My 4th of July Decorations

I am starting the July 4th weekend today and before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations with you to wish you a happy 4th.

4th of july decorations for doors

Family is coming and I have lots to prepare.

Instead of flying our usual American flag this year
I had to change things up a bit.  The bushes on either side of the door have gotten too tall and the flag gets stuck and doesn’t blow freely.  So to take its place, I put Styrofoam in a flat basket that I bought at JoAnn Fabrics last year and wedged 3 smaller flags into the foam.    I can’t use the usual wreath hanger to hang it since I added a new door knocker.

To hang it I used one of the tricks I used when I worked in retail display. I used clear fishing line to attach it to the door. It is wrapped around the door knocker. If you look closely you can see it. From the street it is invisible.

Summer Entertaining Ideas Wicker Cake Stand for the 4th of july

I will be bringing out this summery cake plate I made last year. It costs  $1.25 to make.  Dollar Store Cake Stand

4th of July Buffet table settings for entertaining

To keep backyard entertaining easy – I tied plastic utensils and napkins to paper plates.  Makes it easy for guests in a buffet line to get everything they need to eat at once.



And last but not least – I shared how I put together a party fast along with some…

Free-Printable-Party-labels-for-Trash-Recycling-Beer-Wine-Soda-and-water…ready made labels for your party coolers and trash cans this summer. You can download them in this post:  Quick Entertaining Ideas – Are You Party Ready?

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  1. Oh, I hope the “company” was your girls and you-know-who!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ellen – I wish you-know-who could be here more often. :-) We had Ed’s best friend for the 4th weekend. His wife died of breast cancer a few years ago and we always tell him, he can come anytime – he is like family.

  2. Don’t know how I’ve been missing you! Hurray to catch up.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ellen – Happy to read that you are catching up after missing some posts. Do you subscribe? If so are the emails reaching you. I have had a few readers tell me recently that a few months ago, my posts were going to the SPAM folder when they never did before. Just wondering if this has happened to you?

  3. It was a really Happy 4th of July for you, eh. I’m totally digging your patriotic decor. Simple yet beautiful. It reminds me of my mom’s New Jersey home.

  4. What is calcium carbonate and where can I get it? A friend is helping me refinish an old doll cradle with attached chair for a little girl to sit and rock her baby.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Pat – I buy the NOW brand that is sold at the health food store. You can also buy it on Amazon. Here is a link to it so you can see what the jar looks like. Make sure to get the powder not the tablets. Now Brand Calcium Carbonate Powder

  5. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Diane, the small flags are just perfect. And oh my, everything you do is so wonderful. I wish I had your energy.

    When you get some time after your company is gone…… can you come up with and idea for my door? It is a plain old door, but with a decorative glass oval and I just never like anything I put on it…… I have the hanger, but it just doesn’t do it with that glass oval. It came with the house and I can’t afford to change it. Although I have been trying to get it painted white……. so far just the white primer….. and I did paint my stoop…… It is low and not what I would call an actual step, and might be just me and my southern heritage that wants to call it a stoop… lol.

    No camera or I would send a picture of it.

  6. Sherri S. says:

    I like it. It is simple yet pretty :-)


  7. Love the way the door looks! But the wind blows so hard here, I’m afraid I’d have to find some other way to secure it.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sharon –

      I normally would use a metal wreath hanger that goes over the top of the door. They sell them at craft stores. I paint mine the color of the door so you don’t see it. With my new door knocker, I can no longer use it. It holds things well in windy conditions.