I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.
According to the calendar, Summer starts in just 16 days. According to the weather, it is already here! One of my favorite things about Summer is getting people together. I've always wanted to do more outdoor entertaining, but with the patio furniture we had before, I wasn't so thrilled about having people over. Now that we have our new patio furniture, it was time to create my outdoor oasis and invite people over! I went to Pier 1 Imports and did a bit of shopping to create my outdoor oasis. With three little ones, I knew I wanted to get outdoor dishes. After debating for a bit, I finally settled on the Sunny Floral melamine dinner plates, serving platter and serving bowl because I just loved the bright and bold colors. I also picked up a black metal lantern and lantern stand with an outdoor LED candle for when the sun goes down before the crowd goes home. I fell in love with the White Flower Wall Decor than can be hung indoors or outdoors. I knew just the perfect spot for Hubs to hang it outside for me.
Once I had my outdoor oasis in order, it was time to invite people over! I created a Facebook Event to do the inviting, and sent out text messages, as well. Aside from birthday parties earlier this year, it's the first time we've invited a bunch of people over in quite some time.
I was thrilled, then, when we had fourteen people show up for a barbecue! I told everyone that we would provide the meat and drinks and asked them to bring the sides. Of course, I couldn't help myself and also provided potato salad, chips, and watermelon. What's a barbecue without watermelon, right?
Hubs took charge of the grill and the smoker, and did a fantastic job. He also made a batch of hot wings in the slow cooker, and they disappeared quickly! We did have to move the party indoors for a while when it rained, but no one seemed to mind, and the kids had fun playing in the mud after the rain!
Speaking of food pulling the disappearing act…
If anyone left hungry, it was their own fault!
We had such a great time entertaining in our outdoor oasis and can't wait to have people over again!