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3 Simple Steps to Having an Amazing Fourth of July

Aug 18, 2007
It's that time of the year again when red, white, and blue rule as far as the eye can see. You could still hang on to this color scheme as you jump outside the box and think a little harder. The choice here would be between the usual knick knacks for the sake of sticking to the tricolor decor, or a spirited endeavor that would go to make your Independence Day one to remember for a long time.

Colonial Decorating Ideas

After you have hung the flag and put up the traditional red, white, and blue accessories, raid the attic for any antique items that may resemble this period in history. Drag out old barnyard or wicker furniture from storage and arrange them on the patio from where you get a good view of Old Glory.

Find old objects such as pictures, frames, lamps, musical instruments, convex mirrors, candle holders, anything pewter, and any old thing which doesn't scream 21st century.

You could also scout around in the flea markets, garage sales, and dime stores well in advance to make an amazing collection. Pictures of colonial themes or of your favorite founding father would take your room right back to the 18th century.

Get Everyone Involved

Take it all back to when it really happened. You'll be doing the kids a huge favor as well as giving them a valuable lesson in history by re-creating the era of our Independence Day. The idea is to have fun and make history cool!

Deck the kids in period costumes; a huge frilly apron and a cute bonnet for the little girls, and purhaps breeches, a waistcoat and tricorn cap for the boys. Turn off all electronics, and light candles and lamps. You could, of course, leave the music on, but play music of the period, which you'll find at most music stores.

Party Like It's 1776

If you're having a party, let your guests know the dress code well in advance. Along with your regular party menu, serve some colonial fare such as chicken, mashed sweet potatoes and a stew that includes pork, sweet corn and cabbage, or other vegetables that are available. A suitable dinner table topic would be whether there really is a treasure map behind the Declaration of Independence. :o)

After the crowd is gone and the fireworks are over, curl up and watch an all-American period movie. Gone With The Wind, anyone?
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