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Labor Day RWB Party Ideas

Since we dedicated yesterday’s blog to an all white Labor Day party, we’re coming back today with a more colorful party idea for Labor Day weekend (also known as LBW)! Did you know Labor Day (along with Memorial Day and 4th of July) is also synonymous with red, white, and blue?

Today, we’re going to share with everyone more red, white, and blue party ideas for Labor Day. Don’t forget to check out our 4th of July posts earlier in the summer as well for even more RWB party ideas!


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Since we already went all out for 4th of July with the red, white, and blue, we’re loving the toned down elements for Labor Day. One more day until the start of LBW!

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Cool Party Decor Ideas Using Balloons

As long as we can remember, balloons were one of our favorite parts about decorating for a party. Not only are they easy to find in every color imaginable, but they’re also fun for the kids to play with (or even us adults, too)!

Though balloons only require helium and a string, there are so many ways out there to that can take regular balloons to the next level. We’re going to share some cool (and different) balloon decorating ideas in today’s blog today, perfect for any summer party (or birthday party)!


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Turn an ordinary balloon into a mini hot air balloon with a basket and netting.


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Balloons make fun bubble looking decorations for a refreshments bar.


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Make floating ice cream cones for a summer ice cream party with pastel balloons.


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Tie a party invitation or a note onto a small helium filled balloon for a surprise!


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Different colored balloons can make fun fruit decorations for summer.

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If you need balloons, we carry a party pack of balloons on HomeSeasons.com perfect for decorating!

Aren’t these ideas fun? We especially love the whimsical hot air balloon decoration! Let us know which of these ideas are your favorite!

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Protecting Our Skin from the Summer Sun

We love spending time under the sun in the summer, but while it may be all fun and games, we have to make sure we do so safely. This is when preparation ahead of time comes in handy! There’s nothing worst than being caught under the blazing heat without proper supplies.

In today’s post, we’re going to share with you a few skin protecting tips to enjoy the summer sun safely. Some of these tips may seem obvious to the typical summer adventurer, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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Learn about SPF – SPF stands for sun protection factor. The number helps you calculate how many minutes you can be protected under the sun.

Know the difference between sunscreen and sunblock – Sunscreen and sunblock are not the same. Sunscreen filters the harmful rays. Sunblock reflects the rays away from the skin. Depending on your skin type and sun protective needs, choose the one for your lifestyle.

Use enough sunscreen/sunblock lotion – Don’t skimp on the protective lotion. Wear enough lotion to fully cover all exposed areas of skin. Don’t forget the tops of ears, the hairline, under the chin, behind the neck, and other areas that are often forgotten.

Reapply protective lotion– Reapply sunscreen/sunblock after you’ve been in the water, or after doing vigorous activity. Choose a waterproof version for longer wear during water activities.

Avoid the sun during peak hours – Avoid outdoor activities during the peak hours, where the sun shines the brightest. This time is usually around 10am-4pm, varying between different locations.

Indoor sun – Harmful rays can easily pass through windows. Wear protective lotion when you are sitting by a window indoors.

These tips are meant to be ideas on how to have a safer summer under the sun. For more information, always refer to your doctor or dermatologist. We hope everyone will continue to have a safe and fun summer!

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4th of July Recap + Summer Bucket List

We hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July celebration yesterday, because we sure did! We saw one of the best firework shows we’ve seen in a while at our local city park. It lasted a whole 40 minutes, with an amazing finale that left us all ooh-ing and ahh-ing until the end!

With 4th of July celebrations behind us, summer is now in full swing! We’re back post-4th of July with more fun ideas to share:  a summer bucket list! Here’s our list of must-do’s this summer that we can’t wait to get started on!

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  • Build a sandcastle at the beach
  • Ride a rollercoaster at the pier
  • Have a backyard bbq
  • Visit a zoo &/or aquarium
  • Make our own ice cream & snow cone
  • Visit a dog park
  • Take a nature hike
  • Wake up early to see the sunrise
  • Check out a local swap meet and flea market
  • Visit the observatory

With a list this long, we better get started! Share with us some of the items on your summer bucket list in the comments below (we might try some of your ideas)! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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4th of July Patriotic Party Tablescapes

Don’t have time to decorate a whole space for a 4th of July party? A patriotic tablescape is the perfect solution. If you’re crunched for time, all you need to do is decorate the buffet or refreshments table for instant decor!

Since you’re only going to decorate a small area, you have our full blessing to go all out with the decorations! Bring out all the red, white, and blue! We found many ideas that we think will inspire you to recreate your own patriotic tablescapes. Keep reading for our favorite ones!

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See how a fully decorated tablescape is all you need for party decor if you’re crunched for time? Instead of decorating a whole room or porch, take the time you have to fully invest in decorating a small focal point, such as the buffet or refreshments table.

4th of July is TWO days away! What are some of your plans for Independence Day 2013? Let us know in the comments below!

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Fun Ways to Serve Fruit on 4th of July

This weekend has definitely been one of the hottest we’ve had all year. With 4th of July coming up this week, we have to prepare ourselves for the scorching heat! Though sodas and juices are always party favorites for thirst quenchers, they are filled with sugars and artificial flavoring.

This is why we love fruit for the summer. Not only does it refresh with natural flavors and sugars, it’s also good for you too! In today’s blog, we’re going to share with everyone a few fun ideas to serve fruit for 4th of July! With displays like this, no one will miss the soda!

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We feel refreshed just looking at the pictures! If you’re hosting a 4th of July party outdoors this year, these fruit tray ideas are perfect to try (and enjoy without guilt)!

4th of July is only 3 days away! We’ve been posting 4th of July party decor ideas for the past month, so if you’re stumped for ideas, free free to browse our blog for more ideas!

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4th of July Pinterest & Tumblr Posts

For the past few months, we’ve been collecting pins and tumblr posts all about summer and 4th of July. From the feedback we received (hello new subscribers!), we think you guys have been enjoying the posts!

For those of you who haven’t visited our Pinterest and Tumblr page, now is the time to check it out! We’ve been pinning almost daily to bring everyone fun party and home decor ideas to try for the upcoming 4th of July parties and summer decor. Here’s a sneak peek of our updated HomeSeasons Pinterest boards!hsblog

Our Tumblr is updated almost daily too!

hsblogIf you’re hosting a 4th of July party next week and is stumped for ideas, we hope our Pinterest and Tumblr page can give you some inspiration! Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay hydrated, because we’re expecting a scorcher!

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