Patriotic Decor

Simple Summer Patriotic Décor

4th of July is just two short weeks away and that means it’s time for me to add a little summer patriotic décor to our home! The 4th of July is one of my most favorite holidays out of the entire year. It’s a time for us to gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Celebrations include parades, concerts, cookouts, fireworks, and time off of work to relax. My favorite part of this holiday…gathering with family without the expectations of gifts. 4th of July gatherings are all about enjoying one another’s company with delicious Americana food, and a few loud fireworks to end the night. That’s it, there are no other expectations other than having a good time!

Simple Summer Patriotic Decor

Once I realized that 4th of July was right around the corner, I got the itch to add in some simple summer patriotic décor to our home and specifically this glass cabinet. As someone who loves an all neutral décor palette, I like to add just small, simple touches of red, white, and blue for summer. Patriotic décor does not need to be over the top to be impactful. A simple addition of a blue ribbon, or a red flower, or an old historical book are all you need to decorate your home for the 4th of July.

I have more patriotic décor ideas in our summer home tour, you can check that out here.

Vintage Demijohns
New & Vintage Books

The simplest way to add summer patriotic décor to any home is with the flags. So simple and easy, right?!

I grouped two medium sized flags and placed those in the vintage demijohns on top of the cabinet. I grouped two to three smaller flags and placed those into the glass jars inside the cabinet. The red, white, and blue of the flags add just the right amount of color to this otherwise neutral corner.

Adding newer flags to vintage pieces helps to add character and coziness to our home. You can purchase the flags in our home here, and here. When purchasing any flag, make sure to buy flags that are American made!

Patriotic Decor

I love the flags next to this vintage book, “Pennsylvania Superior Court Report”. It gives me all the historical, patriotic feels! Our bookshelves are always a mixture of new and vintage books. It is such a great way to incorporate new with old, which is one of my favorite ways to decorate!

Patriotic Decor

Baskets add another layer of texture to shelves, cabinets, or any area of your home. The texture of the baskets inside the cabinet play off of the texture of the demijohns on the top of the cabinet.

Shelf Styling

I placed a few faux Queen Anne’s Lace stems inside the baskets. Queen Anne’s Lace is such a beautiful (and underrated in my opinion) flower and reminds me of summer! More faux summer flowers you could add into your patriotic décor could be; hydrangeas, geraniums, or poppies .

Simple Patriotic Decor

Ribbon is another way to add simple patriotic décor to your home. I tied a blue & cream stripped grosgrain ribbon to the handle of one of the demijohns. I simply tied the ribbon into a bow. Then kept the tails of the ribbon long to drape down onto the cabinet. To me, ribbon makes everything more beautiful!

If you have a wired ribbon that you love but don’t love the wire, check out this reel on Instagram on how to remove it.

Patriotic Styling

Finally, I added blue & white quilts and blankets to the bottom shelf of the cabinet. I love that we can easily pull out a blanket to cozy up on the couch or grab a quilt for a picnic or a trip to the beach.

Simple Patriotic Decor
Summer Cabinet Styling

For more simple summer patriotic décor, check out this blog post with patriotic décor ideas along with a few fun patriotic food ideas too!

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Simple Summer Patriotic Decor
Candles

Memorial Day Ideas

Memorial Day is a few short days away and unofficially kicks off my favorite time of year…summer!

With Memorial Day this weekend, I thought I would share with you a few ideas that you can use to add that patriotic feeling into your home all summer long from now, through 4th of July, and all the way to Labor Day. I’ve had so much fun adding pops of red, white, and blue around our home that I hope you will do the same. I love that these colors serve as a reminder to me of how lucky my family is to call the United States home and how thankful I am for those that have served and are serving to protect our freedom that we can so easily take for granted.

I hope these ideas inspire you to add a little patriotic flair into your home this weekend as well as provide a reminder of what this upcoming holiday is truly about.

Patriotic Bouquet
Summer Flower Arrangement
Patriotic Summer Bouquet

Memorial Day Décor Ideas

Simple touches are my favorite ways to incorporate patriotic décor into our home . Small splashes of red, white, and blue are you all you need to make your home feel festive.

Patriotic Wreath
Welcome Home
Outdoor Patriotic Décor

Make the entrance of your home patriotic.

