Fourth of July Front Yard Decor

The biggest holiday of the summer is right around the corner. It’s a special day where we celebrate our nation’s independence and our personal freedom. As the holiday draws near, you may notice bits of red, white and blue popping up all over your neighborhood. If you haven’t already, it’s time to join in and start decorating your lawn or porch. Get into the spirit of the holiday with this Fourth of July front yard décor.

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American Flag Bench
The American Flag Outdoor Bench gives your home a patriotic look. The decorative accent adds some seating to the front porch. Made of colored metal, the back of the bench features an American flag design. Weight capacity, 500 lbs. 40″W x 16-1/2″D x 38-1/4″H. Assembly required; assembly hardware included.

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Patriotic Seasonal Flag
Large, colorful and easy to see from a great distance, this Jumbo Seasonal Flag is a fun way to decorate your yard for the Fourth of July. A sleeve at the top makes hanging easy. It fits on your standard flag pole. Purchase one or get the entire set of 5 for seasonal decorating. 27-3/8″W x 35-1/2″L. Polyester. Imported.

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Patriotic Grill Cover
This eye-catching Printed Grill Cover makes your grill a conversation piece on the Fourth while protecting it from rain, UV rays and preventing frost. Just insert the four included ties through the grommets at the corners to secure it in place. The holiday statement piece fits most large grills. 68″W x 21″D x 35″H. PEVA. Imported.

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American Flag Star
Put this 24″ Americana Star Decor on display in your garden for weeks leading up to the Fourth of July. The large barn star is decorated with a stylish stars-and-stripes design. Use the 7″ stakes to install in the ground, or use the jute rope to hang. 24″W x 2-1/4″D x 24-1/2″H, without stake. Metal. No-tool assembly required.

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Patriotic Pride Garden Décor
Coordinate your outdoor display with the lively colors of the Patriotic Pride Garden Decor. Plant the USA Yard Stake (29-1/2”W x 26”H, including the 8” stake) in the center of your lawn. Metal. Use the Rope Light (3/8”W x 235”L) to highlight a landscape or architectural feature. It has 108 LED lights in red, white and blue.

4th of July: Fireworks Safety Tips

fireworksThis weekend we celebrate our nation’s birth with all the pomp and circumstance our Founding Fathers imagined we would. They specifically called for fireworks to mark the annual party, but with all the fireworks comes a lot of potential for problems. Here are 5 fireworks safety tips for your 4th of July celebration.

Designated Lighter The authorities encourage people out for a night on the town to have a designated driver who doesn’t drink for the night and can safely get revelers home, but this applies to fireworks as well. When you’re lighting explosives, your mind should be clear and attentive — those handling fireworks need to be in total control to reduce injury risks with an already dangerous activity. If drinking is an important part of your celebration, leave the fireworks to the professionals or crack open a cold one after the fireworks display.fireworks

Pause Between Displays When you’re playing with fire, you don’t have to get burned if you’re careful. Make sure each explosive gets your full attention. Read the directions carefully before any fuses are lit and light them one at a time. Fireworks are designed to get your attention, but if you have too many going off at one time, it increases your risk of danger.

Dispose of Explosives Carefully Once you’re done making the sky sparkle, soak your spent explosives in water before putting them in the garbage. Even if your fireworks look like ash, there may be some lingering coals waiting to start a big fire. Reduce the risk of fire by getting the explosives wet and placing them in a metal receptacle away from any buildings or homes so you can sleep easy.

Caution with Kids Never let young children handle any fireworks — even sparklers. Sparklers don’t explode, but they get dangerously hot; they can reach temperatures of up to 2,000℉ — that’s considerably hotter than the hot 95℉ air temperature we expect on a sunny July day. If older children want to set off fireworks, make sure they have adult supervision and all directions are followed precisely.fireworks

Open Air Keep your fireworks in plain sight — don’t carry them in your pockets or in packages in which you can’t see them. They are explosives and therefore very volatile. They can go off at any moment, you’ll be better prepared to handle the potential risks if you can see the fireworks.
The Lakeside Collection has ideas and products to make the most of every holiday. Have a fun and safe 4th of July and check back with us to make your next big event memorable!

