With Flag Day coming up Thursday, it seemed appropriate to share some of my favorite patriotic party posts, so here goes:
Patriotic Trifle! You can’t go wrong with this easy dessert.
Happy Flag Day!
Are you wearing your red, white and blue? Hanging out your flag?Doing some Savvy Entertaining?
If so, keep things simple and enjoy your guests!
Go for a barbecue menu and make a Cupcake Flag – for dessert. It is simple and easy to do!
Here are some other tips for a fun patriotic gathering:
Use what you have - and add fun accents. Gather all your white, red and blue dishes then mix and match. Use a tablecloth in red, white or blue (or sheets work, too) create a fun centerpiece using dishes placed at different heights and presto! You’ve got a great looking table. If you don’t have pedestals or cake plates to use, create height by turning bowls upside down and putting plates on top. In the photo above, the only thing I purchased were the napkins (yes, I have a flag scarf and it comes in really handy as a table runner!).
Inexpensive finds – Purchase patriotic pinwheels from the discount or dollar store and place in vases or jars around the gathering. These are fun and whimsical and provide a laid-back accent to your gathering. Hang red and blue crepe paper streamers along with red white and blue balloons around your gathering.
Involve the kids – by having them create the decorations. They can cut stars out of red, white and blue construction paper. Punch a hole in the top and hang with red, white or blue ribbons above a table, along a fence, at the front door – anywhere guests will gather.
Tie one on – your seat cushion or pillows. Liven things up with red and blue bandanas and red and blue fabric you may have on hand. If you are using fabric, cut it in squares to fit a pillow or cushion, trim edges with pinking shears, place a piece on both the top and bottom of the cushion then tie corners with a white ribbon. Do this for your throw cushions, accent pillows or seat cushions. It will bring a fabulous pop of color to your decor.
Hang your Flag – outside as a greeting to your guests and a reminder that you are celebrating the 4th of July to everyone who drives by. Use mini flags throughout your decorating scheme as well. A nice take-away for guests is a small flag with a bag of patriotic sweets like peanut M&Ms.
She Who Will be Flying Her Flag
From the information I gathered, Flag Day’s history goes back to 1885 when schoolteacher BJ Cigrand arranged for students in the Fredonia, Wisconsin, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’.
George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned festivities for the children of his school on June 14, 1889, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration June 14, 1891, and the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
The Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in positions of authority as well as all private citizens to display the Flag June 14.
The governor of New York directed that on June 14, 1894, the Flag be displayed on all public buildings.
Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in presented a speech that he said was given him by the Flag that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.
Plan a get together to celebrate Flag Day. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You could serve something as simple as blue and white corn chips with salsa and sugar cookies topped with red, white and blue sprinkles.
Flags should be the highlight of your celebration. Make sure you are flying one outside and use small flags throughout your buffet table or centerpieces.
Put out some fun and festive decorations. You can fill small canning jars with red and blue candy then tie with a festive bow. Line them down the center of your table or tuck them in among your buffet. You could also put at each place setting if you were doing a family-style meal with a little name place card on a flag in each jar. You could also use the same little jars to stagger red, white and blue candles down the center of your table.
You can give your guests a fun take-away by putting red, white and blue M&Ms (or any red, white or blue candy) in a festive cupcake paper then making a little bag out of plastic wrap. Secure with a rubber band and tie with a ribbon. Who wouldn’t love to leave a party with one of these edible and festive gifts.
Keep your entertaining casual and simple and focus on connecting with those gathered in your home.