Memorial Day 2020

There are things I love about every season, but summer is when I’m happiest. Fall and winter have so many fun holidays and traditions, but our schedules are hectic during those times of year. Summer is a lot slower for us.

I think most southerners move a lot slower in the summer, mainly due to the heat. It’s the season of porch sittin’, tea sippin’, and lake fishin’. Yes, we’re going to complain about the heat, but we are born for this.

For our family, summer has traditionally kicked off with the Dacula Memorial Day parade and 5k. The 5k race kicks off the high school cross country season, which means our kids spend the next 6 months running with a great group of students and coaches. It also means our kids have had to be at practice by 7 am, 6 days a week, during the summer. Early, but the friendships made and the character built during those mornings will last a lifetime.

During this pandemic things are looking a lot different. Not only will Memorial Day be different, our whole summer is looking like it will be different, too. No parade or race. No officially running together as a team. It’s leaving a hole. We’ll find something else to do on Monday, Memorial Day, but we hope next year both the parade and 5k race will be back.

Here’s wishing you a safe Memorial Day. We are thankful for those who gave their lives for our country so that we still have freedom to exercise our rights and liberties. May we always appreciate the sacrifices and work to protect what they gave their lives for.

Patriotic Summer Decor

Patriotic Summer Decor

Red, white, and blue can carry you Memorial Day through Labor Day.

One of the reasons I love decorating for the summer is I know that once I have my home all decorated I can leave it up for a long time. If you break out all of your red, white, and blue patriotic decor in May for Memorial Day, you can have your home decorated for flag day in June, Fourth of July, and all the way until Labor Day in September.
I have one storage bin with some Fourth of July and patriotic decorations. I will also “shop” my home for some other red, white, or blue items. I also like to include seashells, because they remind me of summer. I like to think of seashells as a neutral color. I even use them to check off the “white” if I am missing that in a red, white, and blue vignette.
Layer china patterns for a patriotic look. How cute are these Allerton’s Blue Willow individual butter pat dishes?
I like to use red Coca-Cola crates, vintage Pyrex bowls, books, and napkins for “red”. Blue canning jars, picture frames, and Blue Willow china are perfect for “blue”. White seashells, milk glass dishes, and anything silver will make your “white”.
Use seashells you picked up on the beach for filler.

Another tip I have is one that I use for every holiday. Shop the after-holiday clearance sale. I’ve had this bunting and these “fans” for a couple of years in my storage bin. I found them on clearance at Target a few years back.
Everyday items grouped together in red, white, and blue combinations suddenly turn into patriotic decor. I used a Blue Willow teapot, a red transferware platter, and some red & white flowers to make this grouping.
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Summer makes me so happy! I hope you find joy in this season as well.

Patriotic Mantel Ideas

When I see stars and stripes, I think of summer: Fireworks and fireflies, Red stripes on flags and stripes of red ketchup on hot dogs. I love combining summer décor with patriotic décor in my house to create a look that lasts all season long.

Beginning with Memorial Day and then through Flag Day and Independence Day we can find red, white, and blue in everything from snow cones to beach towels. It only makes sense to bring those colors inside as well.
 
Flags and stars are obvious choices, but a patriotic feel can also be achieved by grouping red, white, and blue objects.

Antique red books, white seashells, and blue jars help create a more interesting take on the colors of our flag.

“Shop” your own home to find red, white, and blue objects to create a unique look. Once you have colors in mind, walk through the rooms of your house and objects will jump out at you. Don’t you just love this patriotic banner? I found it at World Market. (love them!)

I also love this clock from Kohl’s, don’t you?! 

 
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