It’s the most patriotic time of the year |

It’s the most patriotic time of the year

Slifer Designs staff
Design at Altitude
Add a festive throw blanket to your decor for a little touch that makes a big difference.
Holly Mandarich | Special to the Daily |

Hurray for the red, white and blue! With Independence Day fast approaching, it’s time to spruce up your home for out-of-town revelers, flag fliers and lovers of fireworks. Ready to make your home sparkle this Fourth of July? Here are a few tips from the designers at Slifer Designs.

• Gussy up your outdoor space. Use your planters to make your deck pop. Of course, there are the red, white and blue petunias or pansies that everyone loves. Go a little deeper into the greenhouse and plant some bright red geraniums or even red poppies. Plant them a few days in advance so the plants have a chance to really bloom.

• Red, white and blue blankets add to the air of festivity. We have a few throws that are perfect for a patriotic picnic or to nestle under during late-night fireworks. Starting in early July, we put the blankets on the back of the sofa or on our favorite armchair. It’s always surprising how these little touches really make the room feel different.

• The tabletop speaks volumes. There are so many ways to bring your party to life: flag-inspired napkins, white and blue hydrangeas, red-and-white or blue-and-white gingham tablecloths and miniature flags as centerpieces. Other easy decor ideas include red, white and blue candles, which keep the party going late into the night, and flag-inspired desserts. Yum!

• We have a wall at home with artwork that changes seasonally. Come Christmas, there’s holiday artwork; a large photo of tulips in early spring and for the Fourth of July, we have a shadowbox with a framed American flag.

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• We eat outside as much as possible all summer and especially over the Independence Day holiday. A few years ago, we invested in colorful chair cushions. With little other additions to the patio, the red, white and blue cushions create a patriotic vibe. A friend has a red outdoor poof — she adds a few flag-inspired napkins and a vase of flowers for a lovely look.

If you’re going to be out and about, carry the spirit of the Fourth with you. The Vail parade attracts thousands of visitor and is Americana unto itself. Bring your red, white and blue blanket with you to stay comfortable on the curb.

Between the annual patriotic concert at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, the huge Vail parade, the hometown Eagle parade, myriad fireworks, celebrate the holiday boldly and with color.

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