I had my own independence day of sorts when I was about eleven or twelve. My friends and I walked to McDonald’s and I ordered a Big Mac. I was raised as a pretty strict vegetarian (mostly vegan) for most of my life. My grandparents would feed me things like tuna patties and open-faced roast beef sandwiches when I was at their house because “vegans are hippies” and “you’ll eat what we make“, but for the most part — no meat. But that day…that day I chose for myself. And it was tasty. Oh, my goodness it was tasty!
These days we eat a little meat, though not much, and opt for more traditional celebrations of our American Independence. I have a complete fondness for red, white, and blue. I get a little teary when I see buntings on Colonial houses and never miss the fireworks.
And this year we’re decorating our new place for a big family gathering on the fourth. I can’t wait! Here are a few of the more “practical”, doable 4th of July crafts, decor, and outfits I’m loving.
Rustic Pallet Flag I’m not normally a flag person, but I really love this rustic flag made from an old pallet. And this would be really great on the side of the shed year round!
Hand Sewn Flags These primitive hand sewn flags scream Americana to me. Don’t you love them?
Via Missouri Star Quilt Company
Stars Lawn Decoration I’ve been crazy about this one since I first saw it on Pinterest last year. This year we’re really doing it! Would be fun for an outdoor movie or birthday party, too.
Decoupaged Trays Use your favorite fabrics to create the perfect serving trays to use all year long!
Via Martha Stewart
Simple Ribbon Banners Have 5 minutes? Then you can decorate your 4th of July BBQ with these simple, but striking, ribbon wind socks.
Scrappy Flag Tshirt Raid your fabric stash, or tshirt yarn, to create these adorable 4th of July tshirts for girls and boys. How adorable would these be for a family photo??
Vintage 4th All Planned Out! Want to hire a party planner to get it all ready for you? You’ll feel like you did if you use this collection of 10 vintage 4th of July printables. Adorable, completely adorable. And so easy!
Via Lia Griffith
Layered Family-friendly Drinks These are so pretty! Almost too pretty to drink! But I’ll bet the kids will love them.
Don’t these just make you want to deck everything out in stars and stripes?! You might also check out our Perfect Summer BBQ post for some great crossover ideas for recipes, decor, and outdoor games!
So, what about you? Do you have a moment that marks your independence? We’d love to hear about it!