A Brief History of Our Favorite 4th of July Food

hamburgerFood is a big part of any celebration. When we think of food for the 4th of July, hamburgers, hot dogs and fried chicken come to mind, but they weren’t part of the original 4th of July festivities. Our Founding Fathers couldn’t declare our independence on an empty stomach, but what we think of as a 4th of July menu didn’t become standard until much, much later than 1776. Here’s a brief history of our favorite 4th of July food.

Hamburgers Our Founding Fathers didn’t have our most cherished fare for 4th of July at their Independence Day celebration. The hamburger didn’t become part of popular culture until the late 1800s, but where, exactly, it was first cooked up is debatable. Residents of Hamburg, NY claim the hamburger was named for the town at the county fair when sausage vendors ran out of sausage and put ground beef on a bun. But Wisconsinites say it was teenager selling meatballs at the county fair who should get credit. He put the meat on bread to make it easy to walk and eat. Local historians say he named the sandwich “hamburger” after Hamburg steak. Either way, summer was the season in which the hamburger was born.

Hot dogHot Dogs It is possible there were hot dogs at the first Independence Day party. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the frankfurter — a smaller version of common European sausage — was created in Europe (possibly Germany or Austria) in the 1600s. As European immigrants made their way to the United States, so did the frankfurter. Frankfurters gained popularity for the convenience in the late 1800s with the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago. 1893 was also the year hot dogs became a standard at ballparks. Like hamburgers, it’s easy to see why it’s outdoor party food.

Potato Salad According to foodtimeline.org, potato salad was created as early as 1597 but it wasn’t until the late 1800s (much like hamburgers and hot dogs) that it was popularized (likely by German immigrants) in the United States. But German potato salad is made up of bacon, onion and vinegar — no mayonnaise was in the original recipe. Who came up with putting mayo in the potato salad we love to bring to 4th of July barbecues is a mystery, but its first mention in a cookbook was in the 1946 edition of The Joy of Cooking.

cherry-piePie Pie was likely served at the first Independence Day feast — both sweet and savory. Putting fruit or meat inside of pastry and baked can be traced as far back as 160 B.C. It was a way to preserve food to make it last for long journeys as well as portable. It’s no surprise that tradition dictates cherry or blueberry pie for our Independence Day parties — berries are in season on the 4th of July and they’re perfectly portable for a party.

We love all of our 4th of July traditions no matter where or when they started. And while like to keep tradition alive, there’s no reason we can’t start new traditions! Whether it’s a new side dish or an unconventional pie, you have the freedom to make up your own 4th of July recipes. It’s what our Founding Fathers wanted.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for 4th of July Products

patriotic-spinnerWe’re just a few weeks away from our nation’s birthday and we’re planning a big patriotic party! We want it to dazzle so we’ve picked out a few items to light up the night — we think you’ll like them, too! Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for 4th of July products.

American Garden Celebrate your patriotism with this Metal Americana Garden Decor. The navy blue, cream and rustic red colors give these pieces a classic, nostalgic look. Printed with the stars and stripes of the flag, the Triple Americana Bells progressively get bigger from bottom to top. A ring on the top makes it easy to hang anywhere the wind blows. Each of the “blades” on the Embossed Metal Pinwheel has 3-dimensional swirls that spin in the wind. Stakes easily into your yard.patriotic-garland

Festive Festoons Use this 9-Ft. Lighted Holiday Garland to dress your home with a festive look for every seasonal celebration. It’s made of tinsel that shimmers when the light hits it. Each strand of garland has 50 lights, a 24″ lead and 4″ end-to-end plugs that allow you to string multiple garlands together. Patriotic has red, white and blue lights throughout. Valentine’s Day garland has red lights and heart shapes. St. Patrick’s Day has green lights and shamrock cutouts. Easter features a multicolor pastel palette with pink, yellow and blue lights and bunny cutouts. outdoor-table

