July Fourth is the perfect time to add some red, white and blue style to your life, whether you’re hosting a bash or just adding to your seasonal décor.
Take a spin through Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll see that Americana-themed décor and apparel is hotter than ever for traditionalists and hipsters alike.
And July Fourth is the perfect time to add some red, white and blue style, whether you’re hosting a bash or just adding to your seasonal décor. Here’s how create plenty of fireworks while avoiding the kitsch that can creep into the theme.
Let vibrant serving pieces set the mood, then add pops of contrasting color with textiles and small accents.
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Hand-painted with a special glazing process that reveals tonal variations, Pottery Barn’s Reese Dinnerware (on sale for $40–$108), in striking indigo blue, brightens the table in mix-and-match solids and stripes.
Reminiscent of vintage French kitchen towels, Williams Sonoma’s French Stripe Napkins ($36 for four) add subtle flair in red and white linen. Secure each napkin with a Sur La Table Star Napkin Ring (on sale for $2.50 each), or, for more a more casual look, stack them inside the rustic Sur La Table Wood Napkin Holder (on sale for $12.50).
Chill beverages in a glossy, flag-themed Peanuts Americana Metal Beverage Bucket ($6 at Target). Or serve up drinks in Del Sol Original Mason 16oz Mugs With Lids ($10 for four at Bed Bath & Beyond). Handles and screw-cap lids make for easy transport when the party migrates to the neighborhood parade.
When it’s time for cocktail hour, set out Boston International’s Blue and Red Fabric Stripe Cocktail Napkins ($5.50 for 20 at paperstyle.com), which are on-theme, but timeless. Set the table aglow with Fire and Light Candle Stands ($18 each at Portage Bay Goods, Fremont), hand-poured from recycled glass and available in a rich cobalt blue.
A few well-placed wall hangings and pillows can add just the right amount of Americana. Throw in some cozy indoor/outdoor accessories to finish the look and prep for the party.
Pretty enough to bring inside this fall, Pier 1’s Cabana Stripe Pillow (on sale for $20 at pier1.com) works great on the patio, thanks to its mildew-resistant, UV-treated fabric with stripes on one side and solid color on the reverse.
A fresh take on the classic flag theme, Pottery Barn’s Burlap Stars (on sale for $15.50–$31.50) will add pop to your back porch. Or consider Kustomwood’s Reclaimed Pallet American Flag Hanging Wall Art ($150 at etsy.com/shop/kustomwood). Each piece is one of a kind, hand-built using reclaimed pallet wood.
Planning to cuddle by the fire pit or watch fireworks at the park? Take along the medium weight knit in2green Marine Blue Chevron Eco-Throw ($165 at Nube, Capitol Hill), made entirely from recycled, respun fibers.
For extra seating, the Majestic Home Products Links Cube Ottoman (on sale for $65 at wayfair.com), in navy blue with a modern geometric design, is a stylish addition in mildew- and fade-resistant polyester.
How to look elegant and festive at the same time? Easy. Just add stars and stripes.
For an outdoorsy spin on the classic flag tee, consider Eddie Bauer’s America the Beautiful Graphic T-Shirt (on sale for $20). The stripes of the flag are the outlines of the best-known mountain peaks in the U.S.
Big enough to double as a beach bag or weekender tote, the Baggu Duck Bag in Sailor Stripe ($26 at amazon.com) is made from 100 percent recycled cotton canvas, and will be your go-to bag all summer.
And for a youthful spin on some classic American silhouettes, consider Forever 21’s Striped A-line Dress ($14) in navy/tomato cotton knit, and Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Multi Star High Top Sneakers ($60 at Nordstrom), with graphic stars and contrast stripes on the rubber sole.