We’ve partnered with blogger Lindsay Hines from Whimsy Girl Design to help us plan the perfect outdoor luncheon.
Sunshine, blue skies, blooming flowers and warmer weather… bring on spring! I don’t know about you, but the minute the temperatures start to rise, I want to be outside as much as possible. You’ll find me on our patio enjoying my coffee in the mornings, watching my daughter play in the afternoons and enjoying a nice meal with friends and family in the evenings. We take full advantage of the nice weather while we can, since summer in Texas is HOT!
As soon as the weather warmed up, I wasted no time and wanted to set up a fun “al fresco” luncheon! I kept the menu planning simple: tortilla roll-ups, fresh fruit, potato salad and, of course, some sweets! Once that was established, I headed to Tuesday Morning for a little shopping and came home with some great stuff.
Right when I walked in the door, I spotted this adorable, ceramic planter for just $9.99 (compare at $19.99) and decided it would go great on my plant stand.
Since this area is the first one you see when you walk onto the patio, I wanted it to look nice and welcoming. The planter looked great along with a few items I already had at home. I also added a little chalkboard to welcome my guests!
I created a nice sitting area to act as a “backdrop” for my table. I already had all these items, and they remain on my patio all year long. I did purchase a few new ferns, though. They’re a great “patio” plant — relatively inexpensive and easy to care for!
To decorate the table, I used a lot of items I already owned and added a few new finds. I picked up this huge wood and metal lantern to use as table décor for just $29.99 (compare at $45). The great thing about this lantern is that it can also be used indoors, and will work in several areas of my home. I also picked up a large candle to use inside the lantern for just $9.99 (compare at $20). I love using candles to create an inviting space … and since it’s inside the lantern I don’t have to worry about the wind! I love the wood and metal finish and think it looks great alongside the other items I had already purchased.
Since it’s the beginning of spring, I didn’t have a ton of real plants to use, but I did mix the ones I had with faux plants I got at Tuesday Morning. The quality was great, and they worked well to create a natural-looking tablescape. And the prices were right, ranging from $4-$7.99 (compare at $10-$20), plus I can use them all year long … indoors or out!
For the place settings, I picked up these seagrass placemats for just $3.99 each (compare at $6.99). I love the texture they add to the table and how they enhance the natural feel of the décor. The gray napkins and white plates were purchased at Tuesday Morning last fall, and have been used quite often since then! I also grabbed a package of adorable cupcake liners to hold butter cookies for dessert, which added a fun touch for just $2.99 (compare at $6).
The cupcake liners were also used as drink lids on these adorable “milk bottles” I used to serve lemonade. I thought that the bee motif was perfect for a spring luncheon, and for $9.99 (compare at $25), the price was perfect! The fact that these came with a serving tray and reusable straws is a huge plus — just another item I’ll use over and over again! That was $9.99 well spent!
Since Texas weather is a little crazy, you never know what it’ll be like from day to day. As I was leaving Tuesday Morning, I spotted this cozy throw blanket for just $12.99 (compare at $20) and decided to grab it just in case the weather was chilly. Better safe than sorry, and it matched my décor … I think it was meant to be!
I really love the way the luncheon turned out and can’t wait to host another outdoor event soon!
Spruce Up Your Outdoor Space
Will you be entertaining outdoors this spring? Then get ready for this! We’re about to launch our Springtime Spruce Up — your chance to win outdoor furniture and décor to help create the beautiful porch, deck, patio or other outdoor living area you’ve been dreaming of. Check back next week for all the details on how to enter!