easy summer entertaining with Pier 1 Imports!

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own. 

In less than two weeks we will be kicking off the summer season with Memorial Day and in our house - that means the summer entertaining season is here!  My favorite way to entertain is in the backyard. It's effortless, you don't have to worry about spills and a simple menu is never frowned upon.  There is nothing better than shaking off the winter for good and spending time with friends and family outside with a meal.

Today I am partnering with Pier 1 Imports to feature their amazing outdoor entertaining pieces that really make backyard dining easy.  Like I mentioned, the easier the menu the better with outdoor entertaining. I go for hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, an easy salad, strawberry lemonade and adults and kids alike can't resist a rice krispie treat dessert - especially when there are sprinkles involved!


It's almost impossible to believe, but these red and white plates from Pier 1 are melamine. Yep! Totally easy to clean and completely un-breakable.  And shhhhh, don't tell - but these goblets are plastic too. Can you even believe it? We've all broken a plate or a glass on the deck or patio (or at least I am guilty of this!) - but that is a thing of the past with these adorable place settings!


And I really love this double drink dispenser. I filled one with ice water and sliced lemons and limes and for the second I simply whipped up some lemonade (store bought is totally acceptable!) and then blended fresh strawberries in the blender to add to it. Voila! Strawberry lemonade!




Pier 1 also has an amazing selection of LED candles in all shapes and sizes.  They are another no-mess super safe solution for ambient lighting when the sun goes down.  And these even have a timer option, so you could decorate a front porch or deck with them and not have to worry about leaving them on all night. 


I'm no pro when it comes to napkin folding so I cheated by simply folding these adorable chambray napkins accordion style and then slipped them through these adorable coral napkin rings for an easy place setting solution. 



The best part is that Pier 1 has so much selection - these plates were available in tons of colors and don't even get me started on all the amazing napkin selections!  You can find everything I featured here from the table runners, plates, napkins, napkin rings, goblets, drink server, serving plates, pillows and even the cute paper pinwheels for the dessert - all at Pier 1!




Shop all the Pier 1 pieces here:
Goblets & Pineapple Serving Dish - in stores only

Thank you to Pier 1 for kindly sponsoring this post. All items featured are courtesy of Pier 1 Imports.
All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!


easy summer entertaining with Pier 1 Imports!

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. All opinions are my own. 

In less than two weeks we will be kicking off the summer season with Memorial Day and in our house - that means the summer entertaining season is here!  My favorite way to entertain is in the backyard. It's effortless, you don't have to worry about spills and a simple menu is never frowned upon.  There is nothing better than shaking off the winter for good and spending time with friends and family outside with a meal.

Today I am partnering with Pier 1 Imports to feature their amazing outdoor entertaining pieces that really make backyard dining easy.  Like I mentioned, the easier the menu the better with outdoor entertaining. I go for hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, an easy salad, strawberry lemonade and adults and kids alike can't resist a rice krispie treat dessert - especially when there are sprinkles involved!


It's almost impossible to believe, but these red and white plates from Pier 1 are melamine. Yep! Totally easy to clean and completely un-breakable.  And shhhhh, don't tell - but these goblets are plastic too. Can you even believe it? We've all broken a plate or a glass on the deck or patio (or at least I am guilty of this!) - but that is a thing of the past with these adorable place settings!


And I really love this double drink dispenser. I filled one with ice water and sliced lemons and limes and for the second I simply whipped up some lemonade (store bought is totally acceptable!) and then blended fresh strawberries in the blender to add to it. Voila! Strawberry lemonade!




Pier 1 also has an amazing selection of LED candles in all shapes and sizes.  They are another no-mess super safe solution for ambient lighting when the sun goes down.  And these even have a timer option, so you could decorate a front porch or deck with them and not have to worry about leaving them on all night. 


I'm no pro when it comes to napkin folding so I cheated by simply folding these adorable chambray napkins accordion style and then slipped them through these adorable coral napkin rings for an easy place setting solution. 



The best part is that Pier 1 has so much selection - these plates were available in tons of colors and don't even get me started on all the amazing napkin selections!  You can find everything I featured here from the table runners, plates, napkins, napkin rings, goblets, drink server, serving plates, pillows and even the cute paper pinwheels for the dessert - all at Pier 1!




Shop all the Pier 1 pieces here:
Goblets & Pineapple Serving Dish - in stores only

Thank you to Pier 1 for kindly sponsoring this post. All items featured are courtesy of Pier 1 Imports.
All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!


free for all Friday: snippets of my new home!

If you are following along on Instagram you will know that last summer we sold our home and moved into a new (to us) home that needed some (read: a LOT!) of updating!  I am documenting bits and pieces of the renovation on an Instagram account dedicated to just home photos.  That can be found here and every once in a while a home post will show up on my regular Instagram as well.  But I thought it would be fun to show a few snippets of the new home here on the blog too.

At the end of August we started the almost complete renovation of the main floor.  The only thing that didn't change were the walls/floor plan.  The renovations including adding tons of electrical (overhead lighting, recessed lighting, etc), painting the entire home top to bottom WHITE (so clean!),  replacing all the flooring, replacing the entire kitchen and replacing the powder room.

Some days I can't believe how far we have come since August.  Other days, it still feels like we are still living in a renovation zone.  The to-do list is endless in this home, but so far we are really happy we made the change for our family (that's a whole different story "how to know when you've grown out of your home").  We are still working on making decisions about tile, trim, window treatments and furniture.  But so far this project is really coming along.   Today I am admittedly only showing you the 'pretty' and 'finished' parts of the home.  Believe me, there are still tons of areas that look a wreck! ;)

The entry way is so bright and fresh. I'm so in love with it... in the top left of the photo you can kind of see the mirrors we did lining the stairs.  We took inspiration from here.  The actual stair treads are unfinished, so more on the mirrors when the stairs are done.  For now a simple console (Home Goods), wooden beads (Target) and a sunburst mirror (Home Goods) welcome you to the home. 

We decided to turn the eat-in kitchen area into a sitting room.  Hands down one of the best decisions we've made.  Everyone hangs in the kitchen anyway, it's the perfect spot for a cup of tea in the morning or a glass of wine at night and I can easily sit here with a book while the kids work on homework.  It's fast become everyone's favorite spot in the house.  And the huge drum table holds all of our board games - so there is fun at the ready!  The art work is Target, light and rug (similar rug) are both IKEA, chairs are a Home Goods find (similar chairs) and the drum table is from World Market. I'm itching to get some window treatments up in this area.

The kitchen was the biggest transformation (someday I will show before and after - but take my word!).  We used all IKEA cabinets and LOVE them and expanded the island and did all quartz countertops ('Noble Grey' by Caesar Stone).  The open shelves and hardware are also all from IKEA. The lighting is all West Elm (these and these) and the stools are Target. I'm excited for the tile backsplash that will finish this space off nicely.  I just need to decide which tile first!

This is one little finished corner of our family room.  We are still working on making furniture decisions in this room - which is no small feat! But for now we are in love with these new chairs (Home Goods) and pillows paired with some of our favorites from our previous house like the antique black chest and glass cocktail table.  This rug was previously in our Master Bedroom but we actually like it much more for our living room. This is another room that desperately needs window treatments.  But I am in love with the HUGE windows.


So that's it! Just a tiny peak into our home these days... be sure to follow my home account on Instagram for more behind the scenes tours and updates!