Evergreen Tips - July 4
Summer has arrived, and nothing says “summertime” like the Fourth of July! I have visions of “Old Glory” flying from porch posts and children running about waving sparklers.
On July 4th, I believe there cannot be too many flags on display! Personally, I love the look of flags in galvanized pails sitting about. The flags do need to be anchored in something like gravel or sand to keep them upright.
Another attractive display for you homeowners with picket fences is to take panels or strips of material and weave it through the pickets. You need to tack the material every couple pickets on the back side to keep the “garland” in place. You can use just red material or a strip of red and a strip of blue to create two distinct bands of color. The bands of color are usually more effective if the bands are not too narrow: 9 inches by 12 inches would not be too wide in my opinion. You could even use material that mimics our flag if you find that pleasing.
Most of us will be involved in a backyard barbeque or two over the holiday. Tabletops are easy to decorate for our country’s birthday.
In this picture, I have layered both red dishes and white dishes upon my “patriotic” tablecloth. A few flags strategically placed turned my candelabra into a flag centerpiece.
Another option would be to alternate red, white, and blue votives. You could also tie small ribbons on the arms of the candelabra (being careful not to get too close to any of the candle flames!).
Even if you don’t have “patriotic” linens or dishes, a pot of red geraniums with a few flags carefully positioned amidst the blooms would be a glorious addition to your picnic table.
Focus on the colors of red, white, and blue in as many ways as you can. And what could be more fun and appropriate than a small box of sparklers placed at each place setting tied with a small ribbon? Or place the sparklers in a basket accented with a “patriotic” bow for friends to take and enjoy.
Red, white, and blue is an easy combination of colors to use. You do not have to put away the flags and bunting once July 4th is past. The Independence Day theme is a great theme for the entire summer, and in my next article I will expand on this idea.
Remember to fly our beautiful flag this Fourth of July. Be proud of our nation’s colors and display them boldly.
Susan Gimbel is owner of The Evergreen Co. in uptown Galion. Visit the website, http://www.myevergreencompany.com/ for more store information.