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Today I am sharing our red and blue outdoor decor ideas on our patio and I love how simple it was to add a handful of 4th of July decor items to add Patriotic flare. I used non patriotic themed pillows and decor with the exception of the planter flags and flag throw pillow. Decorating with solid colored red and blue throw pillows and rug will allow you to keep your outdoor patio simple and classy. This post may contain affiliate links for your shopping pleasure. Updated May 2022.
Simple Outdoor Decorating Ideas
1. Start with setting up outdoor seating
These outdoor decorating ideas are easy to implement and you can recreate this look very easily. Whether you have a big or small outdoor space, find a corner that allows you to create a cozy seating area and anchor the space with an outdoor rug.
The easiest way to achieve a classy outdoor patio that has a patriotic theme is to use red, white and blue throw pillows and planters. Notice how I used red striped pillows (click here) and solid blue (click this one) / checkered pillows (these buffalo check red pillows are perfect!). This is a great outdoor flag pillow.
Adding an American flag with red and blue stripes is an easy way to insert a patriotic design theme.
They are not “patriotic throw pillows” but they represent the red, white and blue color scheme. Pretty simple right?
Red White and Blue Outdoor Decor Ideas
Decorating with red white and blue is easy and when you mix and match patterns, you will create a designer look in no time.
You will notice I used a blue rug (this blue rug is similar and a great price) that is perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July but is also perfect for the entire Summer. I mean, who doesn’t love a blue rug?!
Memorial Day and 4th of July decorations do not need to be gaudy looking. Stick to these easy patriotic outdoor ideas and you will end up with a classy and sophisticated patio.
I am not a fan of loads of ribbon and honestly, less is more when creating a patriotic themed patio.
Outdoor decorating ideas for front porch
These outdoor decor ideas can definitely be used on a front porch (or side/back porch) too! In fact, if you have a covered porch, you may be able to use some of your indoor decor items as they will be out of the weather.
I am a huge proponent of bringing the indoors outdoors and creating outdoor living spaces that are cozy and warm just like you would inside your home.
I have a large outdoor storage container that I store the indoor patio decor (throw blankets ect.) in which allows me to add indoor elements easily when entertaining.
Outdoor decor ideas for parties
If you are having an outdoor party (don’t miss this post 30 4th of July party ideas) , setting up a beverage station and decorating with patriotic decor can be a cute idea to wow your guests. Adjacent to the seating area, we have a small pool house that has vinyl cedar shakes and it was the perfect backdrop for the patriotic beverage station.
Another fun patriotic outdoor decor idea (and if you want to go the extra mile) is to find a cute backdrop (could be greenery, a house wall or even a pool) to place your table in front of and simply add patriotic decor to the wall or along the table. The banners are really cute and helped add a little pizzazz to the table.
Red and blue balloon garland is also another budget friendly way to decorate outdoors.
I used a plastic folding table and covered it with a red striped throw blanket. I used 3M command strips to hang the wooden America sign as well as the patriotic paper fans.
You can either buy the paper fans or make your own. An easy patriotic decor idea is to make your own patriotic crafts. They are fun and easy to make.
The tiered tray is perfect for snacks and treats and a great way to display red, white and blue decor.
Small blue star containers filled with chocolate covered popcorn is a sweet snack that most everyone will love.
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Creating a patriotic tablescape is easier than you think. All I did was fill a blue ice bucket with geraniums and added a couple flags. It took about 2 minutes!
The table setting consists of white and blue melamine dishes, layered red and blue placemats and blue checkered napkins that are actually dish towels! I thought they were super cute and coordinated perfectly.
Related: See our Summer Backyard Oasis Patio
If you are looking for entertaining ideas, my friend Cheryl has an amazing post, Born in the USA – entertaining ideas.
Whether you are decorating for the 4th of July (see our 30 4th of July Party Ideas) or Memorial Day, mixing in the red, white and blue theme with hints of patriotism is a sure way to achieve a classy patriotic themed patio and beverage station.
It’s really hard to believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner. We are opening our pool soon so stay tuned as we have partnered with Hayward Pool company for a summer long pool series.
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