This year we decided to re-arrange the Pottery Barn Chesapeake sectional sofa to create a more functional seating area. Here are the before pics from last summer... boooooring.
The new set-up works great for entertaining. Which brings me to the Birthday Barbecue we hosted for our family to celebrate my husband's b-day last weekend.
We offered some light hors d'oeuvres of nuts, veggies, chips & onion dip before dining el fresco on some BBQ chicken, pasta salad and homemade cornbread. The pillow covers are from Etsy.com.
Sunflowers in a mason jar make for such a bright and cheery centerpiece. They are bold and make quite a statement in an outdoor area to help anchor the space. The rule of thumb is to work in odd numbers when creating a flower arrangement. I used 5 sunflowers here and filled in the blank spaces with Yellow Calendula that I picked up at Trader Joe's for around $10.
How cute are these coastal candle lanterns and rustic jute table runner? Homegoods! $9.99 each!
These wine barrels are my new babies. Andy found them on Craig's List for a whopping $60 each. Here they are being used as tables for the birthday cake and some flowers. But we have plans for these babies this summer.
I try my hardest to prepare EVERYTHING the day before or morning of any party. That way I can fully enjoy our friends and family instead of running around like a stressed out lunatic in the kitchen. It was such a relaxing evening. The chill summer tunes were cranking on the outdoor speakers, Andy at the grill, the kids playing in the backyard, me... drinking wine. Great night.
And great cake! I'll share that with you later this week.
I'm sharing today's post with the Summer Spruce-Up Series and the Outdoor Extravaganza linky parties today!