If you’re having a party for the 4th of July, you might also be thinking about whether or not you should take the time to decorate. We say, “Yes!” because the holiday is essentially a birthday celebration.

So, here are some tips to punch up the patriotic for your 4th of July party using inexpensive and reusable materials:

1. Flowers: If you already have red, white and blue containers that can safely house annual blooms, great. If not, no worries. Spray paint pots you already have, and head to your nearest garden center for plants with red, white and blue flowers. Group the pots together and place them outside. Or, take vases and fill them with cut flowers from the garden and use them as accents on the buffet table or as centerpieces down the center of the table.

2. Old Glory centerpiece: Create a colorful centerpiece celebrating our nation’s most enduring symbol. Wrap a tall, clear, plastic glass in red, white and blue ribbon or fabric and fill the glass with small, American flags. Vary the sizes of the flags to keep it visually interesting.

3. Dollar store delight: Your local dollar store is a treasure trove of holiday decorations. For a centerpiece that only costs $3 – and can be used for several years – use one each red, white and blue balloon weight either in a cluster in the center of the table or spread out down the middle. Buy a few and use them in clusters at each end of the table and on the buffet. From beads you can loop around light fixtures to bunting, and ribbon, the dollar store can help you deck out your digs for the 4th of July.