Southern Celebration

Submitted by Christi

This past weekend, our community celebrated it’s 11th annual Red, White and Blue Festival. One of the fun events leading up to the festival was a decorating contest. People were encouraged to decorate their homes, businesses, cars, etc. in red, white and blue and submit photos to our local newspaper where readers could vote for their favorites. The contest was called “Paint the Town – Red, White and Blue.” Here are some of the fun results:

A local nursing home got in on the fun - by the way, they won the people's choice award.

a local bank

A local bank.

I love the bunting and flags on this home.

Another local business.

One of the festival's founders, Pat Ballard outside his home that is decorated in great red, white and blues.

The contest was a great way for everyone to get in the mood for the festival which is always held the last weekend in June. I’ll be sharing some other great photos this week. Can’t wait to show you the monkeys riding the dogs!

How are you transforming your place with red, white and blue this week? Bet you can get some great ideas at:

Metamorphosis Monday with Between Naps on the Porch

Today’s Lagniappe: Red White and Blue Pastry Cups
Something easy peasy and delicious!

Pepperidge Farms puff pastry shells, baked according to directions on box
Blueberries and sliced strawberries tossed with a little sugar or Splenda
Cool Whip

Place the blueberries and strawberries in the baked pastry shells and top with cool whip. Can it get any easier than that?


15 Responses to “Southern Celebration”

  1. Cheri Peoples Says:

    Hey lady. You made the number 1 spot. I know I am only supposed to visit the one before and after me but I broke the rules.

    Great RED WHITE AND BLUE. I decorated 4 Christmas trees on the front lanai in red white and blue and this guy came by the other day and said “do you know you have Chrsitmas Trees on your lanai. NO-REALLY.


  2. Jane F @ Atticmag Says:

    So great to see the r-w-b as it gets me in the mood to celebrate the 4th – my second favorite holiday. Fun post. Jane F.

  3. Victoria @ DesignTies Says:

    Things are looking very festive!
    We’re getting ready to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, so any decorations around here will be in red & white… no blue 😉
    Let the celebrations begin!

  4. Andrea Says:

    Hi there! cute blog! And what a charming town to have a contest like that! I wish my town would do something like that. 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays and I would love for the entire town to get involved. Hope you have a great week! ~Andrea

  5. Shelia Says:

    Oh, this sounds like a wonderful event in your town! Loved seeing all of the festively decorated spaces!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. Christie Says:

    This is so cute! I love the little cottage with the RW&B decorations! How fun! I remember growing up in Chapel Hill, NC and having fun parades (on our decorated bikes!)

    I have posted some wonderful cottages preparing for the 4th! Come visit me at Thanks!

  7. Melissa Miller Says:

    Beautiful ideas for the 4th! Love it! *Smiles*

  8. Carolleegail Says:

    I like this idea so much, I’m trying to get my neighbors and local business to do it on July 4th and Labor Day.
    My family, always, decorates for American holidays and, thanks to your idea, we will encourage others to do it as well

  9. Diane Says:

    Looks like a beautiful community. Love the last house Ü

  10. Joyce Says:

    What a fun time in your town!

  11. Laura Ingalls Gunn Says:

    How lucky you are to be apart of such a fabulous community!

  12. alexson Says:

    So lovely!

  13. Katie@Yoga Gal Says:

    Love all the red, white, and blue! We are having a cookout this weekend at our home, and I am hoping that I can use some of these ideas for decorating! If you have a free moment, I would love for you to come check out my blog- Yoga Gal. 😀

  14. Willow Decor Says:

    Great ideas!! I love decorating the outside of the house for the 4th! Such fun! Recipe looks yummy!!

  15. the Provident Woman Says:

    I love the house with all of the flags. We don’t have any to go our house yet, but we have little flags to line the driveway with.

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