i do not like to waste money on expensive decorations. rather, i like to find simple things i can make! with that being said, pool toys are a MUST when it comes to the 4th of July! i spend a lot of time out by the pool and what better way to celebrate with some fun new toys, which you can use regardless of the holiday. my cousins picked up this winner at Marshall's for $6.99!
i just love the idea of having useful or edible decorations instead of blowing wads of money on paper and balloons that you will throw away eventually!
speaking of edible...Associated Content has a great idea for 4th of July Eco-Friendly Edible Decorations:
Consider the food you are serving a decorative element, as well. Use blueberries, strawberries and cherries to garnish dishes. Desserts can be decorated with colored icing and given patriotic motifs. Food as a 4th of July party decoration can be considered eco-friendly because of the many functions it serves. These edible decorations also leave behind little to no waste.
this edible fruit American flag, courtesy of Divine Dinner Party is too cute and it looks like it takes no effort to put together. here's the instruction on how to make this flag:
"For an outdoor party, a great 4th of July decoration idea is a fruit bouquet. To make this, you'll want to skewer slices of pineapple, cherries, melon, pear, etc. and then arrange them decoratively in a base of Styrofoam that's been covered with paint so it looks festive. You can get as fancy as you want with this - just remember to have extra skewers ready to fill in the arrangement as the guests eat."
obviously utilizing plants and flowers for your decorations is another easy green choice. i love this display from one of my favorite websites, RealSimple.com:
what kind of decorations will YOU be buying, making, or eating? :)