OK, let’s be real here, decorating anything with a tricolor theme that’s tied to patriotism is inherently going to be a little dorky. But if you’re hosting a gathering for the Fourth of July weekend, it is possible to make your space a little more festive without making it look like a Michaels store gone wrong. (Because we all know how easy that is.)
We’ve rounded up 11 Independence Day ideas that are on the simple, chic end of the party decor spectrum, which is the best and only way to go this Fourth of July as far as we’re concerned.
From pretty floral arrangements and twinkly lights for your backyard that’ll really set the tone to patriotic balloons (that are far from gaudy) and crafty Mason jars to hold all your cutlery, these Fourth of July ideas will give you major patriotic decor inspiration — and will truly impress all your guests.
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A version of this article was originally published on StyleCaster in June 2017.