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Red, white and blue set the tone for America’s most patriotic party


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Who doesn’t love the bold statement of red, warm traditional nature of blue and the crisp, clean feel of anything white? Together, those colors carry an instant ring of flag-inspired patriotism.

As Americans prepare for annual Independence Day celebrations, from pool parties to backyard barbecues to neighborhood events, it’s time to bring out your red, white and blue décor. Grab some decorative pillows, striped patio umbrellas, pretty bath towels, serving pieces and even novelties you’ll use just once and then toss.


Let’s not forget fun and games, either, for this most-traditional American holiday often brings together people for whole afternoons. If you tire of floating in the pool, you might want to start a game of old-fashioned croquet or lawn bowling.

Amid all of the fun, don’t forget to take a moment to think about our many freedoms — and the sacrifices that so many have made to earn them.


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Flag pillow: Let stars and stripes boast your national pride on Independence Day or any day of the year. This easy-care version is made of woven cotton. $34; JCPenney stores or jcpenney.com

Kiss the cook: Anyone who sweats it out over a hot grill will want to wear a stylish apron to keep grease stains off of their clothes. Martha Stewart’s Collection for Macy’s in red, white and blue — there’s a blue-white stripe version, too — does the job. $42; Macy’s stores or macys.com

Hot pots: Protect your hands with oven mitts and pot holders by Martha Stewart for Macy’s. $34 for the set; Macy’s stores or macys.com

Fluffy towels: The charm of the Abyss Abidecor SuperPile towels isn’t just their soft, absorbent nature. With a little creativity, you can stack them up — in any combination of washcloths, hand towels or bath towels — for a stars-and-stripes-inspired ensemble. $20, $43 and $84 (washcloth, hand and bath towels); Kuhl-Linscomb

Perennials’ pillows: Summer stripes won’t fade on you when they’re made on indoor-outdoor Perennials fabrics. These red-white or blue-white striped ones, designed by Ann Sutherland for Perennials, will look great on any patio or porch. From $69; RH.com or RH Houston, The Gallery at Highland Village (RH San Antonio, The Gallery at Alamo Quarry Market or San Marcos Premium Outlets RH Outlet)

Game time: On this very traditional holiday, vintage-style games are perfect, so enjoy Restoration Hardware’s vintage croquet set made of solid hardwoods, heavy-duty steel and weighty resin. It comes with a handy stand that you can roll away when playtime’s over. $246; RH.com or RH Houston, The Gallery at Highland Village (RH San Antonio, The Gallery at Alamo Quarry Market or San Marcos Premium Outlets RH Outlet)

No mess: Every party comes with cleanup, and Fourth of July is no different. If their stars and stripes aren’t enough, maybe the cute Labrador retriever on this towel set at JCPenney will reel you in. $14; JCPenney stores or jcpenney.com

Blue Adirondack chair: The deep contoured seat of this classic folding Adirondack chair provides comfort, and because it’s made of Polywood lumber, it can stand up to rain, salt, sun — and bugs, too. $325; onekingslane.com

Wooden bowling set: For those who don’t want to float in the pool all day long, some old-fashioned games are in order. Try lawn bowling with this wooden 10-pin set, complete with pins, balls and storage bag. $75; onekingslane.com

Pagoda patio umbrella: This 8.5-foot-diameter umbrella — made of Sunbrella acrylic — will cast a wide swath of shade to protect you from summer’s hot rays. $425; onekingslane.com

Star-shaped lantern: At dusk, this zinc-and-glass star-shaped Sanwi lantern by Nkuku will come in handy — just add a tealight to light the way for your party guests before fireworks light up the sky. It’s 10.5 inches tall and works hanging or standing. $42; amara.com

Artsy doormat: Tufted natural coconut fiber gets a lift with cute blue stars in this rug that works any time, and especially on a holiday like Independence Day. $56; amara.com

Acrylic barware: Mario Luca Giusti has designed acrylic barware for stylish — and safe — outdoor entertaining. His Dolce Vita wine goblet and Palla pitcher both come in red or white for a festive holiday table. $24 goblet, $68 pitcher; amara.com

Fiesta dishes: The highly collectible Fiesta dinnerware, which dates to 1936, is still relevant on tables in 2018. Pick some red, white and blue from its mix-and-match colors for a patriotic message. $27.99 for a three-piece place setting (other prices vary); Dillard’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Kohl’s and Macy’s stores

Decorative straws: Kids — and adults who act like them — will love drinking punch or other beverages with these festive stars-and-stripes-themed party straws. The DIY kit comes with stickers, paper cutouts and straws, and you can use them for straws or as cupcake decorations. $16.90 (set of 25); jet.com

diane.cowen@chron.com

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