Wednesday, June 30

Stars and Stripes party

Centsational Girl Kate, one of the world's most delightful bloggers, is having a Stars and Stripes party today. Who could resist an invitation from Kate?

stars and stripes party button

Here's how the red, white, and blue is waving at our house.

My mother's dough cabinet is my favorite holiday decorating spot. It's sporting its Independence Day decor right now:

I keep using this chalkboard platter I created from an $0.89 plate from Goodwill, along with candlesticks I spray-painted with Old Faithful (a.k.a. Heirloom White). My little vase is proudly holding a bouquet of miniature flags. And see my cute little barn star propped against the candlesticks? It started life like this:

It was a Dollar Tree Christmas ornament. I wasn't crazy about the snowman, so I worked a little spray paint magic to transform a couple of these into patriotic decor.

Here I've used some buckets I found at Target's One Spot. I think they're intended to hold tealights. I filled two blue ones with red Christmas ornaments. The red one I filled with special July 4 Tootsie Rolls. I confess that I am a sucker for Tootsie Rolls.

Another of my favorite spots to decorate is our little screened-in porch. It contains some cheerful blue and red decor at all times, so I just amp it up a little for July 4.

The table is decorated with an old red tablecloth folded into a runner, then strewn with some ribbons from my stash. The blue pitcher works well with the red runner. I added a little flag to the daisies.

These plates are on my side table most of the year; aren't they fun? They were clearance finds at Pier One. I've added an old Teddy Bear from our attic stash. He's seated on a little bench I found last year at Target's One Spot. He's holding yet another miniature Old Glory and his bench props another Dollar Tree star.

Look closely and you'll see an ashtray and cigar cutter and lighter, all waiting for Dad to smoke a celebratory cigar. As much as I hate cigarettes, I just love cigars. My husband smokes one every now and again, and I love their aroma--as long as it's outside.

Visit Censational Girl to see lots of fun patriotic decor. Thank you, Kate, for getting us all together. A happy Independence Day to all!


  1. I love the makeover on the snowman star, and your outdoor living area is just plain awesome! I like the table runner. :)

  2. How festive! It looks great & I am LOVING the made over Christmas ornament! :-)

  3. it all looks great!! usually i am all decked out in red,white & blue for the 4th, but for some reason this year everything is animal print :)

  4. Your home looks lovely, and I chuckled because I feel the same way about cigars! They remind me of holidays at my grandparents home-Happy 4th!

  5. Everything looks so nice! Your porch looks like the perfect place for summer dinners and relaxing.

  6. Hi Richella, I love your 4th decorations, and your porch, how I wish I had something like that, I love the trees around it. I hardly ever decorate around the house unless it's for Fall or Christmas, but it's always nice to see others that do ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs Denise

  7. I love the chalkboard plate and your screened in porch! Everything is so festive! Happy 4th! :)

  8. it's all so inviting. great use of the snowman star, too.

    three cheers for the red, white & blue!

  9. How pretty! I love that you painted that star...I need to look for some of those this year!

  10. LOVE it!!
    At the risk of sounding stalkerish, I totally want to come hang out on that beautiful backporch (especially on a pleasantly cool day like today in NC)

  11. I love those plates and everything looks so 4thy festive! We're seriously lacking in the festive department this year so I'm LOVING looking at everyone else's creativity this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

    I hope you'll stop by for a visit and see my Anthropologie inspired Americana tablecloth.

  13. I love your backporch! Gorgeous. I know this post wasn't about that but I just love it. Have a great weekend.

  14. How festive! I love using the holiday star for the Fourth -- DUH! I haven't even thought to do that! Love it all Richella!

  15. So fantastic Richella ! I love it all. Have you received your lavender yet ? I sent it out this week, I hope you get it before the Fourth ! Have a great weekend !


  16. You are so smart to be thinking of the 4th of July at Christmas! I especially love the table with the plates. Yay for the red, white, and blue!


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