I am happy to share that we finally have the patio ready for summer entertaining. I’ve never enjoyed being outside as much as I do now and this truly shows what a big difference little details can make. I’ve always loved having people over, cooking outside, eating, and sharing with friends and family. Our guests have always praised me and Mr. B. for our hospitality and that is awesome because we do it with love. I have to admit thou that I have never been happy about entertaining using disposable serving ware all the time in such a lifeless environment. Don’t get me wrong, disposable items are helpful for certain occasions but for intimate gatherings I wanted to go above and beyond and feel proud of having a lively outdoor oasis that fits my personality and could be part of my guests experience. That is why I decided to work on my patio to make it a fun and vibrant space worth sharing.
In order to understand what I am talking about, check out my previous post, where I shared the patio before pictures. It is a completely new space thanks to the cool finds at Pier 1 Imports. Want to get yourself some unique items at Pier 1? Well I have something you will love, as I am giving away a $50 Pier 1 Imports Gift Card!!! (Read below to find out how to win)
While being outside to just sit down and relax is nice, in our home we mostly spend time out in this space entertaining and sharing with our friends and family. Food is always part of our gatherings so my number one goal when shopping at Pier 1 was to find pieces that were suited for summer entertaining. Take a look below what I got a Pier 1 and how to make it work for easy, fun and beautiful summer entertaining.
1- Shatterproof plates: these are a must for outdoor entertaining. With these you will not have to worry about breaking them and you will be able to reuse them over and over again. which is why I got this ones that are of a high quality and durable material.
2- High quality/durable drink ware: just as the plates you want your glasses to be beautiful but not stress out about breaking them. Having real cups make such a big difference and these came in an array of color and can totally be used for indoor or outdoor.
3- Multipurpose items: this gorgeous beverage tub is a life saver. I have a relatively small space and I tend to serve a lot of food. Having this standing beverage tub frees up space from the food table. This particular one is so convenient because it has a tray in the bottom which can be used to place extra bottles or items needed for later. The tray is completely detachable so it can actually work as an independent piece for other purposes.
4- Self-serve items: if you ask me which one is my favorite piece I got to say is this drink dispenser. How cute it is? I love that guests can just walk up and serve themselves from one convenient item. The best part is that it feels very sturdy and not flimsy at all. I once bought a drink dispenser and it started leaking on its first use but I am not expecting that to happen with this one.
5- Customizable details: from reading my blog you probably have noticed that I am very detailed oriented an like to go the extra mile making things feel special and Pier 1 had the perfect item for me. These ceramic labels come with am erasable marker and allows you to write and erase as many times you’d like to label your food, or leave fun messages around the table or even be used as seating label.
6 – Sophisticated elements: it is fun to mix and match styles. I like casual entertaining but a great tip to make your party stand out is to include a few luxury items that can add a wow factor to the rest of your pieces. In this case I got an affordable but very elegant ice scoop.
7- Think outside the box: When shopping for outdoor entertaining do not limit yourself just to the dinning area. Look for creative items that can be used as a fun serving solution like this bottle, which I filled with water and kept at the table. This bottle was pat of the home decor pieces at Pier 1 and works perfectly as a serving item.
8- Small details: Small bowls of food scattered around your party makes it more fun and interactive. These cute little bowls with extra sauces were placed at the table so that guests didn’t have to get up again to the buffet table for more. The difference lies in small entertaining details like this.
9- Statement pieces: Having a statement piece ca be the star of the party and a conversation starter. I got this big, bold serving platter with an ocean theme to it and I love it because it is big enough that I do not need to fill it with food and still the pattern in the platter stands out and shines.
10- Decor and Ambiance: Always make sure your surrounding also reflects your personality and includes special touch of decoration that can be part of the experience. I love this lanterns as you can ad a tea candle in the center and it helps create a soothing mood when the sun comes down.
Little L sure enjoys our outdoor space and I hope you did too through these pictures.
Want to get any of these items? Well sure you can as all of the products mentioned on this post are available at your local Pier 1 Imports. You could buy them in-store or online. If you buy online they offer the convenient option of ship-to-store or ship-to-home; you buy from the comfort of your home and you decide where you would like to receive the item. I love everything I got and I am even considering getting a few of this items for summer gifting as it’s always thoughtful to bring something to the hostess. Pier 1 have al sorts of cute items from candles, to wine charms, to napkins holders and beyond.
GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! – To help you with your shopping at Pier 1, I am giving away $50 Pier 1 Imports Gift Card. Here is how to win:
A winner will be randomly selected on May 30th. Winner will be informed by a reply on his/her comment in this post. Winner must be 18 years old or older and must provide a US address for prize shipment.
Good luck and all the best! Thanks!