Archive of ‘Entertain’ category

Make :: Simple Pineapple Centerpiece

pineapple centerpieceThis pineapple centerpiece makes me all-sorts-of-happy. On the heels of sharing my DIY 4th of July centerpiece idea, I bring you this simple summer centerpiece idea using a pineapple as a vase.

DIY pineapple centerpieceEverything for this project can be found on your next quick trip to the market. Pick up a pineapple in the produce section and grab your favorite bright bouquet from the floral department.

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DIY Fourth of July Centerpiece

4th of july party ideasThe 4th of July is almost here and if you’re looking for DIY party ideas, you’ll love this simple red, white, and blue centerpiece!

Fourth of July FlowersI’m a little obsessed with always having fresh flowers around and having fresh blooms for special occasions is a non-negotiable in my book. So when I learned about Blooms By The Box and their wholesale flower delivery I was really eager to try out their services. They promised fresh flowers at affordable prices and boy did they deliver! Their DIY 4th of July Backyard Party Pack arrived and was gorgeous!

My box arrived meticulously packaged (and cool!) full of  White Cushion Mums, Red Fancy Carnations, and the most stunning Dark Blue Delphiniums. I decided to put together a couple centerpieces — one for a little party decor and the other to give as a hostess gift.

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Entertaining Essentials for your Patio

I’ve been gearing up for a little summertime entertaining and once I created my go-to dinner party playlist, it was time to get a few new goodies for the yard. I love using fun pops of color in the summer and combining a few pieces with the natural and white pieces we use year-round. Here are a few things I picked up while treasure hunting at Pier1 Imports.

Summer Entertaining with Pier1

 

These are all must-have pieces in my book! You want guests to be comfortable and you don’t want to worry about broken dishes or stained furniture. No fuss, no worry entertaining is best! Check out their complete outdoor department — lots to choose from.

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Simple Tips :: Set Up a Buffet Table

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Setting up for a nice buffet might sound simple enough, though your efforts could very easily result in a display that looks more chaotic than clever. Avoid confusion and traffic jams in your buffet line by planning ahead. Eliminate the common sight of guests reaching for plates and back-tracking for utensils that they missed along the way.

Plates

Before your guests can begin to dish up their meal, they will need a plate. Stack plates at one end of the table so that guests have access to these first. Also, if you are using disposable plates remember to choose heavier ones so that the food actually stays on the plate and guests can easily carry them.

The Food

Serve dishes that your guests understand and recognize. If you decide to serve a dish that your guests may not be familiar with, create a place card so guests can easily identify the dish. Also, make sure each dish has a coordinating serving utensil so guests can easily (and quickly) dish up their food.

Servingware

At the other end of your buffet table (opposite of the plates), place the silverware. Only provide utensils that your guests will need to use. If a knife is not needed, don’t offer one. This will avoid confusion and lighten the carrying load for guests. To make the grab-and-go of the silverware a breeze, wrap each set up in one napkin and secure it with a piece of ribbon or twine. Condensing the utensils and napkin will make it easier for guests to carry their plates to their seats.

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Surprise Backyard Picnic

Picnic party ideas :: Thoughtfully Simple

This weekend, I was looking for a little way to carve out some special time with my youngest girl. The weather was perfect so I thought a surprise backyard picnic would be a fun way to spend a little one-on-one time together. Have a backyard picnic

Picnic party ideas :: Thoughtfully SimpleI filled up some pink and yellow balloons to give our picnic spot a little extra touch. I printed and attached the words “let’s have a backyard picnic” to one of the strings. When my daughter spotted the balloons, it put a huge smile on her face!

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