When I was little this porch was a deck.
I spent a Fourth of July walking around on it dressed up as Betsy Ross.
I would give my right arm and one of my molars if I could show you a picture.
It was amazing.
That year we celebrated the Fourth here at the Cape and I was in the local parade pulling Molly Pitcher in a red wagon and dressed in a long turn-of-the-century styled gray gown with ruffles and a mob cap and an attitude.
At the risk of stating the obvious….
…I’m pretty sure I was waving a flag.
And I spent the parade telling anyone who would listen that I invented it.
So today, on the porch where my American history lesson started, I’m sharing a few simple and easy porch decorating ideas with my sweet friend Leslie from My 100-year-old Home.
It’s all about easy summer celebrating.
One star and one stripe at a time. 🙂
Maybe it was all those summers spent on the Cape and celebrating the Fourth at the heart of where it all happened.
Maybe it was the fireworks over the ocean and that long ago parade and the streamers and the wheelbarrow races and the fifty-yard dash.
Or maybe it was Betsy and her flag.
Whatever, however, whyever.
I love the Fourth of July.
So yesterday I took a trip to the shopping mecca that is the Christmas Tree Shop with the windmill.
If you have ever been to the Cape you know what I’m talking about.
Every year I wave to it from the Sagamore Bridge and after the ocean?
It’s my first stop.
Especially when the Fourth of July is just around the corner.
So here are a few simple, easy, no-stress red, white and blue decorating ideas from my mob-cab to you.
1. Centerpiece lantern with flowers
Here’s an easy tip for a centerpiece. This is actually a candle lantern that came from The Christmas Tree Shop years ago. I took out the center and added a tall glass vase.
Then I filled the vase with flowers.
The flowers are from the local grocery store and I added ivy from the yard.
(total aside: you can always stretch a grocery store arrangement with greenery from the yard.)
2. Add pillows
I know this is so Captain Obvious.
But if you have any height-challenged people in your life?
They will thank you.
I am five feet tall and my feet can’t reach the floor in a lot of chairs.
But with a pillow? I’m a supermodel.
Especially a cute Fourth of July pillow like this one.
3. Use dishtowels as napkins
This is my GO-TO.
If you aren’t doing this—please add it to your to-do list.
So many times they are cheaper than napkins.
These napkins come in a set of four and are so much bigger and sturdier (and wash up so much better) than napkins. We keep these in a bucket in the kitchen and use them for everything.
4. Fourth of July plates
If you have a Christmas Tree Shop in your life?
I found these there for only $3.99.
If not, I found these kind of similar plates on Amazon here.
They also had this cute paper plate option and these napkins.
6. Placemats and seat covers
I’m going to show this later, but I made these placemats into seat covers.
You can find the placemats here at Walmart for only $2.00.
They are worth every penny and look SO much more expensive than that.
You can thread a red and white checked ribbon through the edges and tie them onto the chairs.
If you are looking for a little dessert to go with your placemats?
Here’s one of my favorites and it’s SO EASY. You can make it ahead and refrigerate it.
You can see how to put it together here.
And this Fourth of July Apple Pie.
I made it using my favorite pie crust.
You can see the recipe here.
If you are looking for me on the Fourth of July?
You’ll find me waving my flag.
But this time? I’m not pulling Molly Pitcher in the wagon.
Even if she asks nicely. 🙂
PS Be sure and stop by Leslie’s.
I’m waving flags, but she is making pizza on the porch.
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