Posts Tagged ‘summer entertaining’

Weekly Spotlight: Web Exclusive Outdoor Furniture

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

That’s right – we’ve added more decor to our selection of Web Exclusives. And more specifically, to our selection of exclusive outdoor furniture. Take a look below.

Eucalyptus Serving Cart With Tray

Slatted Benches | Outdoor Serving Cart

These pieces are all crafted from eco-friendly, sustainably harvested Eucalyptus Grandis wood and finished with a natural oil finish. This makes them durable for use during the spring, summer and fall, and beautiful enough to enhance the natural, decorative value of your outdoor spaces.

The multi-purpose Serving Cart can be stationed on a patio or porch to hold drinks for a garden party or snacks and condiments during a barbecue. It’s also perfect for wheeling around your garden as you landscape or do some additional planting throughout the seasons.

Each bench offers an outdoor seating option; all you have to do is choose between the straight design or curved design. You can see more ways to orient the curved bench here.

Eucalyptus Outdoor Slatted Benches

Wrought Iron Arbor Resting Bench

Wrought Iron Arbor Resting Bench with Back

Wrought Iron
Arbor Benches

One of the most classic and decorative additions to any garden, our black Wrought Iron Arbor Benches provide sturdy seating solutions to complement the elegance, timelessness and beauty of your garden, patio or yard. Whether you prefer the standard bench or one with a back, this petite seat will sit on gravel, grass, mulch, patio bricks and most outdoor surfaces.

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Weekly Spotlight: BBQ Month

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

48" Teak Dining TableBlue Ruffle Melamine Dinner Plate SetWelcome to May! This month offers so much as a transition from spring to summer here in Maine: warm weather, the occasional rain shower, trees and flowers beginning to bloom, and National Barbecue Month – a delicious thing to celebrate. Here are five essentials that will keep your barbecues well stocked, organized and enjoyable for you and your guests.

Wrought Iron Paper Towel Holders

An outdoor dining table is a great place to gather around and enjoy food cooked on the grill. Our Teak Dining Table is perfect for withstanding seasonal weather and is made to fit a table umbrella for adding shade on the sunnier days.

When it’s time to eat, forego the paper plates and opt for these Melamine Dinner Plates instead. Their durability and style are unmatched, giving you dinnerware that can be brought outdoors and a stylish accent for your outdoor barbecue.

Round Enamel Tub

Keep paper towels near by for clean up without worrying about a strong gust of wind carrying them away with a Wrought Iron Paper Towel Holder. The variety of designs fit your party theme or style preferences.

Beverage Dispenser with Chalkboard Label & StandYou’ve got the food prep down packed, leaving plenty of opportunity to get all your beverage choices up to snuff.

A Round Enamel Tub offers your guests convenience when filled with ice and drinks, and a Beverage Dispenser with a stand and chalkboard enhances the personal charm of your spread.

With these elements in place, other additions like decorations and furnishings can be instituted to create the best space for your barbecues in May and the duration of summer.

Check out our food ideas for barbecues throughout the blog, like the BBQ Chicken Crescent Ring, and share your favorite barbecue dishes and decor in the comments below. Happy National Barbecue Month!

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Table Settings: Red, White and Blue

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Summer officially starts on Sunday and soon after we’ll be celebrating the 4th of July! Start planning your patriotic decor and Americana themes for your entryway, outdoor spaces and of course, your table settings. Here is a little tablescape inspiration for celebrating Independence Day in true red, white and blue fashion.

4th Of July

Decorating for this summer holiday is simple, really. Red placemats can be found almost anywhere, and you can pick up colorful or patterned ribbon at your local craft store to tie napkins, accent glass vases or create festive place cards.

The American flags bring the look of this dining room together, and you can add them to a floral centerpiece arrangement or place them in holders around the table.

Dining Rooms

We love the retro-chic vibe of these patterned placemats, napkins and color coordinated serveware.

If you’re thinking it may be a little too bold, remember that food and the room itself will tone down the starkness of any pattern; the white plates and neutral surroundings even out the look.

The pillar candles and holders are great as accents – they are not too over the top but add aesthetic appeal for just the right amount of Americana spirit.

Summer Cottage

Of course, if you decorate in the Americana style all year long, you will have no problem creating a perfectly patriotic dining space. USA wall art, classic country chairs and traditional patriotic colors never go out of style.

This is a great example of using red, white and blue in subtle ways: the country windsor chairs are a comfortable blue, while the beautifully finished white table makes the red flowers pop, especially in the sunlight.

To expand the look, patriotic-themed chair pads and a charming table runner are must-haves, although we think this dining room is spectacular just the way it is.

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Most importantly when creating a beautiful tablescape: don’t skimp on the details! Extra flair with ribbon, flower petals, paper stars and the like really turn any event into a welcoming celebration. Americana tapers add sparkle, and seasonal curtains can complete the look in an otherwise decoratively bare room.

How do you decorate your dining spaces for the Fourth of July, or with an Americana theme?

We’re celebrating this season in more ways than one: check out our entertaining ideas and related articles, patriotic decor and our made in the USA sale to make this holiday and the rest of the year extra festive.

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