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While on a road trip through Southern Arizona I spotted this striking flag centerpiece in an antique shop’s window. I was immediately inspired by the majesty of the American Flag without further embellishment. This impressive display gives such a grand feeling, but it is really quite simple to create.

Easy July 4th Flag Centerpieces

To make the Grand Flag Centerpiece will need one glass vase, with about a 3.5-inch opening, and 13, 8×12 flags. I counted the flags I saw in the window display expecting there to be a dozen but discovered there were actually 13 flags, which is very fitting for this patriotic centerpiece — one flag for each of the original 13 colonies in America.

How To Make an Easy July 4th Flag Centerpiece
July 4th Flag Centerpiece Close-up

The secret to the WOW factor of this arrangement is careful placement of each flag in a precise and uniform manner. Insert each flagpole into the vase with the flag dangling outward then pull the tail end of the flag around so it makes a sort of cone shape as shown in the photo below. Repeat with each of the other flags and take care that your sticks are evenly spaced to follow a spiral pattern.

Photography, design and styling by Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry.





Add some spark to your Fourth of July barbecue with these easy-to-create Firecracker Frills.

fourth of july food ideas

fourth of july food ideas

To make the frills you’ll need scissors, colored tissue paper, double-sided tape and a wooden pick in the desired length. Begin by stacking a single layer of red, white and blue tissue paper then cut out a 3×5-inch rectangle.

Fold the stacked paper in half and make multiple cuts along the open edge to create fringe but avoid cutting the folded edge. Apply a line of double-sided tape to the uncut margin then roll up onto your stick.

Fluff the finished frill by spinning it in your hands.

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Photography, design and styling by Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry.





‘Tis the season for block parties, backyard barbecues, and firework fetes! We’ve gathered up some festive invitations, decorations, and details that will add a little red, white, and blue to any summer celebration. Check out these fantastic Fourth of July paper goods.

fourth of july paper goods

1. Stars and Stripes party invitations from Pear Tree Greetings | 2. Stars and Stripes Cupcake Kit from Meri Meri | 3. American Flag Toothpicks from Paper Source | 4. Watermelon Summer BBQ party invitations from Brightside Prints | 5, 6, 7. Red & Blue Star Paper Straws, Red Carnival Stripe Baking Cups, and Royal Blue Polka Dot Baking Cups from Bake It Pretty | 8. Patriotic Patterns party invitations from Tiny Prints | 9. Giddy with Gingham block party invitations from Pear Tree Greetings | 10. Patriotic Starburst Kit from Paper Source | 11. Fireworks party invitations from Brightside Prints

Ideas by Kristen McGee





Happy Fourth of July everyone!





Check it out on RealSimple.com. We put together some fun bike decorating ideas for a Fourth of July party–you can host your own neighborhood parade or invite your friends and their kids over. For a bike basket, attach some simple decorations and these festive flowers. And for something with a little more spark, make your own firecrackers to tie to the back of a bike or your own shiny pom poms (get our firecracker printable at Real Simple).

Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. Graphic design ©One Charming Party.





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