For our front door, I took the spring wreath we already had hanging on our front door and added a red, white, and blue pennant to the center of the wreath along with a red and white stripped bow. I simply hot glued the pennant to the grapevine base of the wreath (I kept the wreath out of the elements for 24 hours to ensure the hot glue would hold) and after the 4th of July, I can gently remove the pennant from wreath and use the wreath on its own for the rest of summer or store away and use again next spring. The red and white stripped ribbon was wired when I purchased it. I wanted more of a free flowing ribbon, so I removed the wire from the ribbon. After cutting the wire out of the ribbon, I loved how floppy the ribbon became and how the edges of the ribbon started fraying. It was exactly the look I was going for with this wreath. For a video on how I removed the wire from the ribbon, check out this reel I posted on Instagram.

American Flags
Outdoor Patio
Outdoor Entertaining

Decorate with flags.

Flags are the easiest way to add red, white, and blue to your décor. I added a small planter full of red geraniums and white petunias to our outdoor bistro set, then inserted two medium sized American flags. I also added a small mason jar filled with small American flags to the table as well. Here are a few other ways you can decorate with flags; hang or drape them on walls or tables, small flags on wooden sticks can be placed in vases and displayed on a mantle or as a centerpiece for your tablescape, or simply place a few small flags into a floral arrangement. Make sure to purchase flags made in the USA! For links to the American made flags I used, click here.

Summer Flower Bouquet
Olive Bucket Filled With Fresh Flowers
Living Room

Create a patriotic seasonal bouquet.

Grab a seasonal bouquet of flowers from your grocery store and add them to a unique vessel. Or, make your own bouquet with stems from your grocery store or cut stems from your own backyard! For this bouquet, I purchased blue hydrangeas, white stock, white freesia, and chamomile (I love that these look like little tiny daisies!). I arranged the cut stems inside of a glass vase, and then placed that vase inside of this white vintage looking olive bucket. For the perfect pop of red, I used the same red and white stripped ribbon I used on the wreath for our front door, and tied that onto the bucket handle. You could even add a couple of small flags to your bouquet to make it even more festive!

Memorial Day Food Ideas

Who doesn’t love All-American fare in the summertime?! What is better than a grilled hamburger, a sweet ear of corn, a slice of cold watermelon, or a delicious ice cream cone on a hot day! Here are a couple of desserts my family enjoys on Memorial Day & 4th of July as well.

Flag Fruit Pizza
Flag Fruit Pizza
A Bite of Flag Fruit Pizza

A few years ago, I started making this flag fruit pizza for 4th of July. It’s so delicious and festive that I’ve started making it not only for 4th of July but Memorial Day weekend too. It’s simple and easy to make on a hot summer day, tastes amazing, and what other dessert looks like the American flag! Give this recipe a try, I promise it will be a crowd pleaser! The recipe I use is from Graceful Little Honey Bee and can be found here. (Recipe Note: Missy pipes whipped topping between the rows of strawberries, I do not do that.)

Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade Ice Cream & Cookies
Stars & Stripes

Last week I shared with you a delicious homemade vanilla ice cream recipe served with star sugar cookies. What is more Americana summer than a bowl or cone of ice cream?! Find my homemade vanilla ice cream recipe, here. It’s creamy, smooth, and oh so refreshing on a hot summer day!

Patriotic Fruit Salad
Star Shaped Watermelon
Fruit Salad

This fruit salad couldn’t be easier to put together, and who doesn’t love fruit salad served at a cookout! It’s refreshing and you feel a little less guilty eating all the hot dogs and hamburgers when you have a little fruit on the side. This fruit salad will be the “star” of the cookout with watermelon pieces cut into adorable star shapes. Simply take a metal star cookie cutter (will be easier to cut with a metal cookie cutter than a plastic one), cut into 1/4″-1/2″ slices of watermelon, then place your star shaped watermelon pieces into a bowl. Sprinkle in some blueberries and raspberries and you have a side perfect for your get-togethers this summer!

Remembrance

Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. Of course, it’s a weekend to get together with friends and family for BBQ’s and cookouts, but it’s also a time to remember and honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice. I am fortunate that I have never lost a friend or family member serving in the military, however there are so many that are not as fortunate. Take a moment this weekend to remember those that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom & liberties. Here are a few Memorial Day events taking place locally (check your local newspaper or town Facebook groups for events happening near you) and nationally this weekend to observe the holiday.

Garden of Flags

If you live in the metro-Boston area, consider visiting the Boston Common where a display of 37,000 American flags will dominate the landscape.  This garden of flags, put in place each May by Massachusetts military heroes, honors the memory of the Massachusetts service members who have given their lives to defend the United States and our freedom. For more information, click here.

Memorial Day Parade

National Memorial Day parade televised nationally on most major networks Monday, May 30th at 2 pm. For more information, click here.

Memorial Day Concert

National Memorial Day Concert televised nationally on PBS Sunday, May 29th at 8 pm. For more information, click here.

