Well friends, the 4th of July is just a few days away! I love this holiday because it celebrates the birthday of our amazing country. Plus it is a great excuse to gather the family and friends together for some cool treats and a lot of red, white & blue fun!
Bonus: 4th of July decorations and snacks can all be done on the cheap!
Last year, I made a red/white/blue layered drink, decorated the table with a handful of items from the Dollar Tree and made a few crafts with the kids. The family was ecstatic and made me Queen for the day!! This year, I’m looking for a few more ideas.
Unlike some of their crafts, these are so easy!! All you will need is a few empty oatmeal containers, sheets of blue, red and white colored paper, tape, and some red and white streamers. If you want to be fancy you can also grab a star shaped hole punch, but drawing a star and cutting it out will work just fine. You will also need string and a hole punch to hang these pretty patriotic wind streamers when complete. Grab your kids and get started!
Step 1: Remove the plastic lid to the oatmeal box and discard. Gently cut out the bottom of the container. You should now be able to see through the cylinder.
Step 2: Tape the blue paper on the oatmeal box, covering the entire outside surface.
Step 3: Cut two thin strips of red paper and tape these to either end of the oatmeal box.
Step 4: Add the white stars that you have either punched or manually cut out, to the outside of the blue section of your oatmeal container. Make them as large and as numerous as you like.
Step 5: Cute approximately 3 feet of both the red and white streamers. Tape these to the inner edge one end of the container, alternating between colors (see picture).
Step 6: To end of the container that does not have the streamers, gently punch four holes on the very bottom edge (think: north, south, east, west). Thread string/twine through one hole and its opposite hole, and tie in place. Repeat for remaining holes.
Next up, is this this super cute and easy outdoor garland.
Katy Drane, author of Funhomethings.com, shares with her readers the following photos and info on how to make this oh-so-easy and inexpensive patriotic outdoor decor.
3–54″x108″ plastic table cloths in red, white and blue
1 string of 100 lights (clear)
Cut the tablecloths into 12″ x 1 1/2″ strips (about the length and width of a ruler). Tie the strips to your string of lights, alternating colors or whatever pattern you prefer. Hang on a banister like the photo above, wrap around a light post, or any other myriad of ideas!
Ok, now that we have the outside of the house taken care of, let’s move on to the inside of the house. Decorating for the 4th of July is so easy and can be done with very little work and money. For example, look at these fancy little Red, White and Blue Colored Rice jars, from Today’s Creative Life.
The author of Today’s Creative Life says we need the following:
3 vases (I think mason jars would be cute too!)
red and blue food coloring
All you need to do is add water to each vase. Then add one or two drops of red food coloring in one jar and one or two drops of blue in another jar. Leave the third jar of water plain. The author says she simply bought a potted daisy from her grocery store and cut the stems. Great idea! Add several of those little pretties in each vases and you have a sweet red, white and blue center piece.
Another easy peesy decorating idea is simply using small American flags. Just grab a handful and place them in a tall vase. Or use various sizes and place them in jars of chocolate candies or gumballs.
Now that we have the outside of the house decorated and the table all set, let’s move on to the most important part…the food!
There are a ton of ways to skewer fruit like watermelon, blueberries and strawberries to make a festive show.
You can also toss in marshmallows or pieces of pound cake in between the fruit, drizzle on melted vanilla chocolate chips and…mmm….mmm…mmm… you’ll really have something to talk about!
Dip pretzel rods in melted white chocolate and then in red and blue colored sugar and place those on a tray or a tall vase.
The possibilities are endless. Here are a just few examples!
Last year I made a very fun 3-layer Patriotic Punch. The trick is that each layer needs to have a significantly different sugar content per ounce. The larger the sugar content difference, the better your drink will layer and look. You can do this in one large jug like I did, or serve it individually as show in the picture from Mom Endeavors (she added red licorice too. How cute!!).
I used Sprite Zero, Hawaiian Punch, and Blue Gatorade and a TON of ice when I made my large batch version. This did the trick! Of course once I served everyone’s individual glass the colors all mixed together, but the initial “ooooh” and “aaaah” was perfect!
Whether you participate in a huge town parade or have a simple family gathering, be sure to celebrate this 4th of July. We have so many freedoms many in the world do not have and we have so much to be thankful for.
And after all the celebrating is over, call your local Two Maids & A Mop. We would love to come by and clean up the mess so you don’t have to!