.... styling the 4th of July.... some of my favorites...



The 4th of July has always been a favorite family holiday at our house...
and such a fun summer event to celebrate and style.
I have gathered some of my favorite styling ideas and traditions here to share.

Styling with flags is one of my favorites...
It's quick to do... and just as quick to take down.
I add to my collection each year.... by picking up them up by the tens.

One quick trick I like to do with flags...
is decorate my mantle.
I did a DIY post about it here.
The quick basic is to use mason jars filled with dry rice...
and add 3 or more flags to each jar.
The rice will keep your flags standing tall.
Doing this in multiples...
adds the greatest impact.


When my kids were little...
making cupcakes and brownies for the block parties became a family tradition.
They each made something of their own...
to contribute to the festivities.

One of my favorite 4th craft projects was
torn paper flags with buttons for the stars.
( I still have them today).
I brought out supplies for everyone at  the block party to make one...

I then collected them....
and we used them to decorate with at the lake block party on the fourth...
Everyone got to see their flag proudly displayed...
and then to take home their flag that night.

Packing picnics for the 4th on the lake....
summer styling bliss for me.
You can see...
flags work with ease for picnics as well.


as was dressing the family for the fourth each year....

so much so...
I kept all of these holiday treasures...
even using them to decorate with some years.
Now that they are all grown...

I have only myself to dress...
and it's really not too bad...

To everything there is a season.


Wishing you all a wonderful 4th of July!



as always dear friends

I wish you love and joy 
as your style your life





28 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous images Tamera. I LOVE the one of your babies all hugging each other; wonderful!
    Have a lovely 4th July day xx

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    1. Dear Vanessa.... coming from you that is such a COMPLIMENT...thank you!!

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  2. Tamera, I love your ideas here. Great photos. As usual. :) I love your Oprah quote in the previous post too. I so need to remember that!! Thanks. xoxo Lynn

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    1. thank you Lynn! Your new blog design looks wonderful!!

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  3. How much imagination with the flag. I love the love you have for your symbols. Happy 4th of July.

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    1. Josep-Maria thank you my dear! I always enjoy your beautifully curated fashion collections and your hike through Spain!

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  4. Beautiful color red, white blue and a lovely day 4 July with your memory. I like it, I like it :)

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    1. Anne-Marie thank you for your kind words... and for visiting all the way from Denmark!

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  5. Ok, I am now going to finish decorating, you are just the inspiration I so, so, so needed! And, that last collage, WOW, can I print that off and hang it in a gorgeous frame? It's breathtaking. I simply adore all your old picutres you shared as well as the memories. I, too, love this holiday. For many, many years it was spent at the baseball field (which I so miss) but now we all gather around the pool and BBQ so its all good. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Trina gathering around the pool and barbeque sounds like a perfect 4th to me! I will be looking for pictures my dear!

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  6. Hands down the most festive, cheerful 4th of July displays ever. You are such a talent lovely friend!
    Happy 4th to you and yours!
    xx, Heather

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    1. Thank you Heather! Looking forward to your Carribean Islandsnext week!

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  7. I am always in AWE of your festive stuff :)

    I hope you have a lovely holiday, I've missed yoru space T!

    xo

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    1. Thanks Gina! So happy to have you visit1 Been thinking of you as September rolls nearer.

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  8. Oh do I love this post, the glorious photos, all that great red, white, and blue! You look so gorgeous in that outfit and I'm dying over that necklace! Who made it? My 4th of July tradition is a blueberry pie from scratch, which I'm actually making today, and of course getting the kiddies out to see fireworks in NYC! Thanks for an inspiring post. Also, thank you for joining Adrienne and me for "How I Wear My: Sunglasses". You were wearing ANOTHER amazing necklace and I liked your shades too. XO, Jill

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  9. As evidenced by your photos, everything that you do is a work of art. Now that you have yourself to focus on, success is guaranteed. I adore your holiday neck piece and of course, the outfit that you composed.

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  10. Another fabulous post coming from your heart, Tamera.
    Amazing photos and memories.
    Your outfit is gorgeous as always, I love your hairstyle and hairband. You are so stylish!

    Have a great 4th July, dear!

    Annette
    Only a couple more hours to enter my giveaway.
    Lady of Style

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  11. I love your exuberance and the visual beauty of this post. And of course, you look fabulous with your headband and great sunglasses!

    blue hue wonderland

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  12. I love every single pic, and want your necklace.
    happy 4th of July, dear Tamera and family.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  13. OMG TAMERA!

    I thank you for coming to visit my blog. I am currently out of state, visiting family with limited computer time, but I see that you visited me via STYLEMINDEDCHIC. Your pics are fantastic, your story wonderful, and I agree that as life changes for us, we have to keep ourselves engaged in the community AND WITHIN OURSELVES.

    Let me ask you this. Heather at SMC is part of a Pinboard on Pinterest that I created for us more "mature" women who are growing up with time....and are BEAUTIFUL AND STYLISH! May I PIN one of your wonderful photos of YOU?

    The pinboard is for women 50+ and I don't know if you are in the age range, but let me know if you would like to be on my pinboard.

    I will not be at my computer as long as I usually am, but I will be back by next Tuesday. Have a great fourth! Anita

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  14. Anita I am exactly in that age range at 54 years old. I would not only be honored to have you pin one of my photos... but I can't wait to see your board, as I am always looking for new inspiration myself.

    Thank you so for visiting... and again, I adore your blog!

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  15. So lovely photos with wonderful memories. Beautiful

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  16. Dear, dear Tamera!

    I am in California at the moment visiting family and my computer time is very limited. I just saw your blog visit and THANK YOU for visiting and allowing me to PIN your fabulous photo!

    Here is the link to my pinboard:

    http://pinterest.com/stellaroxanne/life-models-over-50/

    You are simply GORGEOUS!

    I would love to see your posts on a regular basis, but I need to get home after my visit here with family. Be well, thank you so much! Anita

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  17. I especially enjoyed the family pics. I have many, many pictures too, and sometimes they're hard to look at because of their poignancy. Seeing yours, and knowing how you feel, makes the passage of time seem a little gentler, knowing how universal all these emotions are. So we dress up for joy, create beauty just because, and love as best we can with all our hearts. XXOO

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  18. Love the blonde bun, that outfit is so classic I LOVE it! The pictures of your littles... sniff... sniff...so cute. I remember some of my most fond memories were from the 4th of July in Cali. xo

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  19. What a neat walk down memory lane!! I do that with my kids too - pick their clothes in red,white and blue colors, my son paints his hair blue...I am creating memories as I live them! Thank you for the reminder to slow down and enjoy the MOMent

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