A Patriotic Time of Year: Memorial Day through July 4th

Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, honoring the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900’s, it became a day to celebrate all American fallen soldiers in the military. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May. This ensured a three-day weekend and became the unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection with more lighthearted food and fun.

Blue and White Glassware

I embrace the patriotic period between Memorial Day and July 4th   honoring our American freedom with decorations in red, white, and blue. There are many ways to add this palette of colors to your home.  I fell in love with this beautiful cobalt blue glassware set, with generous sized tumblers are ready to serve guests homemade lemonade from the elegant pitcher.

A Patriotic Time of Year Seasonal Summer Decor


A white fretwork vase paired with a vibrant red candle holder brings a modern flair. In blue contrast is the 14th century inspired Porcelain Cantonese vase. The grouping of white blossoms, hydrangeas with pops of red blooms display the rule of three in a floral arrangement. By using three sizes of flowers, the arrangement has a pleasing asymmetrical form. This assortment, among many other items, are available for curbside pickup. Click here to shop.

Patriotic Red White and Blue Bedroom Design

I enjoy reflecting this bedroom design. Not only is it patriotic, but it just feels like summertime!

Patriotic Blue White and Red Dining Room Design

In this dining room we incorporated blue hues– from navy to cerulean. By choosing blue as the dominant color, it welcomed pops of red without turning into a statement on patriotism.

Patriotic Poke Cake Dessert

Patriotic Poke Cake

We cannot discuss a summer holiday home without adding a favorite dessert. Patriotic Poke Cake is the perfect addition to your holiday hosting.  It is a yellow or white cake baked, then holes are poked in the cake and fruit preserves or Jell-O is poured over the cake, which seeps deep into the cake. This moist cake is frosted with fresh whipped cream mixed with a hint of vanilla bean to create a light and refreshing desert. Add decorations of fresh fruit and serve! Below are links to holiday deserts that are delicious and are beautiful additional to your holiday.

Campfire Cupcakes

Campfire Cupcakes

Red, White and Blue Layered Flag Cake

Red, White and Blue Layered Flag Cake

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