Monday, June 23, 2014

How to Make Your Backyard the Place to Be For the 4th of July!

As far as holidays go, 4th of July is a pretty easy one to host!  Usually the weather is great, school is out and everyone's in that laid-back summer mindset. You don't have to cook forever like with the winter holidays or decorate your house within an inch of its life! Independence Day is all about parades, fireworks and grilling, and the backyard is where the action is.

How to Make Your Backyard the Place to Be For the 4th of July!
If you're the barbecue host this year, don't stress! You are the lucky one and decorating your backyard will be both fun and easy! You don't have to worry about color scheme, so that's one off the list. Of course, you can go the quick-and-easy route and buy out the seasonal holiday decor aisle at your local party store, but you don't have to stick strictly to stars and stripes. 
Let's get creative this year and find things around the house that will look outstanding when put together in a fabulous 4th of July theme!
And once you've decked out your yard, maybe hand the grilling to someone else? Grab a drink, sit back and be sure to make time to enjoy the fireworks!
Here's how you can make your backyard the place to be for the fourth of July: 
  • This year, have some fun with fabric! You can find red, white or blue fabric in any kind of pattern you want.  It doesn't have to be stars and stripes, just the right colors! Tie the strips to the railings with contrasting strips of material. 
  • Find patterned paper that you can cut stars from. 
  • Get red, whit and blue rubber bands and wrap them around clear votive holders to make a striped candle display. 
  • For decorative healthy snacks, place red apples in blue buckets or strawberries in white bowls. 

Make sure to look for creative color ideas when you're thinking about the three most important components of your Fourth of July backyard d├ęcor: table coverings, lighting and accenting finishing touches.

The table is one of the most fun things to dress up! Color coordination isn't going to be a problem, so you really can't go wrong with whatever you choose to cover your tables. The easiest thing to do with any other kind of table is to start off with a plain white tablecloth and then embellish it. Try striped ribbon, glittery paper stars, crepe paper edging or a fabric runner with tiny paper stars dangling from the ends. If that sounds like too much work, or you're having a lot of kids over, keep it simple and fun. Just cover the tables with white paper, provide red and blue crayons and stickers, and let the kids do the decorating. They will love their decorative freedom!! 

As you can see there are many ways to create a celebratory space this year.  Take one or all of the ideas and you'll be so glad you did!  

We love making your home a place to gather.  If there is anything else we can help you with, come visit our contractors at Unique Home Building, and we'll get you going with your dreams! 

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