Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

Weekly Spotlight: Celebrating Memorial Day with Red, White and Blue

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

My Home Sweet Home SignIf you haven’t already, take out your American flag and patriotic décor and fill your home with the colors of our great nation for Memorial Day, and, may we suggest, for the entire year.

If you are looking for some styling tips, here is some advice for decorating with five of our newest red, white and blue home accents.

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We love rustic signs, especially when they portray the American flag so beautifully. My Home Sweet Home Sign (Made in the USA) expresses both your love for your home and for the United States with the country red stripes and deep blue backdrop for all fifty stars. Display over a console table in an entryway among red, white and blue décor, or hang above a mantel or in a family room all year long.

Americana US Flag TaperSammy & Betsy Patriotic SculpturesCandles add charm to any space or decorative arrangement, and this US Flag Taper (Made in the USA) adds Americana charm as well as accent lighting to a window, centerpiece or in a patriotic display. More styles are available for mixing and matching, and their waxy exteriors offer the look of a real candle.

Also on the list of charmers are Sammy & Betsy, a patriotic pair decked out in red, white and blue. These collectibles look great on an end table or mantel, and you can add them to an Americana centerpiece for personable appeal while you entertain around them.

Daisies and Roses WreathAmerican Flag Geraniums Hooked Wool PillowGeraniums often adorn summer home accents, and on our American Flag Geraniums Hooked Wool Pillow they are planted in an American flag flower pot. A red scalloped border frames the imagery, surrounded by beautiful blue hooked wool. We recommend putting this pillow front and center on an entryway bench or in a rustic chair in a hallway so your Memorial Day and summertime guests can admire it with ease.

Daisies and roses round out our list, as part of a wreath that is perfect for any time of the year, but its red, white and blue hues also makes it perfect for patriotic decorating. Hang on your front door or above a mantel to draw attention to its charming blooms and blue buds that are ideal complements to your Americana home accents.

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Lemonade and Cranberry Refreshers

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

With Memorial Day celebrations going on this weekend and the official start to summer just around the corner, you’re going to need a refreshing beverage to complement all of the homemade food you’re sure to eat at barbecues, weekend brunch and summer parties. We have found two perfect recipes that are the best of both worlds: simple to make and absolutely delicious! You can add both to your favorite liquor or combine with a sangria recipe for a little extra kick, too.

Glass Beverage Decanter

Classic Lemonade

What you’ll need:

  • 5 lemons
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 quarts water

Directions:

  1. Peel the lemon rinds from all lemons and cut the rinds into 1/2-inch slices. Set the lemons aside.
  2. Place the rinds into a large bowl and sprinkle all of the sugar over them – do not stir or mix. Let stand for one hour.
  3. In a covered saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds and let cool for about 20 minutes. Remove the rinds and discard.
  4. In a medium bowl, squeeze the lemon juice from the set aside lemons (step 1). Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture, stir well. Pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator. Serve in a glass over ice.

Cranberry-Pomegranate Cooler

What you’ll need:

  • CranberriesCubed ice
  • 32 fluid oz. cranberry-pomegranate juice
  • 8 fluid oz. sparkling water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup cranberries

Directions:

  1. Fill a pitcher or punch bowl about 1/3 full of ice. Add cranberry-pomegranate juice and top with sparkling water.
  2. Cut up lime in thin slices, add to pitcher/punch bowl. Pour in cranberries, stir and serve!

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Thursday’s Theme: Memorial Day

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

CC Image courtesy of Flickr user Jim BrickettMemorial Day decor is all about – you guessed it – Americana themes. As you acknowledge the sacrifices made by generations of Veterans during celebrations with your family and friends, surround yourself with all things red, white, and blue. Combine homemade decorations with statement decor for a full, spirited look around your home, and don’t be afraid to keep the more “permanent decor” in your house all year long; chances are those Americana-themed items will complement any room.

Here are a couple of simple ways to decorate for Memorial Day, and some ideas on how to incorporate the pride of the USA into your home all year long.

Flowers
Whether they are in the garden or inside your home, flowers offer versatile and simple options for decorating (no matter the occasion). For Memorial Day, choose flowers in the red, white, and blue color schemes for bright, patriotic spirit. Flowers like daisies, roses, and morning glories are great options, and check with a florist for others to create the optimal bouquet or arrangement. For more permanent decor, opt for faux arrangements in a wreath or garland – these require the lowest maintenance and you can put them on display whenever you are feeling floral, no matter the time of year.

Americana Pillows

Pillows
A staple in any home, a comfortable and decorative pillow can set or complement the mood of any room. Patriotic colors and symbols offer great Memorial Day style, as well as year-round style for any home. Mix and match with your personal favorites, or switch them out throughout the year for more seasonally-directed designs. 

Banners and PrintablesUSA Banner
Finally, it can be fun to create your own decoratives, and any handmade banners or decor can be used many times, or just once to give your yearly decorating some variety. You can make a USA banner or red, white, and blue emblem with simple craft supplies; use ribbon, paper, and a little sparkle to dress up any outdoor or indoor celebratory space. There are also a variety of printable decorations and imagery on blogs and in magazines that can be hung up or placed in picture frames to create a holistic patriotic theme throughout your home. If you would rather go the craft-store route and purchase already-made banners and posters, add a personal touch to it, like a sprinkle of glitter or star scrapbook stickers for ultimate style.

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