By Debbe Daley
What better way is there to celebrate America's independence than to enjoy friends and family?
Cookouts, parties, spending time at the oceanside or camping in the mountains are privileges we should not take for granted. We have the freedom to enjoy whatever pasttime that makes us the happiest.
As an American, I feel fortunate to be able to share my creative thoughts, views and to have a voice whereas other countries till suffer in war fighting for independence and freedom. I feel privileged to take advantage of my creative freedom and to share some Fourth of July decorating with my fellow Americans.
Most of us will be spending time outside enjoying the fireworks at the end of the day.
To create a tablecloth to cover your picnic table or buffet food table during the cookout, stitch together red, white and blue bandanas.
The red and white check tablecloth is a traditional standby that will add life to any table setting. Add some flair by using colored plastic or paper dishes layered in white and blue. Top the setting with a red bandana that can also be used as a napkin with a blue or white napkin holder. Add blue drinking glasses to your table for contrast.
Present guests with their eating utensils all wrapped up in a mason jar: Stuff a mason jar with a red, white or a blue bandana to be used as a napkin. Leave the edges hanging out of the top of the jar and place silverware in the center of the bandana. The mason jar will also serve as the drinking glass.
For a fun and creative way to serve Kool-Aid or juice, add a red beverage to small glass milk or juice bottles. Add blue and white straws to create a color-appropriate drink that will surely spark conversation.
To welcome guests to your home, create a burlap or grapevine wreath for the entry door.
Lastly, for something that guests can walk away with, add a simple red geranium to a mason jar at each setting or as a centerpiece.
Happy July Fourth!
Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs. lowellsun.com/daleydecor. She also blogs at debbedaleydesigns llc.blogspot.com.