Pretty In Pink On The Patio

Looks like we’re a go (officially) for summer fun in the sun fetes,  celebrations, and gatherings sitting pretty in pink on the patio.

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Summer colors radiate a luminous sense and feel of happiness and cheer.

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The Frances Collection – One Kings Lane

Inspiration follows, and this is where the fun begins.

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Cobbler’s Cove Hotel

A pretty in pink on the patio outdoor space visually draws the eye and stunningly communicates come for the style, stay for the view.

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McCann Design Group

Simplicity is the calling card of summer making it a sublime backdrop for mixing and mingling with friends and family in the good old summertime.

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Anthropologie

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Rich.

Deep.

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Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Cabana

Bright.

Fresh.

Fun.

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Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Umbrella

Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Umbrella

Color your world in shades of pink in style and in the shade for summer.

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HGTV – Tria Giovan

Warm summer days into summer evenings spent on the patio rejuvenate mind and body, serving as the optimum sit, sip, dine and dance in the moonlight opportunity to recharge your battery.

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Ballard Designs

Cozy is the desired result of the summer experience, and is fetchingly achieved through tactile and visual details.

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Vandervort 75.4” Long Reclining Single Chaise

Lighting is an essential part of setting the mood and the tone of a space, and when nature flips the switch it’s magic.

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Paper Lanterns

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IKEA

Seems the iconic sign of summer lawn and garden kitschy chic may quite possibly be the pink lawn flamingo.

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Invented in 1957 by American artist and sculptor Don Featherstone, the pink lawn flamingo continues to be synonymous with summer fun.

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Midwest Living

Summer flower gardens grant the extra added bonus of fresh bouquets of color rich summer blooms.

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Midwest Living

Mosquitoes can ruin that patio retreat vibe in no time.

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Extra force against nature is required in the fight against mosquitoes.

We depend on our Thermacell lantern to light the night and kick mosquito butt, but pretty on the patio is not one of its qualities.

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Gardenista – Photo by Justine Hand

I ordered (love curbside pickup!) two of these white flower citronella candles from Walmart at the beginning of pretty in pink on the patio season, and between the two working together our patio days into evening sitting sessions remain mosquito free.

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The Cottage Journal – Photography by Mark Lohman
Styling by Sunday Hendrickson

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Washington Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall

Wicker is a summer classic, and this vintage wicker chair is calling my name.

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Better Homes & Gardens Palm Outdoor Toss Pillow

Pink and green palm anything captures the classic Palm Beach-Bay-Springs look of summer.

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Rose Gingham Dream Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow

Currently catching my eye is the color, texture, and pattern trifecta of pink gingham, classic black and white, and a palace urn motif.

C&F Home Colonial Williamsburg 14" x 18" Palace Urns Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Throw Pillow

C&F Home Colonial Williamsburg Palace Urns Indoor/Outdoor Throw Pillow

Summer entertaining and patio decorating go hand in hand with setting a simple yet elegant summer inspired tablescape.

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Southern Lady Magazine

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Garden Roses 15oz 2-Wick Candle White

Premium Floral Collection Harper & Violet Garden Roses 2-Wick Candle

On-trend decoristas have got this hot hostess style fashionista thing down pat.

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Finefetti Sandals by Kate Spade

Pink portable waterproof wireless speakers let the sweet summer music play on the patio.

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Portable Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, Mini Stereo Bass, Pink

I’m not embarrassed to admit I strive to create a big look for little money.

Light Banana Leaves Removable Wallpaper

Light Banana Leaves Removable Wallpaper

An inexpensive pair of outdoor curtains embellished with trim, tassels, and tiebacks is a super chic way to zhuzh up your outdoor space.

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Celebrating the moments of your outdoor living life with a cool refreshing beverage is always a good idea.

Summer Cobbler Cocktail

Southern Living

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Popsicles and champagne come together to make Summer’s Sweetest Sparkling Sipper.

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Rose Lemonade

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Domino

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Simple touches refresh and impress.

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Putting together pretty in pink on the patio place settings is a summer breeze.

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Elaine Griffin Sea Island Garden Party – Photography by Julia Lynn

Acrylic and melamine tablewares give good style at a great price point.

