Patriotic Party Time & a wonderful give-a-way!

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Patriotic Party Time

It’s Patriotic Party Time and I am excited to have Serenity Health & Home Décor sponsoring this post about creating that great outdoor picnic gathering for your family and friends. Don’t forget to enter the give-a-way at the end of this post! Memorial Day and Fourth of July entertaining can be less work if you plan outside picnic barbecues combining food stations and pot-luck style. Make the main course, such as Mrs. Gordy’s BBQ-ed Chicken and my grandma’s Potato Salad serve as your meal foundation, and have guests add their special side dishes, salads and desserts. Spend a little time coordinating who will bring what and less time in the kitchen! You don’t have to go broke making a themed party! Make your barbecue an event by mixing and matching red, white and blue plates, napkins and table accents. Since they are primary colors, it is easy to find inexpensive paper goods for a speedy clean-up. That way you only need a few specialty plates or napkins with flags or stars. Red carnations and white baby’s breath in blue Mason jars set the mood with easy centerpieces. Tie utensil sets up with twine and pretty white paper doilies. Cover your picnic table with a blue and white striped twin flat sheet that will wash nicely after the party. * Click on the picture below for decorating tips and tried and true barbecue recipes!

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Make your picnic table festive with red, white and blue accents – see my easy tips & recipes by clicking here!

Give Away Prizes

Perfect for your BBQ ~ Enter to win a set of these s’mores / hotdog forks from Serenity Health & Home Décor by leaving a comment at the end of this post.









There’s nothing like an outdoor picnic for minimum fuss and maximum fun. Toast marshmallows, hot dogs and sing around the campfire to have a great time and make happy memories!  Hot dogs with all the fixings are always a popular campfire treat. Prepare a tray with hot dogs, buns and dishes of condiments for everyone to create their own gourmet dog!  Make a s’mores station for a fun hands-on dessert. Load it with lots of variations of candy bars, marshmallows, cookies and graham crackers as well as mini-chocolate chips, chopped nuts, sprinkles and fruits (raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas).  No need to travel, you can make your own outdoor retreat right in your backyard! * Click the picture below to see ours!

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See how to build your own fire pit ~ perfect for an outdoor party! Click the picture to see how we made ours!

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Everyone loves a party! But keep your animals safe ~ they may startle from loud noises such as fireworks, loud music or a noisy crowd.

Don’t forget to get your Red, White and Blue on! A few small American flags, red and white checked fabric, stars and colorful flowers will put your whole place in the patriotic party mood!

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Bright colored pillows get the gazebo dressed for the holiday!

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Our potting sink sporting its patriotic finery makes the yard look party ready!

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Don’t forget your red, white & blue decorations!

















Our give-a-way sponsor, Serenity Health & Home Décor based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, provides thousands of stress-free, relaxation and home decor products. They carry products that truly calm, relax and bring serenity into your life and beautify your home both indoors and out. You will also find true relaxation with their water fountains, bean bag furniture, natural alarm clocks, hammocks, fire pits, wind chimes and spinners.

Give Away Prizes

Win a set of these s’mores / hotdog forks from Serenity Health & Home Décor

To enter the give-a-way for a set of 4 s’more/hotdog forks from Serenity Health & Home Décor (that sell for $39.95), just leave a comment in the comments section below. This give-a-way is open to residents of the continental United States only. Winner will be notified on May 31, 2014 and the prize will be shipped directly from Serenity Health & Home Décor(shipping costs paid by the sponsor).

5/31/14 ~ Congratulations to Mary Pohl, winner in the campfire forks drawing from Serenity Health!

61 Responses so far.

  1. Kayre says:

    Love to celebrate with a theme…Would love the skewers!

  2. Great decoration ideas love the potter’s sink would never thought of that.

  3. Lori Sanders says:

    I love the doily wrapped silverware. Great idea.

  4. Beverly says:

    Love decorating with red, white and blue to honor then celebrate the holidays of summer.

  5. chris aka monkey says:

    i love patriotic decor year round your place looks great xx

  6. Kathy Shearer says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas. Maybe I can use some of them while camping over July 4th. Sure could use the forks!!

  7. Donna Ward says:

    Really patriotic decor. I love it. I have one daughter born on Flag Day and another on July 6, so we appreciate beautiful red, white and blue for their birthdays as well as Memorial Day and July 4! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Bethany Reynolds says:

    Some great ideas for the coming patriotic holidays!

  9. Rebecca says:

    Love the theme decor. Great ideas!

  10. Kathy Haan says:

    Love the patriotic decor!!

  11. Mary T says:

    I love the theme! I’m very patriotic and love all things red, white & Blue!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Love the patriotic theme for summer! And what a fun giveaway!

  13. Judy A Muche says:

    What a cheerful post! Summer will be here real soon and those forks will come in handy. Fingers crossed!

  14. Julie Cutshaw says:

    Oh my time I love your blog. So glad i found you today via home talks web site. Your decorative gardening ideas are so pretty and gives me inspiration. I love the vintage sink filled with planted flowers. thanks for the giveaway too. And now im off to explore your blog more :) have a great summer

  15. Jen Y says:

    We love having bonfires & never have enough forks to go around – would love to win.

