Happy Birthday, America! With the holiday weekend approaching, you may be hosting a backyard barbecue or a patriotic party honoring the land of the free. This Fourth of July, rethink traditional stars and stripes and consider these fresh and frugal ideas for your Independence Day soiree.

Instead of buying disposable, star-spangled décor, create patriotic vignettes with what you already have. Stick to holiday hues, but let your creative freedom ring when it comes to shades, textures, and patterns. Arranging red, white and blue items together will evoke festive flair without the need for wasteful plastic or cheap ornaments.

Everyday throw pillows, blankets and rugs gathered in patriotic colors can define festive areas for your party. Use nautical elements, stripes, and different shades of red and blue to create a personal but appropriate setting.

Don’t hesitate to include shapes and patterns other than stars and stripes! Mix subtle textures with bold patterns for an effortlessly chic look.

Use several shades of red, white and blue throughout the tablescape. White vases with red and blue flowers will also complement the theme.

There’s no need to buy disposable plastic utensils that will inevitably end up in a landfill. Get creative with ways to dress up everyday silverware for an eco-friendly celebration.

Let nature provide festive color for your dining table! Use strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in your desserts and drinks to easily bring patriotic hues to the menu. Starfruit is an aesthetically appropriate fruit choice, as are cherries, red apples, and grapes.

Why not try something new this Independence Day? Suprise your guests with Goat Cheese Cheesecake favors or Vegan Strawberry Blueberry Tapioca Parfaits.

 

Whatever your plans are for the upcoming holiday, we hope you have a fantastic and safe Fourth of July weekend! Enjoy!

 

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