Summer outdoor plates-glassware

Destination Summer Vintage Embossed Highball Glass in Pink
Calder 17 oz. Acrylic Drinking Glass (Set of 4)
Lillian 12 oz. Acrylic Goblet (Set of 4)
 Modern. Southern. Home.™ Set of 4 Lime Melamine Dinner Plates

Pink Round Placemats Celebrate It™, 4ct.

Pink Round Placemats Celebrate It™, 4ct.

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Hobby Lobby

Roasted Beet & Blueberry Salad

Roasted Beet & Blueberry Salad

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Cherry-Limeade Popsicles

Summer has arrived, and with it comes ample opportunities to kick your sandals off and enjoy a sunny afternoon into moonlit evening sitting pretty in pink on the patio.

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A Picnic Basket Full Of Summer Picnic Tips

Summer wastes no time revealing its intended purpose, one of which is to go forth and enjoy the season of warm temps, cool waters and fun in the sun times practicing stylish and safe picnic tips.

Olli Ella Rattan Picnic Basket

Olli Ella Rattan Picnic Basket

Packing a picnic meal and heading out to a fun in the sun destination is a time-honored tradition; a simple activity most of us have engaged in and enjoyed during the good old summertime.

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Working with a basic get the job done picnic of white paper plates- hamburgers-hot dogs-plastic throw away cups-pass me the bug spray- aluminum webbed lawn chairs passed down from grandma’s summer to yours picnic theme has worked for years because it works.

Melamine Picnic Plates - Set Of 4

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DII Rustic Farmhouse Throw Blanket with Tassels

You know what else works?

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Country Living Magazine – Photo by John Kernick

Stylish and delicious alternatives to the traditional, reinterpreted vintage or in the style of vintage wares, and simple yet elegant accents perfect for creating a posh picnic.

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Blue & White Floral Paper Plates- Set of 8

Play with your food and see what edible centerpiece magic you can create.

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Fresh wildflowers from the field or the famers market flower truck pretty up a picnic table or blanket.

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Fun in the day and stylishly useful to light the night, picnic lighting options such as gingham paper lanterns, solar powered LED landscape path lights, and solar powered LED flameless candle lanterns set a comfy scene.

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Mainstays Column Solar Powered LED Path Light and Landscape Light, Black Plastic (6-Pack)

For $5.00+tax you can light your picnic space up with a 6-pack (not that kind of lit) solar powered LED landscape path lights from Walmart.

Battery Powered Integrated LED Outdoor Floor Lamp

Solar Powered LED Outdoor & Indoor Flickering Flameless Candle Lantern

A red and white checkered print tablecloth drapes the picnic table in an instantly recognizable summer classic.

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Layer the look with summer themed table and serveware in a picnic friendly mix and match of melamine.

Set Of 4 Delft Pottery Melamine Dinner Plates

Set Of 4 Delft Pottery Melamine Dinner Plates

These Riviera Beach Club plates are so summer picnic chic!

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Riviera Beach Club Appetizer Plates 4 Pack

Disposable drives the easy express, and today’s options are super cute.

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Coastal or oceanside beaches provide a picturesque picnic point for sure, but not all that picnic are blessed with this location option.

Folding Rattan Beach Chair

Folding Rattan Beach Chair

Options are always good, and imaginations adapt well to an entertaining challenge.

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Martha Stewart – Photo by Pernille Loof

Have backyard, will picnic is the summer picnic spot of choice offering entertaining options for a casual affair for two or a take it up a notch nosh set for friends and family.

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Indian Creek Recreation Area

Local recreation areas and state parks provide picnic sites and man-made beaches – a summertime fun in the sun requirement.

Picnic Tips 101

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Easy is a picnic must.

Packing your picnic goods from vehicle to table becomes a much easier trek with this inexpensive folding sports wagon.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Academy Sports + Outdoors Folding Sports Wagon with Removable Bed

Great option, too.

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Urban Outfitters

Summer activities should be relaxing, carefree, easy, and safe.

Hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, a roll or two of paper towels, and a mild mix of dish soap and warm water in a spray bottle will get you where you need to be in the fight against summer picnic cooties.

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For a chilled picnic me up during and after your outdoor soiree, include a chilled package of cucumber and mint facial wipes zipped up in a zippered storage bag in your cold drinks cooler.

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Refrigerate a package of cucumber and mint facial wipes the night before and bring along for a deliciously fragrant and instantly cooling refresher course.

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Speaking of fresh mint, fresh mint ice cubes add a minty fresh kick to picnic beverages.