  16. Tami says:

    Love the red, white and blue!. These will be great for our camping trip this summer.

  17. Brandi says:

    Love your holiday decor. I would love to win a set of these for our new fire pit.

  18. Doug says:

    Great July 4th decoration ideas!

  19. Birgit says:

    Thanks for a great give-away!

  20. Cindy says:

    I can’t wait to pull out all of my holiday decor and get it out for this weekend! The grandkids would love roasting marshmallows or hotdogs with those forks. Thank you for the give away!

  21. Cindy Schroeder says:

    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful garden ideas.

  22. Anna Ibarra says:

    Oh my what a lovely set – oh and to use it in any of these settings!

  23. Marianne Alexander says:

    Defiantly creating the fire pit idea!

  24. Tina says:

    I never think of skewers or forks until the picnic begins and everyone scrambles to find a substitute! These look great!

  25. janet says:

    Love these ideas! We love roasting hot dogs and making s’mores…could definitely use these!

  26. Denise Leinicke says:

    The grand children have a fire pit in their back yard. I am sure they would put the marshmallow picks to good use!

  27. Alice smith says:

    Great set! Lovely decorations, too!

  28. Judy Campbell says:

    I’m a lover for themed events. The whole pairing of decorations to the skews are just perfect. Would love and enjoy the entire package.

  29. Rhonda Jenkins says:

    So many wonderful ideas…can’t wait for the summer to use them!

  30. Jennifer Dement says:

    I love your décor ideas! Everything looks so festive and party ready! We would love to have the roasting forks for our backyard fire pit. Thanks for the tips:)

  31. Judy Weiss says:

    Love the fire pit! I have so many fond memories as a child of sitting around a fire with my family enjoying the Summer nights.

  32. Alice Bradford says:

    I love the painted wood accents!

  33. I love the rustic country look :)

  34. Brenda Parr says:

    Love the fire pit, going to have to make one for my yard.

  35. Mary Pohl says:

    Gorgeous! I especially love your potting sink!

  36. Nancie says:

    I love the pillows. I plan to make zippered cases for my pillows to the carry the Flag Day and July 4th themes in my home. Thank you. Also, please enter me in the contest for the s’mores forks. They would come in handy down the Cape.

  37. Lori Wesner says:

    Love the flower color combinations!

  38. Kathy Shearer says:

    Having my deck and patio restored. Maybe a July 4th BBQ is in my future. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  39. Joy Meyers says:

    This year I will love giving a big nod to our country as my son is due home from Afghanistan this 4th !

    • Barb says:

      YAY!! Thanks for joining in the give-a-way with all these other folks! I wish you and your son much happiness!

  40. Nanci says:


  41. Jordan Peall says:

    I love the fire pit! !! And I have the same two dogs! Thanks for the idea’s!

  42. Pat Stephens says:

    Always love the red, white and blue for summer holidays. Family is always around and would love these. Thank you for the chance to win.

  43. Martha Franks says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas, Barb! I always look forward to your posts. Love your owls on pinterest! Would love to win these skewers!

  44. Sharon Fischer says:

    Genius ideas. You are fabulous. These ideas are so good and approachable for a variety of skill levels. They.are so inspirational too! Keep up the wonderful work.

  45. Alice smith says:

    Every spot looks so festive and bright! Love it!

  46. I always love a few great ideas for a patriotic picnic! Thanks for the inspiration.

  47. B J Newton says:

    I do love your decorating ideas. I am hoping the person whose son is coming home on the 4th wins the prize!! Although she is getting the best prize if all!!!

  48. Helen says:

    Great ideas! thanks

  49. Pamela Graham says:

    So inspiring! Thanks for the opportunity! Pamie G.

  50. Amber Snyder says:

    Love the sink as a place for potted plants this is so cute. Would love to have the skewers the would be a great addition for us (so to be a newly wed)!!!

  51. Constance says:

    Everything looks so festive! Thank you for all of your great tips! Very kind of you to share your knowledge and talent. I hope you have a great time at your 4th of July clebration after all of your planning and organizing!

  52. Karren McIntire says:

    I love your patriotic decor! My favorite is the firepit! My husband needs to get crackin’ on those instructions that you gave us!! haha

  53. Joann says:

    What a great way to celebrate the summer with kids/ grandkids!

  54. Donna flowers says:

    What great ideaservice you have. Thank you for sharing with everyone.

  55. Nancy says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. I save everything and love the idea of using some of my “treasures” as planters. The dogs are adorable too.

  56. Susan Salzman says:

    So many memories of BBQs with the neighbors. S’mores would have been a great addition to the homemade ice cream.

  57. Valerie B says:

    Oh how I love your potting sink…so jealous!

  58. Kari Davis says:

    Thanks for considering me! I love your designs!

  59. Linda Pomeroy says:

    My husband is a Vietnam Veteran and feel everyone should be more Patriotic. Love the red, white and blue in your flowers and well as throughout your theme. We have used logs to sit on when we ran out of chairs. Good way of putting mother nature back into the festivities. Love your gardens and yard.


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