Memorial Day is fast approaching, and I’ve always considered that weekend to be the official start of summer (please don’t mention that to June 20th, the “real” first day of summer!). Down here in the South, the kids are already done with school by the end of May, and we’re spending plenty of time outside.
I’ve enjoyed the big front porch at our current house; it’s the perfect place to sit with a book while the kids are playing outside, and I’ll often bring my laptop out during the day to catch some fresh air while I’m writing. I love to add touches of red, white, and blue to the porch at the beginning of May, in honor of Memorial Day, and I’ll often leave it up until the 4th of July.
As many of you already know, we’re a military family (my husband has served in the Army for over 20 years), and we know far too well that Memorial Day is about so much more than cookouts and trips to the beach. And while all of those things are nice, we never forget that we’re able to enjoy them because of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
So over the years, we’ve wound up with quite the collection of red, white, and blue for the porch…the front door sports a mini flag banner (the Union should be to the left, please):
I made the banner myself using twine, a hot glue gun, and dollar store flags–easy!
Red and navy pillows mix well with my usual black and white cushions and black wrought iron.
I love to use bunting on the porch or on the windows (it depends on the house; here I like it best at the top of the porch).
Even my old window gets a touch of patriotic color:
And when it’s time to fire up the grill and throw a few rounds of cornhole with the neighbors, even the paper products and drinks match the theme!
Enjoy your first taste of summer!