Place gently rinsed fresh mint leaves into each individual square of the ice cube tray.

Fill each square with water.

Pop ice cube tray into freezer until cubes are frozen solid.

Food Safety

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Martha Stewart-Photo by Kate Mathis

Food safety and temperature regulation is key to picnic safety.

Fill empty, clean 2 liter soda bottles, milk containers, or a trio of water bottles ½ full with water (allow for expansion).

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Place bottles in the freezer the day before your picnic.  Use the frozen bottles to aid in keeping cooler items cold.

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Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Blaine Moats

Food poisoning temperatures range between 40°F and 140°F.

Perishable foods should be kept at or below 40°F.

Hot foods should be kept at or higher than 140°F.

Make sure meats are cooked to a safe internal temperature.

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The Poultry Site

The mix and mingle rule of fun does not apply to picnic food and beverages.

I highly suggest using 2 coolers; one for beverages and the other for perishable food items.

Wait until just before leaving home to pack perishable foods in the cooler.

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Day Heavy Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue

Coleman 62 Quart Xtreme 5 Day Heavy Duty Cooler with Wheels, Blue

Place cooler in a shaded area, and use a refrigerator thermometer to check and verify the temperature inside the cooler remains at or below 40°F.

After each picnic use be sure to wash out your coolers with hot, soapy water.

TRUTEMP Fridge Freezer Thermometer

Throw away food left out for more than two (2) hours.

On a day where the outdoor temperature is 90°F or above, I would exercise extreme caution by throwing away any food that has been out for more than one (1) hour.

‘Tis better picnic safe than picnic sorry.

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My Recipes

simple but elegant

Refrigerator Garden Pickles

Refrigerator Garden Pickles

Ingredients

6 cups sugar

6 cups white vinegar

¼ cup celery seed

¼ cup mustard seed

2 tablespoons canning salt

10 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces

3 medium cucumbers, sliced

3 medium sweet red peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 large onions, halved and sliced

1 bunch green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions

In a Dutch oven, combine the first 5 ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
Pour hot liquid over vegetables; cool.

Transfer to jars, if desired; cover tightly.  Refrigerate for 6-8 hours before serving.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Makes 7 pints.

-Taste of Home

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herbs

Grilled summer vegetables in foil packets make an easy and tasty best of the season side dish.

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Include a fruit and snack board or tray with items that place the emphasis on summer fresh and filling without fear of spoilage or the dreaded sugar high.

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Hey kids, who can name the cities on the cutting board?

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Chunky Seagrass Woven Serving Tray by Threshold

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Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Honey Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

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Cracker Jack Pretzel Treats – Photo by Brian Woodcock

 

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“It just wouldn’t be a picnic without the ants.”

 —Author Unknown

Everspring dish soaps

Mix up a simple 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.

Add a couple of drops of dish soap and you have an excellent solution to an ant situation.

Simply spray the ant invaded area with the mix, wait a few minutes, then resume your picnic activities ant free.

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent

Food tents and domes keep the fresh in, the flying and crawling visitors out.

Mesh & Wood Food Dome - Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Mesh & Wood Food Dome – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Fresh watermelon at a market

Cut and cart your watermelon wedges or slice on-site.

Novelty Watermelon Cooler Bag

Novelty Watermelon Cooler Bag

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Avoid cross contamination by never using the same knife used for cutting raw meat, poultry, or seafood to chop or slice fruits and vegetables.

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Aluminum foil makes a great grill or pot scrubber.

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An onion makes a super easy grill cleaner, too!

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Get the grill really hot (be careful!) in order to burn off any food leftover on the grills from previous use.

Stick an onion half on the end of a grilling fork.  A heavy-handed spray of lemon juice or vinegar will assist with its acidity in super cleaning off the grills.

Onions have natural antibacterial properties, and that’s a good thing especially in these times.

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Pour vegetable or olive oil onto a couple of paper towels or clean cloth, place between tongs and wipe down the grill to prevent sticking.

Vegetable or olive oil works best.  Cooking spray burns too easy and will compromise the flavor of the meat.

craft-paper-brownCraft or butcher paper makes a great disposable table cover.

Roll it out.

Roll it up.

Toss it in the trash.

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Knowing what we now know about overexposure to the sun proves we’ve all come a long way, sun babies.

