Being a military family, we go all in for every patriotic holiday. This past Memorial Day I took my boys down to Arlington National Cemetery for the once in a lifetime experience of hearing President Obama speak.
It was an experience to remember and really helped solidify the true sentiment of the occasion for my children. As Fourth of July approaches I’ve already started planning not only where in the Washington DC area we’ll be taking in the fireworks but also working on decor for the house and some fun crafts for entertaining.
As a blogger on the #12MonthsofMartha team I get to try lots of craft supplies out (it’s a hard job but somebody needs to do it!) and I recently gave the Martha Stewart Crafts Gift Box Maker a go to make some cute little utensil holders for my patriotic table setting for a cookout with friends. (Here is a great video showing how to use it!) I made the smallest size gift box with red scrapbook paper (an 8.5 by 11″ sheet was big enough for 1 gift box.)
To transform the gift box into a utensil holder I simply cut offone end so it formed an open pocket for my napkin and cutlery. Then I used some 1″ thick strips of white corrugated paper and 1/2″ thick strips of blue and white scrapbook paper layered over the top to add some texture and patriotic goodness!
I also made one of my favorite flavored iced tea recipes which is always a hit with guests-Peach Basil Iced Tea! Here is the recipe if you’d like to give it a try:
- 3 family size iced tea bags
- 3 peaches, sliced
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 8 basil leaves
Prepare tea according to package directions. In a small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a boil, adding sugar, peaches and basil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add to tea mixture and serve over ice.
Do you like to add red, white, and blue to your decor during the summer months when we have so many patriotic holidays?