Hello, July! We love that the 4th is here, because mostly it means summer is REALLYyyyy here, wouldnt you agree! Long, warm, sunny nights that feel endless, twinkling lights, sunscreen, well, you name it. For fourth of July, it’s tons of fun to plan big days with friends and family, but what about everyone else? you know. the people who work that day, or the day after and may not necessarily leave home this year. Or those who dont want to leave their pets behind you (believe me, I’m with ya! I never stay out late when it comes to fireworks). Or what about broke people, who just redid their pool and patio and have zero dollars to set up a big to-do this year.. (oh, wait that’s us, aint it?) Well, lucky for all of us, I got you covered.
How about a nice, loung-y, comfy, relaxing set up in your own backyard ( patio, porch or balcony) where you can enjoy the fireworks and experience the night? Despite the fact that we haven’t laid our furniture back out, I wanted to do things simpler this year. I also figured there would be a few neighbors starting their fireworks earlier in the weekend, this made so much sense.
Picture being at beach at night on the 4th, what should you have that won’t break the bank? Towels, to start with! My husband got these vintage and patriotic beauties at Costco a few years ago. They’re sturdy and guess what? They can be interchanged and used for other patriotic holidays. You can’t have towels without pillows though! I dare you to bring your indoor pillows outside! C’mon just for the night, it’ll be fun. Even my fuzzy ones from Christmas came to play.
Up next, FOOD! And this is yet opportunity to incorporate the colors of the spirit without over spending, or aimlessly. Chances are you’ll want to much on something or other while watching fireworks or spending time with good company. I used fruits like blueberries and strawberries displayed in mostly my white plates and platters to finish the look.
I had different set ups in different spots so that, well, I wouldn’t look like a food hog. #sorrynotsorry. And of course, I was short on platters. Seriously, if you have one in every color, I admire you, I can’t. I turned my creative juice on, and used some of my cooking books by splitting them, like so. Sounds crazy, but they really got the job done nicely and it allowed me not to spend a penny more, on a platter that I won’t really use much. They’re very stable and with the right pillow or pouf, they’ll keep their balance. A patriotic towel makes more sense. YOu’re welcome. I (not me, my husband, i lie) bought the cheapest flowers at the store because that’s a little touch of pizzazz you can’t do without. Use what you have, enough faux florals are good for this one!
Foil balloons are so in and adorable at the moment, i couldn’t resist a few of those. I got 3 stars foil balloons at the dollar store and they were a great little touch to look at. Exept for the part where they didnt stop flopping like crazy and refused to stand still for one single picture. I would do it all over again if i could. (nope, not doing flopping balloons in this lifetime). Haha, I kid, but it was a tad bit annoying. Ill have you know they’re hanging tight in the kitchen counter and they have their shit together now.
Alongside the pillows, came one of my indoor moroccan ottomans, and a few outdoor lanterns. You can’t skimp out on the ambiance, now can you? 2 glasses of rose (and the bottle behind the camera to the bottom left), or anything else you have on hand and it’s on! Suddenly, you go from having no plans to have the smartest plans on the planet. Pat yourself on the back for this one. Its fun, romantic, inexpensive and safe.
Happy Independence Day, friends!