Quick & Easy 4th of July Party Tips

If you too have been blindsided by July’s arrival, then you’re probably scrambling for party ideas for your 4th of July festivities. Hatchett Design Remodel is here to help! Our design teams in Newport News and Virginia Beach have come up with a few easy ideas that will put the patriotic in your party plans!

Front Entrance Decor

As in home design, decor sets the tone. Embrace the flag theme and carry it through every element of our party. For starters, guests should be greeted by old glory upon their arrival. If you don’t already have an American flag hanging from your home, now’s a good time to wave those stars and stripes.

4th of July Party Decor American Flag Front Porch
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Luminaries along the driveway, sidewalk and front stoop are a festive way to welcome your guests. All you need are mason jars, small American flags and battery operated votives (all of which can be found at your local dollar store).

4th of July Party Decor DIY Luminaries
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If you have a little time to commit to your porch decor, make a patriotic wreath for your front door. This clothespin wreath is simple and inexpensive to make. The wire wreath frame, twine, clothespins, spray paint and foam stars are all available at any craft store. We recommend spray painting the clothespins before assembly.

4th of July Party Decor Patriotic Wreath Front Door
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Backyard Decor

Most 4th of July parties spill over into the backyard, so don’t forget to decorate out there too. This balloon flag display is fun and super easy to replicate. If you’re using helium, attach each column of balloons to a single string tacked to the floor or tied to a weight. Then line them up next to each other to create the stars and stripes. If you don’t have helium, the balloons can be attached to a wall with tape or poster putty. Be sure to clean the surface of the wall so that the balloons stick.

4th of July Party Decor Balloons
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Patriotic Playlist

When it comes to parties, silence is NOT golden. You’ve gotta have good music to create the right mood. Let freedom ring by including these star spangled singles in your 4th of July playlist.

4th of July Party Playlist Patriotic Songs American Music
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Kid Activities

If you have little ones attending your soiree, you’re gonna need some games or activities to keep them entertained. This clever Snap, Crackle and Pop display has all the stuff kids love, and it doubles as decor. “Snap” fireworks are harmless and loud – kids love loud stuff. Sparklers are a 4th of July staple, so they are perfect for the “crackle”. Last but not least, little bottles of bubbles are the “pop”. Have at it, kiddos!

4th of July Party Kid Activities Sparklers Bubbles Snap Fireworks
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Now that the kids are covered, you need a little something special for the adults. This red, white and blue vodka lemonade slushy is a refreshing party pleaser that will help the grown ups beat the heat. It may look harder than it is, but be sure to follow the recipe carefully. It’s important to pour the heaviest red layer on the bottom, followed by the blue, top it off with the white, then enjoy responsibly!

4th of July Party Frozen Lemonade Vodka Cocktail
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Cheers! All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel wish you and yours a happy and safe 4th of July.

And when you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, we hope you reach out to us at our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach… remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Make Father’s Day All About Dad

There’s no way to even the score with Dad after all the soccer games, recitals, band concerts and awards ceremonies he sat through for you, but Father’s Day is an opportunity to do something just for him. Our team at Hatchett Design Remodel has a few suggestions of how you can make Father’s Day all about Dad.

Raise a Glass to Dad

The key to planning a perfect day for Dad is to focus on what he likes to do. If your dad has a taste for craft beer, then plan a brew tour for him.

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Hampton Roads is booming with local breweries from Williamsburg down to our Carolina border. Be sure to designate a driver or get an Uber.
The Great Outdoors
For outdoorsy dads, you could plan an overnight camping trip, take a hike, or get out on the water at any of these perfect paddling spots.
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If motorized water craft are more dad’s speed, you could charter a boat and take a fishing trip… or rent a couple of wave runners for the day.
Photo Credit AquaMan Sport Fishing Charters
Make a whole day on the water by chartering a boat for a fishing trip. Even if you don’t catch anything, it’s a great way to catch up with ol’ Dad.
Does dad like to golf? Then treat him to a round at a special course he rarely gets to play. If your skills aren’t up to par for a real round of golf, take dad to Top Golf in Virginia Beach.
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If y’all would rather spectate an event, the Tides are in this weekend at Harbor Park. It’s the Norfolk Tides versus the Charlotte Knights at 1:05pm on Sunday.
Weather Proof Plans
Sunday’s forecast is looking good right now, but it’s probably a good idea to have some indoor options in your back pocket. Competitive dads may enjoy a day of indoor racing.
Photo Credit iFLY Virginia Beach

While thrill seeking dads may like to try iFLY. It’s the rush without the risk that comes with jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.However you spend the day with Dad, enjoy your time together. Thanks for everything you do, Dad. Happy Father’s Day from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel!

Make Mother’s Day Special

If you haven’t already made a Sunday brunch reservation at your mom’s favorite restaurant for Mother’s Day, it’s probably too late. But don’t worry, Hatchett Design Remodel has a few suggestions of how to make the day special for your mother.

All too often, moms (and wives) sideline what they want to do in order to make time for what you want to do. Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to flip that dynamic.

Get Active with your Mother

If your mother loves to take yoga, spin or barre, go to a class with her. These are healthy activities for your bodies and your bond. Participating in an activity that your mom loves will mean the world to her.

Mother's Day, Mom, Yoga
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If a bike ride will make her day, saddle up and pack a picnic you can enjoy at your destination. Hampton Roads has many great bike trails including the Virginia Capital Trail in Jamestown, the Elizabeth River Trail in Norfolk and the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail in Chesapeake.

Let Mom Be Lazy

Is there a movie she’s been wanting to see? Let her pick the flick and spoil her with her favorite over-priced movie snacks.

If there’s nothing in the theater she wants to see, let her binge watch her favorite show on Netflix. And if you want to really blow her mind, clean the kitchen and bathrooms while she lounges in front of the TV.


Mother's Day, Mom, Kitchen, Clean
Photo Credit Jasper Designs “Tips for Designing Kitchens with Teenagers”
Keep Mom Out of the Kitchen

As much as mom does for you every day, it’s high time to return the favor. Let her read a book in peace while you make dinner… or let her sleep in while you fix breakfast in bed.

Mother's Day, Mom, Breakfast, In Bed, Kitchen, Recipes
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Check Off Mom’s To-Do List

Is there a project she’s been wanting to do but hasn’t had time to do it? Maybe she’s been meaning to pot flowers for the front porch or plant a summer vegetable garden. With this weekend’s forecast, Mother’s Day is the perfect day to help your mom with these types of projects… or better yet, do them for her!

The key to making Mother’s Day special for your mom is to focus on what makes your mom special. Think about what she likes and plan around that. Or take the things she does for you and do them for her for a change. However you decide to spend the day with Mom, we know she’ll love it. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Hatchett Design Remodel!