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Hooray! It’s America’s birthday. You’ve got your food spread planned and your thoroughly non-tacky outfit all picked out. But, wait—don’t our forefathers deserve a little pomp and circumstance on the decor front, too? Here, 11 easy ways to spruce up your J4 celebrations.

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GARNISH YOUR FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS

Happy Fourth! We hereby grant you permission to tie a star-spangled bow around the lip of your flower vases. And while you’re at it, why not stick some festive party picks in your blooms?

Suzanne Kasler for Ballard Designs pottery (from $39)

july fourth icecubes
Courtesy of Pier 1

MAKE RED, WHITE AND BLUE ICE CUBES

Hot tip: Pop some blueberries and raspberries into your ice tray to give your drinks a pretty, patriotic pop.  

Pier 1 ice tray ($8)

STRING A FLAG GARLAND ACROSS YOUR DECK

It isn’t July without some tea-stained flag paraphernalia, guys.

Terrain ($26)

DRESS UP YOUR DRINKS TRAY

Fact: Cocktails just look snazzier in trays. And for this holiday, may we suggest lining said tray with a flag bandanna or striped tea towel? Charmed, we’re sure.

Pottery Barn tray ($32)

 

FESTOON YOUR NAPKINS

Step 1) Pull out your most seasonally appropriate napkins (hey there, blue and red ginghams.) Step 2) Cinch them with a patriotic ribbon. S’cute.

Grandin Road napkins ($29 for four)

HANG A SUMMER WREATH (OR TWO)

Boxwood wreaths? Totally festive and totally season-appropriate. Top yours off with a big, patriotic bow and call it a day.

A Holiday Shoppe ($63)

KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH LINENS

If your holiday decor style is “less is more,” consider simply fanning out some Fourth-themed napkins on your buffet table—for just a touch of kitsch.

Wisteria napkins ($59 for four)

HANG A BUNTING ON YOUR PORCH

An oldie, but a goodie. (MeeMaw would be proud.)

Grandin Road ($49)

SET UP A PATRIOTIC MINIBAR

Chic ice bucket? Check. Americana emblazoned tumblers? Check, check. Enough chilled wine to inebriate a small army? Check, check, check.

Tervis Tumbler cups ($48 for four)

DECORATE YOUR FOOD

If your cupcake/slider/pig in a blanket doesn’t have a flag toothpick in it…is it even Independence Day?

Ali Express ($2 for 100)

july fourth cookies
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

DECORATE *WITH* YOUR FOOD

Thematic baked goods aren’t just for Christmastime. Have the whole fam get in on decorating patriotic sugar cookies, then display them tabletop for tons of charm and color.

Williams Sonoma cookie cutters ($7)

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