Portable Patriotism Take It Anywhere Outdoor Table is the ideal table for your summer journeys. Steel table keeps cocktails, sodas, snacks, BBQ servings and more nearby as you relax on a lawn chair, beach lounger or other outdoor furniture. Just stake it firmly in the ground or sand and you’re ready to enjoy your food or beverage. You can also use it as a spot for sunglasses, tanning lotion, books and more. Top handle makes it easy to transport and to pull out when you leave. checked-tablecloth

Patriotic Picnic Add some checkered charm to your everyday dining with a Country Check Tablecloth. The top has a large checkered pattmesh-servewareern with a small checkered border.

Star Spangled Serveware Effortlessly carry dinner essentials to the table with the Metal Mesh Serveware Collection. Start with the Utensil Caddy, which has 3 sections for knives, forks and spoons and a larger section for paper plates. It also has collapsible double handles for easy carrying. Add the Napkin Holder  with a weighted bar that keeps napkins in place outdoors. Carry food to the table on the Serving Tray with comfort handles on both sides.

3 Ideas for Patriotic Punch

mason-jar-giftsSunshine, fireworks and cookouts — the 4th of July is coming up and we’re planning fantastic backyard parties! We have the games and food all planned out, the only thing missing are the cool, refreshing drinks. And since it’s the 4th of July, a we think a good sparkling cocktail is in order. Here are 3 ideas for patriotic punch to serve at your 4th of July barbecue.

Red, White and Blue Brew For a simple punch with patriotic flare, vodka is a good base for the alcohol — you just have to give it color, garnish it well and make it sparkle.

  • 1-750 ml bottle vodka
  • 1/2-750 ml bottle sparkling wine
  • 1/2-750 ml bottle sweet white wine (Riesling or ice wine)
  • 1-750 ml bottle cranberry juice
  • 1/2-liter bottle 7up
  • Garnish: blueberries, strawberries or raspberries

In a punch bowl mix together the vodka, sweet white wine and cranberry juice. When your guests arrive, gently stir in the 7up and sparkling wine. Pour over a glass of ice to serve and add berries as garnish.

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Sparkling Watermelon Punch Nothing says summer like watermelon, but you don’t have to eat it to enjoy it! A watermelon can do double-duty as punch and punch bowl — which is convenient when you’re serving a crowd that you’ll later clean up after.

  • 1 large seedless watermelon
  • 1 750-ml bottle of vodka
  • 1/2 liter club soda
  • ½ sour Mix
  • Garnish: lime slices

Slice off the top of the watermelon — choose the side that makes the most sense as the top of a punch bowl. Scoop out the entire contents of the watermelon. In a blender, puree the watermelon until it’s smooth. Pour the puree through a fine sieve (strainer) to separate the juice from the pulp of the melon. Pour the juice back into the watermelon rind. Stir in the vodka and sour mix. When the guests arrive, stir in the club soda. Serve over a glass of ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

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Summer Rum Punch Of course, since it’s summer, we have to include a rum punch — there’s just something about the flavor and fragrance of rum that goes so well with sunshine and a backyard party. This one is simple and delicious.

  • 1-750ml bottle oz Dark Rum (Myers or similar)
  • 2 cups Lemon Juice
  • 2 ½  cups Orange Juice
  • 2 ½ cups  Pineapple Juice
  • ¾ cup Grenadine
  • ¾ cup Simple Syrup
  • ½ 750ml bottle club soda
  • Garnish: pineapple slices

In a punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the club soda and mix well. When guests arrive, stir in the club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a pineapple slice.

The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of ideas and products to make all of your parties spectacular! From patriotic outdoor serveware to holiday decor to make your home sparkle, shop Lakeside for great products at great prices.