energy on cleanup!
Everyone has that nosy neighbor, or pesky in-law, who is just a little too involved. If you can swallow your pride for long enough, this can become an advantage. Invite those folks over a bit early, and ask them to bring their snappiest Fourth of July decorations with them. They’re sure to do all the work for you. If their work looks great perfect! But don’t worry if it looks a little tacky for your taste; they’re sure to take all the credit anyway!
Prepping for your last-minute company for the Fourth of July doesn’t have to be a daunting chore. Just use some on-your-feet thinking, try a few of these Fourth of July decorating tips, and you’ll be ready for whatever the long weekend can throw at you.