Decorating For Memorial Day
And The 4th Of July

Most people don't automatically jump at the idea of decorating when they think of Memorial Day and Fourth of July, but since many people use these holidays as an excuse to play host or hostess, this is a fantastic day to re-work your current home decor to include a patriotic touch. Use these patriotic holidays to deck your home in the traditional red, white and blue with these quick and easy tips.

Decorating for Memorial Day and Fourth of July

Red, white and blue table settingsRed, white and blue flowersLinens

Spruce up a dull bedroom by using a vintage flag-print fabric as a duvet or bedspread. Top off with basic white pillow cases for a look that's sharp, but still a bit understated.

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Mix and match red poppies, white geraniums and a few blue hydrangeas for a bouquet that gives a cheerful pick-me-up to any room. It's also a great table setting or centerpiece for family get-togethers and outdoor barbecues.

3Table setting

Use a traditional red and white checkered tablecloth for the dining table. For additional contrast, use blue glass plates and glasses for serving food. If a tablecloth isn't available, pick up a few red and blue bandanas and use them as placemats.

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Purchase terracotta planters and use a glossy finish paint to make the pots red and blue. Use them to re-pot houseplants to place on the porch or inside your home. Basic wall paint sold at any hardware store will do the trick.


Use red, white and blue tea lights in old jelly jars for outdoor lighting on tables or on outdoor walkways. During the day, it will look like typical decor, and in the evening, your sidewalk will be filled with twinkling lights illuminating the outdoors.

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Pictures courtesy of Janie Gore, Jaine's World

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Comments on "Patriotic decor: Show your red, white, and blue"

Tracy May 28, 2012 | 8:01 PM

What a festive idea for such a low key holiday!!! While it's often known that people tend to forget how crucial this holiday is compared to the 4th of July, I think this would be a great way for people to remember what this day is all about. I absolutely love the lanterns & idea using old jelly jars for outdoor lighting. I come from a family that loves to hold bbqs in the backyard and guests over as much as possible. This would be a good way to not only save money during this weekend, but also avoiding the traffic and whatnot when traveling. This sounds like the perfect way to relax during an important holiday without too much of a cost. I love how creative they were with the color contrasting by getting a plain red and white checkered tablecloth with blue colored dishes so it won't off set the patriot theme! I really love the fact that it looks like so much effort was put into this party planning when in reality it was just a few tweaks here and there to bring it all together!

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