Show Off Your Independence Day Spirit With These Festive Decorating Ideas

Set the stage for your Fourth of July fete with patriotic pops of color, tasteful trimmings, and a stars-and-stripes-inspired spread. 

Make an Entrance

Offer guests a patriotic welcome. Line your front porch with tricolor blooms in colorful pots, buckets or crates. Geraniums, lobelias, pansies and petunias are all pretty options. Continue the red-carpet treatment with an elegant Fourth of July wreath. A quick Pinterest search yields plenty of fun DIY creations, including wreaths fashioned from burlap ribbon, bandanas and painted clothespins.

Festive Festoons

Well-placed garlands, lanterns and lights liven up any space, indoors or out. Festoon a fireplace mantel and serving stations with stars-and-stripes burlap bunting, hang paper stars or medallions from ceilings, string colorful lights from patio umbrellas, and adorn front-yard fences with swags of red, white and blue. 

Simplified Settings

Clean, classic table settings balance the other visual fireworks. Top dining tables with navy-blue tablecloths and effortless centerpieces composed of white peonies or hydrangeas tucked inside mason jars. Set a serving station with stacks of white or off-white plates, red-cloth napkins and some utensils stashed in easy-access mason jars. Place boxes of sparklers on top of the napkins and secure with burlap or grosgrain ribbon as party favors.

Not-so-Basic Bites

For a casual, help-yourself meal, set up no-fuss food stations. Outfit a hot dog and burger bar with buns and toppings (bonus points for foodie faves like pretzel buns, pickled jalapeños and bacon crumbles); stock a beverage bar with refreshing, ice-cold sips for kids and adults; and satisfy guests’ sweets cravings with a red-white-and-blue candy-and-cupcakes dessert station.

Can’t Get Enough Red, White and Blue? 

Add some Fourth of July-inspired color to your kitchen with Delta’s Fuse collection. Available in Chili Pepper, Snowflake White or Stainless and Cracked Pepper, the contemporary-style faucets are attractive and functional, thanks to a durable leak-free valve and a stay-put pull-down wand.