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Celebrating Red, White, and Blue: 5 Fun and Easy Ways to Show Your Patriotism

Hello, friends of The Old River Nest!

As we gear up for July 4th with the anticipation of fireworks and the excitement of the Summer Olympics on the horizon, I can’t help but feel a surge of patriotism. It’s that special time of year when the colors red, white, and blue don’t just represent our flag but become a part of our everyday lives. And why not? They’re vibrant, fun, and a great way to show off our national pride!

Here are five easy and delightful ways to weave these colors into your daily routine, whether it’s in your wardrobe, home decor, culinary adventures, or even your garden. Let's dive in!

1. Fashion Forward: Rocking the Red, White, and Blue

Let’s start with something simple and stylish: your outfits. You don’t have to look like Uncle Sam, but a few key pieces can add a patriotic pop to your wardrobe. Try these ideas:

  • Red Accessories: Think jewelry, shoes, and nail color. They can add a vibrant touch to any outfit.

  • White Basics: A crisp blouse, dress or even a well fit t-shirt are all versatile and pairs perfectly with almost anything.

  • Denim: Classic and comfortable, denims are a staple that effortlessly fit into this color scheme.

Mix and match these pieces for a look that’s chic and subtly patriotic. And remember, confidence is the best accessory!

2. Home Sweet Home: Decorating with Patriotic Flair

It's not about making your entire house red, white, and blue but adding a few touches will make a big impact:

  • Throw Pillows and Blankets: Swap out your usual pillows and throws for ones in patriotic colors. And..they don't have to be flag pillows! This is an easy way to refresh your space without a complete overhaul.

  • Artwork: Hang red, white, and blue-themed art or even DIY a piece with paint and canvas. It’s a fun project that adds a personal touch.

  • Patriotic Flower Arrangements: Use a mix of red, white, and blue flowers to create stunning centerpieces. Place them in a simple white or chinoiserie vase for a sophisticated touch.

A few thoughtful touches can make your home feel festive and welcoming all summer long.

Images from Pottery Barn, Studio EMP, & Vettel Farm

3. Culinary Creations: Eat Your Colors

Let’s talk food! Incorporating red, white, and blue into your meals can be as delicious as it is patriotic. Here are some tasty ideas:

  • Individual Berry Cheesecakes: Treat yourself to delightful berry cheesecakes served in individual cups. Layer crushed graham crackers with a no bake cheesecake mixture, then top with strawberries and blueberries. These are not only adorable but also perfectly portioned for any gathering.

  • Flag Cake: Decorate a sheet cake with white frosting or cool whip, then use blueberries and strawberries to create an American flag on top. You can do this with a cookie cake, a white box cake, or make the cake really fancy using fondant.

  • Patriotic Punch: Nothing is better than a refreshing and colorful drink on a hot summer day. Here's a recipe for your summer celebration from

Non-Alcoholic Patriotic Punch:

  • 8 cups tropical punch (Hawaiian Punch works great)

  • 2 cups pineapple juice

  • 1 liter ginger ale or Sprite

  • 2 cups fresh fruit (like strawberries and blueberries) for garnish


  1. Combine the tropical punch and pineapple juice in a large punch bowl or two large pitchers. Stir well.

  2. Chill until you are ready to serve.

  3. Top with ginger ale (or Sprite) and fresh fruit just before serving.

Alcoholic Patriotic Punch:

  • Follow the non-alcoholic recipe above.

  • Add 2 cups of either tequila, vodka, or white rum to the mixture before chilling.


  1. Combine the tropical punch, pineapple juice, and chosen alcohol in a large punch bowl or two large pitchers. Stir well.

  2. Chill until you are ready to serve.

  3. Top with ginger ale (or Sprite) and fresh fruit just before serving.

Images from The Pioneer Women, Little Miss Cakes, Now Cook This, The First Year, County Side Cravings, Bake Eat Repeat, A Half Baked Mom, All the Glitters, and One Sweet Appetite

4. Green Thumb: Garden with Red, White, and Blue

Yes, even your garden can get in on the patriotic fun! Here’s how:

  • Plant Choices: Opt for flowers like red geraniums, white petunias, and blue lobelia. They’re easy to grow and look stunning together.

  • Garden Flags: Add small American flags or themed garden stakes to your flower beds for an extra patriotic touch.

  • Outdoor Banners: Hang red, white, and blue banner around your garden or patio. They create a festive atmosphere, perfect to greet show your patriotism.

Your garden will be the talk of the neighborhood, blooming with national pride.

Image from Proven Winners, The Home Depot, Martha Stewart, American Flags, and McCuess Flower Outlet

5. DIY Delights: Modern Patriotic Vibes

If you like to get crafty, you mine as well do it with some red, white, and blue projects. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Abstract Wall Art with Watercolor: Create a piece of abstract art using red, white, and blue watercolors. This project is fun, easy, and results in a stunning, modern piece that adds a splash of patriotism to any room.

  • DIY Patriotic Door Mat: Give your front porch a welcoming patriotic touch by creating a custom door mat. Use a plain coir mat, some stencils, and outdoor paint in red, white, and blue. Arrange the stencils and paint away! This charming addition is both practical and festive.

  • Toilet Paper Roll Covers: Add a bit of patriotic charm to your bathroom by covering toilet paper rolls with patriotic napkins. Simply wrap a decorative napkin around the roll, tuck it in the top and bottom of the roll and place it in your bathroom. It’s a quirky, unexpected touch that’s sure to make your guests smile.

These easy DIY projects will help you celebrate patriotism in style while keeping your decor up-to-date.

Images from Etsy, The Idea Room, Pinterest, My Passionate Soul, Smart School House, and Etsy

Wrapping Up

There you have it—five easy and enjoyable ways to infuse a little extra red, white, and blue into your life this summer. Whether you’re dressing up, redecorating, cooking, gardening, or crafting, these tips will help you celebrate the fourth and the Olympics in style.

Here’s to a season filled with joy, pride, and plenty of red, white, and blue!

Until next time, happy decorating!

God Bless America,

amber :)

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