Sunscreen now prevents sun scream later.

If you find yourself overly sun kissed keep calm and moisturize on!

First, refrigerate a bottle of vinegar, preferably apple cider vinegar.

Cold vinegar applied to the burn will ease the pain of the burn.

A 20 minute soak in a cool bath with 1 cup of baking soda added to the water will calm and sooth skin.

Allow your skin to air dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.

All the Buzz

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Pinterest

Burn a bundle of fresh sage or rosemary over charcoal to help keep mosquitos and other bugs away.

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Citronella candles- the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mosquito defeater.

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Pack a picnic basket full of summer picnic tips and celebrate summer down by the lazy river, on the beach, at a local recreation area, or in your own backyard with family and friends.

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Lost in America

It is one of the best parts of summer!

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A Most Fetching Friday: Keeping Cool

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday serves as a friendly reminder of the importance of keeping cool in the intense summer heat. Our internet service failed to connect us to the world wide web this past Wednesday morning and as of this posting remains spotty.  Ugh!

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Work crews from AT&T have graced the Places In The Home compound with their skilled and professional presence over the last two days. Knowing the importance of staying hydrated and keeping cool in the fight against heat exhaustion, I keep a steady supply and variety of bottle waters on hand for the postman, landscape crews, and utility workers.

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The heat is on in these intense summer days making it necessary for those who work and play outdoors to do what it takes to reduce the risks of associated with the unforgiving combination of heat and humidity.

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One does want a hint of style.

 

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Keeping cool is key when working or playing outdoors in the summer. Stay cool, hydrated, sun protected and heat exhaustion educated in these fun in the summer sun months.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Grilled to Perfection Delicious Inspiration

Today’s Fetching Friday features grilled to perfection delicious inspiration for your outdoor living entertaining ideas pleasure.

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adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

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Grilled Salmon with Dijon and Dill Creamed Pea Sauce

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Grilled Flatbreads with Mushrooms, Ricotta and Herbs

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Grilled Portofino Vegetable Antipasto

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Grilled Tandoori Chicken

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 Grilled Shrimp with Fresh Cranberry Salsa

grilled-stone-fruit-almond-mascarpone-dip Grilled Stone Fruit with Almond Mascarpone Dip

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Summer’s Almost Here Happy Dance: Outdoor Living Entertaining

It the let’s take the all things house that make a home party outside shall we time of year!

Go ahead, take a moment to bask in the sunlight of your summer’s almost here happy dance.

Numbers show the benefits of outdoor living and entertaining ranks high in the areas of energy and well-being.

I love this time of year when the hot summer days and nights meet hot styles and cool looks of the outdoor living entertaining decorative accessories season.

Our Canadian snowbird son will be moving to a new house in a couple of months which means dialing and styling consultations, suggestions, tips and what do you think of this for our outdoor living space is in high demand.

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Curb and yard appeal primps and preps the outdoor living entertaining area for the season.

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The outdoor living loyal take outdoor living seriously.  The how we utilize our outdoor living spaces is an interesting fact.

Outdoor Spaces by the Numbers

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to outdoor living decorative accessories, I want comfortable, durable, lasting, and affordable style that stands up to the season.

Patio, porch, terrace, balcony, rooftop and deck accessories must pass the past one season test.

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Style is important, but if the big ticket items such as outdoor furniture and performance fabrics can’t withstand the elements or normal outdoor living wear and tear, what do you have?

A repeatable, avoidable and unnecessary expense.

Outdoor furniture and accessories made from treated wood, weather-resistant plastic, aluminum and wrought iron products are the preferred material choice in the get the most bang for your buck game.

Cambridge 4pc All Weather Wicker Convo SetCambridge 4pc All Weather Wicker Convo Set

SunGuard UV Protectant for garden decor comes with four star customer reviews.

I have not purchased or used this product, but if it delivers on its promise to protect all types of outdoor decor, furniture and garden accents against fading, peeling and cracking caused by the sun and harsh weather conditions it makes the gotta have it list.

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Outdoor living spaces share a design commonality with their interior living spaces counterpart- essential pops of robust color.

From mosquito repelling lavender, geranium and rosemary plants and garden fragrant blooms, seasonal keep it summer simple sensation eats and outdoor lovin’ decorative accessories, the spring and summer outdoor living entertaining season presents us with a brilliant and bold opportunity to color our world.

