4th of July in elegant country style: 5 favorite things

Say you have never been able to do much with the 4th of July decorating schemes that are readily available, or say you didn’t grow up celebrating this particular holiday (even though your mother celebrated every little thing, this was not something she took much notice of). But say you now live in a town that is known for two things, and one of them is the 4th of July. Why not embrace it all, and find a way to make it your own?

Here are a few things that have caught my eye over the years that I thought might be worth sharing with you in case you have had similar feelings. Or perhaps one might just strike a chord of creativity and get you in the spirit.

  1. Blue and white stripes: One way to create a festive look is to dress up a table with a tablecloth or even a piece of fabric. In fact, it doesn’t have to be the table you are dining on or serving food from. I love how this foyer area sets the stage for the day without being too cliché. This fabric is from Cabbage and Roses but you can find some that you like anywhere or you might have some remnants stashed away that would work well.
  2. Queen Anne’s Lace and daisies: Nothing says summer, in my mind, more than daisies and Queen Anne’s Lace. The combination of these two wild, weedy flowers casually arranged in a fancy container, like this silver vase, elevates the look just enough, and the tone on tone impact is subtle and elegant. Even if you are serving hamburgers and hotdogs like I am, I think this would be a lovely accent.
  3. Champagne and Strawberries: As I said, we are all about parades and cookouts around here on the 4th, but I’ve always wanted to have champagne and strawberries. Don’t you think it’s a great summery way to celebrate? Maybe pack a little picnic for the fire works? Or set up a small table with some prosecco and a bowl of strawberries for an unexpected aperitif and a touch of sophistication.
  4. A Scarf: I’m all about hats and especially straw hats in summer. And yet, these days I am drawn to scarves as a chic way to pull hair back and add a bit of glamour to your day. Especially a holiday. I like this simple headband look with the red cotton skirt and huarache sandals. Lately I’ve spotted more of these skinny scarves, like this one from Anthropologie and this one from Madewell.
  5. A Game of Badminton: Old school lawn games seem to be making a comeback. Perhaps we need a break from corn hole? Badminton is easy and fun for all ages, and has the perfect vibe for the 4th of July. You might even have a badminton set in your basement or garage waiting to be dusted off, pulled out, and set up.

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!

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