America the Beautiful

There is something about the 4th of July that just gets me every single year. Now, while I will proudly admit that it is by far my most favorite day I have a harder time broadcasting how deeply this celebration touches my soul. As the wife of a veteran, I need no excuse to celebrate America and when the 4th rolls around every year I break out my best red, white and blue and bask in all my patriotic glory.

This 4th is special for many reasons. It is my husband’s first year out of the service, so it will be an emotional day for both of us. We are so humbly grateful for his safety and pray night and day for those who still fight, tirelessly, for our freedom. It is also special because I get to be part of someones else’s special day; we will celebrate the new bride and groom under the fireworks that The Holy City boasts and send them off on a romantic sailboat getaway.

As I prepare to wish America the happiest of birthday’s (239 looks good on you!) I am eagerly breaking out my favorite and most patriotic apparel. Each year as my collection grows I have a harder time deciding what I will wear for the big firework display. I usually choose to extend the holiday and don my red, white and blue all weekend long. Here is a look at some of my favorites this year:

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Are you attending a holiday wedding or celebration, or even throwing one yourself? Incorporate America’s colors into your tablescapes and appetizers. Red, white and blue desserts are rampantly taking over Pintrest and magazines. Find an easy recipe or talk to your caterer and see what they can work in. Create mood lighting with tealights and globe lanterns, add plush pillows to a porch swing and set out blankets for guests to cozy up in. Oh, and don’t forget to stock up on sparklers!

Whatever your holiday plans may entail I hope they are celebratory and safe! I thank the brave men and women who fight each and every day to keep me and my family protected. I sure do love you America, happy birthday!

xoxo,

HP

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