Outdoor Entertaining
Fruit Pizza
Patriotic Bouquet

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy the long three day weekend…I know we will.

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Classic All-American Summer Treat

With the unofficial start of summer coming soon (hello Memorial Day!) I wanted to share with you a classic all-American summer treat! To me, there isn’t a more classic American summer treat than a bowl or cone of cold, smooth, creamy, delicious ice cream! It’s something enjoyed the entire year but especially during the hot summer months.

This week, I am joining a group of talented bloggers to bring you all kinds of red, white, and blue inspiration for the season and holidays ahead! Links to their blogs can be found at the end of this post. If you found me through the blog hop…Welcome! I hope you will cozy up and stay a while!

For this patriotic blog hop, I am sharing with you a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream. When I was deciding on what I would share for this blog post, I kept coming back to ice cream. I have so many memories that revolve around summer and specifically ice cream, that a bowl of the sweet stuff takes me right back to my childhood and that magical time…summer vacation.

I grew up in a second floor apartment with my parents and younger sister. My parents did not have much money growing up. They either could not afford or were too cheap to install air conditioner units in our apartment (I have never asked which it was!). So, once summer came, our house was hot! Like hot enough where you couldn’t sit down on a chair because you would either stick to the wood or stick to the fabric. In the late afternoon, to escape the oppressiveness of the heat, my parents would take us on bike rides in developing neighborhoods around where we lived. I remember pedaling my bike as fast as I could go to feel the rushing air against my hot skin. We would then head home for a bowl of ice cream to refresh ourselves and cool us off for the night before bed. One of the best parts of where I grew up though, was the family that lived next door and my childhood best friend, Alissa. Alissa and I were the same age and when my family moved into our apartment, we instantly became best friends. There are many memories I have of growing up with Alissa (including our yearly Halloween party, our make believe adoption agency, the hours of house I would make her play which I can’t believe she continued to be friends with me, these are just a few!), but some of my favorite memories were our trips with her family to get ice cream. We had the best time. We would laugh uncontrollably (at what I do not remember!), gorge on ice cream, and just have the time of our lives (oh how I miss those carefree summer days!!!).

Ice Cream
Ice Cream & Cookies
All-American Summer Treat

Now, anyone can run to the grocery store to grab a gallon of ice cream or head to the local ice cream shop for an ice cream cone (we do this all the time!), but there is something nostalgic about making your own. Why not try it this summer! Last week’s blog post “Cozy Updates to Transition Your Home From Spring to Summer” also included a section on summer treats, you can check out that post here. There really is no better tasting ice cream than homemade, and it is extremely easy to make. I made classic vanilla ice cream, well because what is more classic and American than vanilla ice cream?! Also, this vanilla ice cream recipe can easily be customized for whatever flavor ice cream your family enjoys. More on that in a second! We do have a one-quart electric ice cream maker which makes this process very easy. If you do not have an ice cream maker consider investing in one (they are relatively inexpensive). Here is one very similar to the one we have, this one is a two-quart so makes a larger batch of ice cream, this one is super cute and only makes a pint for more of a single serving.

Classic All-American Summer Treat
Patriotic Snack
Star Sugar Cookies

To go along with our classic vanilla ice cream, I baked a batch of sugar cookies cut out in the shapes of stars, frosted with a tub of Betty Crocker classic white frosting (the tub of frosting is key to these sugar cookies), and decorated with red, white, and blue sugar & star sprinkles. I baked a couple of batches of these and froze them so that we can have star cookies for the 4th of July holiday, so fun right?! You can find my sugar cookie recipe here.

This summer, I hope you try making your own homemade ice cream! You will make new memories along with some new traditions, all while reflecting back on summer memories and traditions from years gone by.

Find my recipe below for creamy, delicious, homemade vanilla ice cream.

Patriotic Table
Classic Summer Treat
Summertime Treat

There’s more red, white, and blue inspiration for you! Check out the blog posts from these talented bloggers that are joining me this week:

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Classic All-American Summer Treat

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 cups heavy or whipping cream

  • 1 cup milk

Directions

  • Whisk eggs in mixing bowl until light and fluffy about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in sugar a little bit at a time, then continue whisking until completely blended about 1 minute.
  • Pour in cream and milk and whisk to blend.
  • Follow ice cream maker instructions on how to make the ice cream.

Notes

  • You can add multiple flavors to this basic vanilla ice cream recipe. Once your base is in the ice cream maker you can add (just follow your ice cream machines instructions) chopped Oreos, crumbled chocolate chip cookies or brownies, M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts, the options are endless!