Posts Tagged ‘outdoor entertaining tips’

Easter Entertaining With Flowers and Bunnies

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail. Enhance your Easter with precious spring themed embellishments throughout your home. Use flowers and rabbits to encourage a renewed atmosphere for guests and yourself.
Apothecary Quilt Collection, Blooming Gardens Long Hooked Wool Pillow, Fern Grommet Window Panel White
Blooming Gardens Hooked Wool Chair Pad Fun With Flowers

Blooming flowers are a sure sign of spring renewal, especially those cherished brightly colored blooms that create instant cheerful atmosphere on display. Blooming Gardens Hooked Wool Chair Pad and matching Blooming Gardens Hooked Wool Pillow offer bright flowers and vines creating an appealing array of color and spunk for use in a guest bedroom to bring a bit of spring fun inside or in a dining room to coordinate with other Easter flowers on display on a table or breakfast hutch. Above, Fern Grommet Window Panel in white will add a breezy appearance, encouraging guests to feel refreshed.


Pretty Place Settings

Bring life into your table setting with refreshing prints to keep your guests feeling celebratory for spring the entire day. Spring Floral Round Placemat or Summer Floral Round Placemat offer light, cheerful options for continuing the brightly blooming flower theme into your dining room or for adding placemats under potted plants or lamps in your family room. Blossom Table Topper is one quick way to create an elegant table setting without much effort. Your guests will love the stunning results and you will be thankful for the easy setup! Versatile enough for year round use, these table linen options will provide years of use for casual or elegant entertaining.

Spring Floral Round Placemat
Summer Floral Round Placemat Blossom Table Topper

White Rabbit With Glass Vase Multiplying Rabbits

Rabbits are a sure sign of Easter and a reminder that the spring season is upon us when they begin multiplying in the fields. Create whimsical display as a table centerpiece or welcoming diorama in a guest bedroom with White Rabbit With Glass Vase. Holding a tiny basket in his paws, this rabbit will also display flowers in attached glass vase. Girl With Rabbit Lamp offers vintage inspired atmosphere in a child’s bedroom or living room. Rabbit Plant Holder Set will showcase your favorite permanent flowers or living plants with liners.

Girl With Rabbit Lamp Rabbit Plant Holder Set

Beverages on Display

Make beverage dispensing and serving a breeze with large glass decanters that will offer style and function on display on your back deck, kitchen counter or dining room table. Large Nantucket Glass Beverage Dispenser features embossed letters on the front, akin to what you may find on similar pieces at an antique store. Glass Beverage Decanter offers simplicity at its best, with a swing-top lid and handle. Beverage Dispenser With Chalkboard Label and Stand offers it all: easy to read chalkboard where you can distinguish your drinks and a convenient stand for keeping things elevated on a counter.

Large Nantucket Glass Beverage Dispenser
Beverage Dispenser With Chalkboard Label and Stand Glass Beverage Decanter

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It’s National Sun Safety Week

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Picnic Table SetWith all the intense heat we’ve experienced this week with more on the way, we want to go over sun safety so we can all enjoy the outdoors this summer.

The Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) offers these tips:

  • The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm so plan summer outdoor activities before or after that period with a rest during.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Remember that UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete, and water.
  • Do not use sun tanning beds.
  • Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
  • Sunscreens need to be applied liberally and evenly over all exposed areas.
  • Apply a sunscreen with a SPF of 15 or higher whenever you’re outdoors. To achieve adequate UV protection you should use products that provide broad spectrum protection, which means protection against both UVB and UVA rays. For broad spectrum protection, look for products that provide an SPF of at least 15 and contain zinc oxide.
  • For children, the SSA recommends sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen before going outdoors and reapply often.
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off.
  • Provide complete sunscreen coverage for your skin (including neck, ears and lips!).
  • For people with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.
  • Try and stay in the shade whenever possible.

Practice safe sun to enhance your enjoyment of the summer months.

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Fall Family Fun – Outdoor Movie Night

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Colonial LanternsOutdoor movie nights in your own backyard can be a way to watch a great movie while enjoying the great outdoors. Here are a few ideas to turn your back yard into your own place to view that favorite movie. Invite friends and neighbors for some outdoor fun. Have the adults bring a lawn chair and the kids bring blankets to sit on the ground.

Option/Idea One: Simply take an extra T.V. and move it to the backyard in a suitable location for sitting or lying on a blanket. Or use a card table. If you have a small portable DVD player or an old VHS player, this will have to go out with the T.V.

A spare set of speakers to go along with the T.V. will make the experience even better. However, remember that not all of your neighbors may agree, so make sure the audio portion is appropriate.

Option/Idea Two: relocate a computer that plays DVDs. With the proliferation of flat-screen monitors they tend to be light and easy to move. A good solid table or stand are probably the main considerations so as to limit the exposure of your pricey computer system to the elements.

Sturbridge Braided RugFor those that have a laptop, consider locating the laptop and a decent viewable screen to the desired place in the backyard as laptops are portable and offer much more flexibility. A flat screen or standard T.V. may work depending on your laptop’s monitor output capabilities. Most modern laptops offer several options to put the screen on TV’s for photo viewing and that can be extended to allow DVD player software to be viewed as well.

Option/Idea Three: An overhead projector. If you don’t have one at home, you may be able to rent one. Connect a laptop or portable DVD player to the projector system on a table and prepare a surface for projecting the image. The best and quickest way to get the movie projected is to either shoot it onto the side of the house or strategically place a large white sheet in an appropriate place.

For a screen, here’s where you can get creative. A white or light surface is the desired area for any projection. Using a white sheet gives you limitless options. Throw a rope between two trees and drape the sheet or if your house is of a darker color, tape or secure the white sheet to the side of the house.

Make hot apple cider and kettle corn as snacks. Kettle corn is simple to make with popcorn kernels, sugar, oil and a dash of salt. Eating popcorn outside means no clean up!

Outdoor movie night can add excitement and make the ordinary a little more extra-ordinary. Kids love being outside and an outdoor movie could top off any movie night as well as make it special.

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