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Threshold™ Tear Drop String Lights

A fire pit tops the millennial homeowner’s gotta have it list for outdoor living function, comfort and style.

According to a Casual Living Millennial Outdoor survey, Millennials, singles and couples consider the most integral outdoor living entertaining products to be the five-piece dining set, grill and chat set.

Rocksprings 30″ Wide LP Square Fire Table

Our son, a millennial homeowner, explains to us, his Southern fried and humidity steamed parents, why a fire pit will be in his outdoor living space future.

“Guys, it’s not Louisiana.  It’s Canada.  We use a fire pit year round.”

Well that explains that.

 S’mores anyone?

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How about an artisan wood-fired pizza baked in a blue fish terracotta pizza oven?

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Blue Fish Terracotta Pizza Oven

Don’t forget to apply sun protection with an SPF of Stylish Parasol Fun.

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Save On Crafts

Place a bundle of these butterfly adorned paper parasols from Save-on-Crafts in a super cute decorative container or basket for sun and heat sensitive guests to use.

Other options include summer soiree parting favors or focal point decorations.

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Style Me Pretty

One of the best pieces of outdoor living entertaining advice I can give is to keep the theme, design, food and drink menu super summer simple!

I’m convinced more and more the move toward the trend of taking purchased prepared foods to the next level via the presentation factor is a gift from the outdoor living entertaining powers that be and your local grocery store and farmers market.

The eyes set the “seen” when it comes to food, and easy always makes the perfect party guest.

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Add a splash of nostalgia to your outdoor living decor with vintage or vintage inspired accessories.

Galvanized Retro-Themed Beverage Dispenser-Cooler 

Gosh, this vintage tin cooler evokes memories of summers spent in East Tennessee at my paternal grandparent’s house.

Granddaddy stocked the basement with a generous supply of original Coca-Cola (cold cola as they called it) in the small glass bottles.

In fact, when the formula changed to “new Coke” he saved my brother and me a carton of the original Coke.

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I still have mine to this day, and wouldn’t take a million dollars for this priceless memento.

Like a scene straight out of The Andy Griffith Show, we loved sitting out on the front steps sipping ice-cold original formula Coke (cold cola as my Tennessee family members say) watching the fireflies light up the summer night.

Everything’s better with Coke.

And summer.

And memories.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Our latest eBay search for project materials brought forth open tabs and mounds, let me look at this one thing patience, and a DIY recipe for Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub.

More on that point later in the post. Dave the Builder is not used to with unorthodox way of treasure hunting.

Assuring Dave I am able to walk and chew gum at the same time, I jumped around the pages of eBay with expert keyboard precision.  

As Dave measured and mulled his decisions, I searched and made a decision of my “own” to click Buy It Now on this darling vintage pottery creamer. 

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Pattern, texture and color guide the selection process of interior design, decorating and home decor accents and accessories.

Take as an example the PTC value of this creamer.

The pattern is unique as far as corn pottery patterns go, the texture is raised in matte perfection, and the color trio of pink, green and worn over time white blend together to create subtle soft tones.

Add to the mix the vivid childhood memory of a similar creamer my Mother once owned and a curiosity piece match made in collectibles heaven.

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Presentation and placement is key when selling an item.

Stores know it, sites know it, and decoristas know it.

It’s the package that sells the product, and the placement that delivers the decorative oomph.

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Home decor accessories and accents placed in unexpected spaces and used in unusual ways make for the most interesting conversation pieces.

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I am constantly arranging and rearranging smalls to create vignettes and focal point displays.

The quickest way to combat decorative complacency is to design and decorate outside the lines.

A vintage creamer is repurposed as a cosmetic caddy, a porcelain bone dish finds new life as a jewelry holder, and an antique silver powder jar becomes a Mother’s Day gift filled with the latest recipe from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub is a pampered treat perfectly timed for the summer mani and sandal pedi season.

It is also a wonderful foot scrub! Coconut oil is all the beauty rage, and is well represented in this homemade scrub for its softening ability.

For the hands:

Dampen hands with tepid water.  Apply the citrus sugar hand scrub and gently massage in a circular movement to exfoliate and renew skin. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat dry. Complete the at home spa experience by applying your favorite hand cream to seal in the moisture and protect.

