Whether Memorial Day, for you, marks a day of remembering our patriotic heroes or it’s a day of escape from the usual Monday grind, the unofficial start of summer is here.
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And you know what summer means? Time to enjoy outdoor living. Here are four ideas for making the most of it.
From everyone here at Design Happens, have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
Happy Memorial Day weekend, design lovers! I have the feeling lots of us will be doing some picnicking over the next few days.
What better way to kick off the long weekend than sharing an ideal picnic basket? This classic trunk-style basket from Williams Sonoma comes with everything you need for a well-outfitted meal al fresco, including the blanket. Wine and cheese are my two must-haves for a picnic. What are yours?
Memorial Day is when all the newspapers and free weekly rags come out with their official guides to summer. Well, cast those aside, and instead follow my guide to a summer bursting with style. Yes, that’s right. These are my top 5 picks for summer lovin’ of the design kind. Don’t let those summer days drift away. (Yes, Grease is my favorite summer movie.) With the long holiday weekend finally here, this is the perfect time to enjoy at least one of these. Tell me more, you say? Of course. Here you go:
1. Plan a Stylish, Fuss-Free Backyard Party
With sunshine in sight, I’ll be spending the entire weekend outdoors, and you should, too! Welcome summer weather by gathering friends and family for a backyard party. Fire up the grill and and give these summer-inspired recipes a try.
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Give your garden a thrilling dose of patriotism this coming Memorial Day weekend by planting flowers that bloom in red, white and blue. (Cue the John Philip Sousa.)
Photos: Bloomers Blog; Lowes; Sonja Smith
If you don’t think you’ll have time for planting, grab a hanging basket filled with red, white and blue petunias from your local gardening center. For you more adventurous green-thumb types, here are a few of my favorite flowers to get you started creating your own patriotic combinations.
Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet', Clematis, Grape Hyacinth
Patriotic Flower Ideas From HGTV.com:
- Red: Potentilla ‘Gibson’s Scarlet’ (or dianthus, geraniums, hydrangeas, zinnias, begonias, mums)
- White: Clematis (or geraniums, salvias, mums, snapdragons, daisies, impatiens)
- Blue: Grape hyacinth (or morning glory, verbena, blue bells)
Keep your garden gorgeous all summer long with HGTV.com’s expert gardening tips.
Memorial Day is less than two weeks away. This federal holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have lost their lives during military service. It also marks the unofficial start to summer. Many will take advantage of the long weekend to travel to the nearest lake, beach or mountain getaway. For those staying local, it’s all about neighborhood barbecues and outings to newly-opened pools. My favorite way to spend Memorial Day? Grilling out with my friends and family as well as enjoying the traditional sensory pleasures of summer. Fresh cut grass, a smokey grill, the sun hitting my back, running around barefoot, etc.
Photos (clockwise left to right): Fancy House Road; flickr.com/junkgarden; Note Card Cafe; Fancy House Road
In addition to displaying the “Stars and Stripes,” Memorial Day gatherings provide the perfect excuse for red, white and blue decorations. A dessert made with strawberries and blueberries is an easy and healthy way to incorporate a patriotic color scheme.
How do you plan on celebrating Memorial Day this year? Are you hosting a neighborhood cookout? Spending the day at the lake? Any special decor tips? We’d love to hear from you!
Happy Memorial Day! Hope you are out enjoying a beautiful day with friends and family. Since today kicks of the beginning of the summer parties, I want to share a few favorite party ideas I’ve found.
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Celebrate Memorial Day in style this year. Whether planning a huge barbecue or an intimate picnic gathering, set the scene with colorful decorations.
These beautiful poms are available in a variety of colors from PomLove on Etsy.
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