Staying home this summer doesn’t mean there’s no room for fun and celebration. On the contrary, there’s plenty of reasons and occasions to celebrate with your loved ones!
Here are two fun, creative ways you can celebrate this summer season in your backyard:
4th of July Celebration
The scent of backyard BBQs, American flags waving proudly, colorful sparklers, and spectacular fireworks dazzling the night sky—4th of July is an occasion to not only celebrate our preeminent national holiday but also to kick off the summer fun with family and friends. If you are hosting 4th of July festivities at home, it’s time to show off your red, white, and blue spirit with these DIY ideas.
- From the front yard to the back, decorate your home with our national colors, stars, and stripes. For example, here’s a fun Patriotic Clothespin Wreath you can hang on your front door.
- You can make your own patriotic garland by attaching miniature flags or red, white, and blue star cutouts to ribbon or clothesline and hanging it along yard fences, and around doorways and outdoor patios. Here’s a DIY Red, White, and Blue Tassels Garland that’s easy to do!
- Hang white paper lanterns from tree branches or a gazebo. Add your own embellishments to the lanterns, such as sticking on red and blue cutout stars or attaching ribbon streamers to the bottoms.
- Red, white, and blue flowers can make a statement as a centerpiece. For red flowers, you can use red anemone, chrysanthemum, or poppy. For blue, there are blue delphinium, cornflower, or hydrangea. And for white, try one of these lovely blooms: daisy, hibiscus, white anemone, or ranunculus.
- And to hold your beautiful red, white, and blue flowers, make your own American Flag Mason Jars to decorate your tabletops.
- Cover tables with patriotic tablecloths and trim the edges of tables with your DIY star-spangled garland.
- And don’t forget to bring out your red, white, and blue tableware (or go for festive, eco-friendly disposable plates).
Besides the traditional BBQ favorites, complement these savory dishes with tasty, sweet sides and desserts that go with the 4th of July theme.
From a juicy, ripe, red watermelon to a mix of summer’s blue and red berries—raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry—your guests will love the delicious options of fresh fruits.
How about Minted Watermelon Popsicles? Get the recipe here. And who doesn’t love a berry pie? Try these 4th of July pies from Martha Stewart. And if you’re looking for a yummy cocktail, try one of these delicious Independence Day cocktail recipes from Town & Country.
Under-the-Stars Backyard Summer Celebration
When the days are hot, the evenings become a time to get outside and enjoy the refreshing night air. A summer evening outdoors and under the stars can be magical. Consider dining outside: set up a space to eat your meals, have a glass of fine wine, and spend time with your family.
To create the right kind of atmosphere, candles in glass jars around seating areas and dotted on table surfaces create an enchanting ambiance. Globe string lights or lanterns hanging from tree branches enhance the décor and create a magical summertime feel.
Fire pits and other fire features are wonderful on a summer’s night—and wonderful for a nighttime dip in the pool. If you don’t have an outdoor dining area, it’s simple to improvise and create an area.
- Watch the sunset and have a picnic dinner outside by laying out a blanket, maybe some cushions or pillows, and packing your meal in an old-fashioned basket.
- If you have a folding card table and chairs, you can easily create a dining area. Cover with a pretty tablecloth or sheet to make it special. How about candles? That makes for a romantic meal for two!
- Ottomans or a bench are easy to move around and use outdoors. Maybe your kitchen table can even be brought outside?
Get creative about using your backyard or patio so you have your very own summertime getaway that’s comfortable and delightful. Enjoy!