For the feet:

Soak feet in warm water for approximately five (5) minutes in order to soften the skin.  Apply citrus sugar hand scrub to each foot and work in circular motions to properly exfoliate. Rinse feet with tepid water and gently dry with a towel.

Feet will be soft and moisturized so watch your step!

Now is the time to try out those new summer flip-flops or spa socks to prevent doing the twist and d#*! that hurts shout.

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Citrus Sugar Hand Scrub

Ingredients

½  cup raw sugar

½  cup coarse salt

½ cup melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 medium-size lemon = approximately 1 tablespoon of lemon zest)

1 tablespoon orange zest

several drops favorite essential oil

Directions

Mix all ingredients together until combined.

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Spoon citrus sugar hand scrub into container of choice and seal tightly.

This scrub is best suited for use on the hands and feet, and is good for use for up to one month.

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Lilly In April For May

Everything is right on Target for graduation and Mother’s Day gifts fresh in Lilly Pulitzer colors bright and pattern right.  The limited edition Lilly Pulitzer collection for Target will be available April 19th.  Can you tell I’m excited about this collection?   I read this fabulous remark the other day and found it to hit the bullseye.  The cure for spring fever is spring shopping.

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I have several selections from the Lilly look book in mind for our son’s girlfriend who is graduating from university next month and a special Mother’s Day gift recipient on my the gift is in the giving list.  Allow me to share with you my favorites from the collection.

 

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For chic summer evenings ~

 

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-women_embroidered-clutch---goldEmbroidered Clutch ~ Gold

 

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For a touch of Pulitzer Pattern on the Patio ~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_drinking-glasses---set-of-4Drinking Glasses ~ set of 4

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-glass-hurricane-candle-holder---nosie-posey-10Nosie Posey Glass Hurricane Candle Holder  

 

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For the after graduation getaway or summer beach vacation~

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Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_beach-towel---giraffing-me-crazyGiraffing Me Crazy Beach Towel

 

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For the home~

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-home_napkins-with-pom-pom-trim---set-of-4Set of 4 Napkins with Pom Pom Trim

Lilly-Pulitzer-target-ceramic-mugs-with-gold-caddy---set-of-4

Ceramic Mugs with Gold Caddy

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Nosie Posey Floor Cushion

 

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Mark you calendars for the arrival of the Lilly Pulitzer Collection for Target gift ideas.

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Summer Soiree Patriotic Party Ideas

These patriotic party ideas range from color rich decorations to delicious food and beverage recipes to beat the summer heat party essentials and a few home decor items for year round indoor and outdoor use thrown in for good measure.

“Just another American Saturday night.”
— Brad Paisley 

Not only is the The 4th of July the quintessential summer celebration of freedom, this year it is the summer holiday that keeps on giving, complete with a three day weekend.

Talk about a host/hostess gift of the very best kind!

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Are you ready to take the party outdoors with this summer outdoor fun with patriotic party ideas?

Well then, let’s get the summer soiree-outdoor living-patriotic party ideas party started.

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Southern Living  
Photo by Hector Manuel Sanchez – Styling by Frances Bailey 

I’ve gathered pretty, delicious, summer essential, and red, white and blue themed decorating, entertaining and tablescape goodies for your summer holiday and summer for the fun of it party ideas gotta have it list.

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Southern Living – Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

This patriotic party ideas picnic basket is packed with color rich decorations to delicious food and beverage recipes to beat the summer heat party essentials to a few home decor items for year round use thrown in for good measure.

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Foodiesfeed- Nicely Served Burgers

Keeping guests cool and comfortable is an essential element of outdoor living party in the USA.

The only thing you want hot is the look, the style, the music, the grill, and the decor.

Lasko Cool Colors 3-Speed Box FanLasko Cool Colors 3-Speed Box Fan

Don’t try to be a hot and humid hero.

Plug in and cool off.

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A blue box fan and a red extension cord will do just that, and the color combination is patriotic party ideas smashing.

Porch Flag Canvas Art Print

Call me old-fashion, but it isn’t summer without a summer sittin’ session on the porch, deck, patio, balcony, or just out in the yard.

No pool?

No problem.

Connect a water hose to a fun summer themed sprinkler, and let the cool summer times roll, you crazy kids.

Mega watermelon yard sprinkler

I like to celebrate in patriotic colors, but tablewares and serveware in classic summer colors and themes will stand up for use at other holiday and entertaining events.

