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Celebrate Independence Day with these Goodwill DIYs

When I think of the 4th of July, I envision our glorious flag and what it represents, booming fireworks and a laidback happy vibe. No matter where you are celebrating or how many people are involved, those are the top three things, I think, on everyone’s Independence Day celebration checklist. We don’t want you to miss out on the fun, so here are a few DIY ideas and tips to help you capture the atmosphere of the holiday without missing out on the good parts.

Let’s start off with one décor tip that will go a long way: Making your food pull double duty! Every event needs food. Whether you’re hosting a huge gathering or just preparing enough for your family, it’s easy to color code your foods to fit the theme. Arrange a red, white and blue dessert in a clear glass bowl (browse a wide variety of shapes and sizes at Goodwill for a great price) and use it as a centerpiece.

I love this idea from Country Living to organize silverware into mason jars with red, white, and blue bandanas. Every piece of this easy-to-assemble display can be thrifted and the best part is that you’ll be able to use them all after the event, too. There’s a secret satisfaction I get when I can assimilate seasonal décor into off-season functionality.

Since your very festive table is now set, and we’ve decided that our décor this year must be functional, let’s talk about attire! Having the clothing you wear contribute to the color scheme is a simple yet effective way to create a cohesive look without having to put a lot of time into party prep. Start by looking through your closet to see what you already have and head to Goodwill to round it out to make sure you are representing with red, white and blue.

While I enjoy celebrating our nation’s independence, I also want to mention my year-round independence inspiration: Goodwill. You may be a fan of thrift shopping because it’s less expensive and better for the environment, but did you know that when you shop at and donate to Goodwill you are supporting job training and other opportunities for people in your community? I can’t think of a better way to honor our nation’s birthday than to assist my neighbors in their efforts toward achieving the American Dream.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that believes in Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit www.goodwillncw.org.

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