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The calendar only just flipped to June, but I’m already in a flag-waving, fireworks and sparklers, red-white-and-blue mood.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

Cue the trumpet, trombone and drums, and let’s all stand for the national anthem:

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

To me, nothing says summer quite like Americana.

Elements of Summer Tour

So, for this week’s Elements of Summer Tour, sponsored by All Things Home and featuring projects by 35 bloggers, I’m sharing scenes from my patriotic front porch and lots of Fourth of July party ideas, decorations, recipes and crafts.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

Stay tuned all this month for a red-white-and-blue extravaganza as I share step-by-step tutorials and recipes for many of the projects you see here.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

My parents came over on Memorial Day for a cookout, and the weather was so nice, we decided to eat outside. I decked out the front porch in red-white-and-blue for the occasion. And I love that these decorations will take me through July 4th!

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

We dined on paper plates, befitting a meal of falling-off-the-bone ribs (recipe coming soon!), homemade summer potato salad and baked beans.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

For dessert, fresh strawberries and blueberries, plus a selection of iced cookies and red punch (because I wasn’t patient enough to make layered red-white-and-blue punch).

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

Be sure to check back next week for the recipe for these delicious iced cookies.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

I used a bouquet of vintage flags as our centerpiece. (Here’s how I made them next week, too!)

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

The metal bench got a makeover: an old quilt fashioned as a seat cover and a few new pillows that I actually sewed myself. (You can see how I made the American flag pillow here.)

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

I told you my back porch makeover project had inspired me to try my hand at sewing!

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

These sand-filled mason jars were a fun family craft project, and they also make perfect candle holders. (Click here for the tutorial.)

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

I  made a new wreath for the front door and hauled out an assortment of red-white-and-blue accessories, including this bandana-style tablecloth, an antique store find several years ago.

Aside from a few paper goods from the dollar store, I pulled all these Fourth of July party ideas and decorations together using items I already owned, most of them bought at yard sales, thrift stores or clearance sales.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations

As I mentioned, I got pretty crafty, too, in pulling this party and color scheme together. I even painted a table and chairs for the occasion!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of my patriotic summer front porch.

Patriotic Fourth of July Party Ideas, Recipes and Decorations



I’d love for you to pin my ideas!

Now, be sure to check out all the other participants in the Elements of Summer tour.

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Comments

  1. How perfect, Amy! I just love your patriotic front porch all decked out for July 4th. So many inspiring projects. I love the way that you added a swag to your beverage station. Makes that cute little table stand out so much. Can wait for those recipes!

  2. Oh my word, so perfect. I love your tablecloth, and your setting is fantastic. Great inspiration.

  3. I love the red, white and blue color scheme! I can not wait for the 4th of July!!! :)

  4. I’m in love with your fun patriotic decorations and can’t wait to read your tutorials in the coming weeks. I’m not sure what decoration I like best. I hope you enjoy many pleasant evenings outside enjoying this area over the summer.

  5. Amy, It looks like a party shop exploded on your porch! I really like the sand filled mason jars. Great ideas.
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  6. This looks FABULOUS Amy! I love that it is on a porch and all the fun details. This makes me look forward to summer all the more!

  7. love it all. did you make the tablecloth?

  8. This is awesome! I’m just getting ready to decorate for the 4th and you have lots of wonderful ideas here! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. This is just gorgeous. How on earth do you have time to be so creative?

  10. I really like the white flag pillow!

  11. Absolutely beautiful! Every project was wonderful. I wanted to jump up, put my hand over my heart and recite the pledge. Wait – I think I’ll do that right now.

  12. Very festive!!! Love the layered sand jars…those are great!

    Nancy
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  13. I love all of your cute ideas! What a perfect 4th of July party! I can’t wait to see the tutorial for the layered sand candle holder!

  14. I love these ideas!! I especially love those pillow covers!
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  15. This is so great! There’s nothing better in my mind than an Americana porch for summer. I love all your details. And you officially have me wanting a flag pillow now.

  16. Oh I just LOVE your patriotic porch Amy!! Wish I could come hang out there and watch the fireworks with you! ;-)

  17. What a salute to Old Glory! LOVE the way every detail is so patriotic. Those mason jars filled with colored sand are fabulous and fun! You went all out for this patriotic porch celebration! Pinning!

  18. Its lovely and creative and makes me smile.Hugs P.S. I invite you to share at my hop tomorrow.

  19. Love the All-American Summer time vibe you created Amy!
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  20. So, what time should we arrive for the party? How about if I try my hand at that layered punch idea …

    So fund and festive and I just adore each and every pillow — and the mason jar sand art, of course!

    :) Linda

  21. Love, love, love Amy, so lovely (and you know I like some patriotic decor!)

  22. I love patriotic Americana decor….I was born waving a flag! (not really but I would like to think I was). Your decor is amazing….love it!

  23. So festive! I love that flag pillow!!

  24. This is awesome! I love all these ideas–you’ve created quite a patriotic tableau!! The multi-colored sand in the glass jar looks great–that’s brilliant, I must say. I look forward to reading exactly how you did that. And those flags used as a centerpiece are just the perfect touch. I’ve pinned this to my Independence Day board!

  25. Wow! What beautiful, festive decorations! Can’t wait to see all the tutorials for your cute projects! :)
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  26. Wow this is so festive and beautiful! Love it!

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