Bradshaw Good Cook Corn Trays (Set of 4)Bradshaw Good Cook Corn Trays (Set of 4)

Totally Bamboo State Shaped Bamboo Cutting Board

Baseball is a beloved summer sport, and even though there’s no live games this particular summer, you can still celebrate the game.

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My dad, top row in the middle – Denver, Colorado 1952

Baseball Ball Planter

“Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet,
they go together in the good ol’ USA.”

Fill a baseball theme container with blooming flowers or greenery fresh from nature’s arts and crafts store (your yard).

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Ears of fresh corn with the husks slightly peeled back in order to expose the corn kernels grouped in threes and tied with woven ribbon of your color, pattern and texture choice or metallic twisted rope is another fresh centerpiece idea.

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Mini watermelons on a natural table runner of Pittosporum paired with Lemon Lime Nandina is yet another summer simple and summer chic centerpiece option.

Summer chic.

Affordable.

Eye catching.

Baseball Wood Wall DecorHit a charcuterie or cheese board home run with this Baseball Wood Wall Decor piece from Hobby Lobby.

Pop off the sawtooth hanger on the back so the piece will be lay even when flat.

The piece measures 13″ in diameter making it a good fit for a serving board.

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Using small bowls and platters to house your cheeses, nuts, fruits, and meats will keep the board base clean and eliminate any cross contamination to the food from the finish.

Ready to go summer favorites highlight the summer chillin’ & grillin’ menu.

lobster-ready-to-cookHow to Cook Lobster Instructions from Better Homes & Garden

classic-lobster-rollsClassic Lobster Rolls recipe from Country Living Magazine.

Brined, Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

This easy recipe for Brined, Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob from Victoria Magazine sounds so summer good!

Click HERE for recipe.

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 Delish- Photo by John Komar

Rocket Jello Shots with a pop of color and adult beverage kick.

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Midwest Living – Photo by Carson Downing

This Cherry Brownies a la Mode recipe from Midwest Living is chocolate cherry ice cream dessert perfection in a bowl.

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I don’t have any proof of this other than the pounds gained over the season from eating these things, but I do believe it’s safe to say that S’mores are the official dessert of summer.

This recipe from Country Living Magazine for S’mores is stacked with variety, and that only add more yum to a classic.

Ignore the calorie count, add an extra couple of miles to your walk or run, and dive in.

Strawberry S’mores

Chips Ahoy! cookies

Toasted marshmallows

Sliced strawberries

Chocolate S’mores 2.0

Chocolate wafer cookies

Cinnamon-dusted toasted marshmallows

Milk chocolate squares

Peanut Butter S’mores

Graham crackers

Dark chocolate squares

Toasted marshmallows

Sliced bananas

Creamy peanut butter

Assemble your s’mores and enjoy.

-Country Living Magazine

cleansing strawberry detox water

Strawberry Detox Water recipe from Picked Plum is a simple to make and super refreshing summer beverage featuring strawberries, orange and fresh mint.

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Inexpensive fabric(s) with a good old summertime theme is a party go-to solution for tablecloths, napkins, basket and serving dish liners.

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Individual picnic baskets lined with a fabric or bandannas (take home face mask) make a great utensils holder.

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Adventures in Making shows us how to make super simple summer (say that 3 times fast) DIY Citronella candles.

Click HERE for DIY details.

This simple project results in casually elegant and much needed accessory to help combat mosquitoes- the party guest pest of summer outdoor living times.

flowers-floating-candle-in-bucketMidwest Living

Putting a pretty spin on a summer celebration decoration treats the eye to a visual party favor.

Seasonal flowers from the floral department at your local grocery store or nature’s arts and crafts store ( your yard), moss filler, a large galvanized bucket filled with water and topped off with a floating candle and prepare to light the night in an impressive and pretty way.

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It’s gets hotter than, well, you know on these summer days into evening.

Pack a beat the heat survival kit with cooling essentials.

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Fill plastic beach pails with his and hers flip-flops, battery operated plastic hand-held fans, individual aluminum spray bottles filled with chilled homemade rose water (the guys love this stuff almost as much as the gals), and a pack of facial cleansing towelettes.

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flip flops red

flip flops blue

These always make a big splash.

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The whole idea of a summer soiree and these patriotic party ideas is KISS- Keep It Summer Simple.

Happy 4th of July!

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