Patriotic Party Planning: Do’s & Don’ts


Summer is here, and it’s a great time to celebrate holidays of remembrance, holidays of Independence, and overall summer festivities. While there are many great ways to celebrate these patriotic holidays, we must ensure that in our celebration with food and festive décor, we’re not inadvertently dishonoring American flags or the servicemen/women whom we’re trying to recognize.

For all of us at Gettysburg Flag Works, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are some of our favorite holidays. Therefore, we’re going to help you get some tips and ideas for throwing a great party, all while honoring the symbol of the day: the American Flag.
First things first – every great patriotic party this weekend has to be festively decorated:


Rice Candle Jars

Image Source: today’s creative BLOG

Assembled Place Settings
Assembled Place setting

Image Source: Stone Gable

Crafty Utensil Holders
Crafty Utensil Holders

Image Source: Lilyshop by JessieJane

Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign

Image Source: The Joys of Home Educating

Welcome Wreath

Patriotic Welcome WreathImage Source: The Style Sisters

Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? There’s no better way to get the party started by expertly decorating your house, yard, and barbecue to set the mood. These suggestions are great because while patriotism is a theme throughout, none is actually using the American flag in an inappropriate way. For crafts and decorations, try to avoid altering or using the flag in any way that would change its significance as a flag.
Next (and perhaps most important) is having fabulous food. We all love to eat around here, and while some of these may be borrowed from a July 4th party, think they will be great for our Memorial Day parties as well.


Cake Pops

Cake PopsImage Source: Pint Size Baker

Ice Cream Cones
Ice Cream cones

Image Source: Noble Pig

Fruit Salad
Patriotic Fruit Salad

Image Source: Family Ever After 

Fresh Trifle
Fresh Trifle

Image Source: Fancy Frugal Life

When it comes to food and desserts, a red, white and blue theme is wonderful, but avoid using a likeness of the actual American flag. While it may look nice at first, it might not look so great half-eaten in all the family pictures.
What better way to wash down all that food, than with some fun patriotic drinks? All of these drinks can be made for the whole family, or for adults only 🙂


Sparkling Sips

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 Layered Juices
Layered Juice

Image Source: In Katrina’s Kitchen

Pineapple Punch
Pineapple Punch

Image Source: East Coast Creative

Soothing Smoothies

Soothing SmoothiesImage Source: Very Culinary

Cherry Limeade Party Punch

Party PunchImage Source: Flour on my Face

While these are all just great examples from some lovely people, feel free to take what you’ve seen here to new levels. Of course, we would love to see your creativity at work, so share with us your creations on Twitter and Pinterest using the hashtag #PatrioticParty

While we are all for red, white, and blue themed décor, if you are going to use the flag, or an image of the flag, always make sure it’s displayed in an honorable way.

If you need help figuring out if your idea is still respectful of the flag, just check out these quick reminders!
If you answer “Yes” to any of the following, then you may want to reshape the idea.

Flag Checklist


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