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. But like any other post on Suburble, the opinions and ideas in this post are my own.
I love a good party al fresco. Since we live in a rainy climate, it makes those warm, sunny days that much more valuable.
If we can spend time eating and drinking and watching the kids run through the grass, why wouldn’t we? And so when I got the chance to add a bit of style from Pier 1 Imports to
our my sister and brother-in-laws’ backyard space (remember, we live in their basement right now!), I jumped at the chance!
You know I can’t pass up a bird. It was yelling at me from the shelf, “I need to come home with you! And bring my yellow cousin.” They didn’t have to ask me twice.
I love good mood lighting. These gorgeous blue lanterns made such a lovely centrepiece. Their height and size draws the eye – perhaps just a touch of drama. And the hints of gold around the Moroccan-style finishes were just too much.
Into the cart they went!
You might have noticed these in a few pictures. These are stemless acrylic wine glasses. They are my new favourite wine glass. Ever. They look like glass. They’re guaranteed not to fog or crack in the dishwasher. And they won’t shatter into eleventy billion pieces on the patio.
And they look just. like. glass.
Have I said that already?
The kidlets had lemonade in their glasses, but we grown-ups had to test-drive them with the real deal. In fact, my sister-in-law loved these glasses so much that she went and bought a set for herself.
Good fake-glass is hard to come by.
Like any nutty hostess, I only managed to catch photos of the kids hovering over the snack bowls. The adults chattered away…
… while the gang hovered over the appetizers.
But you can’t deny their cuteness.
Everyone seems to be their best – their most angelic self – at a party.
Hanging above us were these fantastic paper lanterns. At the bottom of each was a battery pack – which powered a small LED light inside each lantern.
And that meant magic at night. With just the flick of a switch.
The kidlets stayed up past their bedtimes, and the grownups chattered until the candlelight was flickering off of our faces. It’s the sign of a great night… the sun slipping beneath the trees before everyone tucks themselves into bed.
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A Pretty Life in the Suburbs, Fynes Designs, Brooklyn Berry Designs, Inspire Me Heather Satori Design for Living
Looks like you had a lovely party! Those lanterns are so beautiful. Wonderful photography capturing the night glow!
Inspire Me Heather
Just beautiful Tara! I saw those glasses too at our Pier 1, they don’t look like they are plastic at all! I sure like the pillow you picked out, two look great together and the lanterns look so pretty – day and night!
No, they don’t look like plastic, do they? I really like them…. I am debating whether I should go buy a few more, actually!
I usually bring crusty rolls, bread and butter.
I usually bring broccoli salad
We love those glasses around here. Perfect for outdoor summer entertaining! Everything looks so pretty, especially at night when the lanterns become the star of the show. Can’t wait for more summer evening get-togethers!
What? I’m totally jealous of those glasses! Looks like a fantastic party girl. Where was my invite? lol
They’re fabulous glasses! I’ll have to have you over (when we’re in our new digs) and you can try them out! 🙂
This is beautiful Tara! Those lanterns all lit up at night look magical!
Thank you so much, Jo-Anna! I love lanterns at night… I want more! 🙂
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
I love everything… the cute faces are perfect too! I love your center piece lanterns! Bit of a weakness for candles and lanterns.
Oh, so do I, Laurie! I love patio lighting… I can’t help myself.
Love the drinking glasses and lanterns. Perfect things to put on my patio table.
Hmmmm…..home made hot wings or garlic bread…lately sticky toffee pudding…anybody else hungry?
Angie In My 30s
I seem to always bring meatballs to potlucks lol om nom nom
roasted veggies on the BBQ!
My taco dip is always a hit
Angie@Echoes of Laughter
What a pretty party Tara! Those lanterns are so gorgeous and your table is so pretty! Have a lovely week! Angie xo
Thank you so much, Angie! It was a lovely night, and having a party is always fun, isn’t it!??
Oh you make me want to run out to Pier 1 today! Love those lanterns and the wine glasses. Did the glasses come from Pier 1 as well? Tara your kids are just adorable as always! My favorite go to dish is a broccoli mandarin orange salad with cashews.
Yes, the glasses were from Pier 1 as well…. and I have to say that they are probably my favourite purchase from the whole party. We use them all of the time! (And thank you for the compliments on the kiddos… they’re cute MOST of the time! 🙂 )
Those lanterns are so beautiful.
I always bring my homemade potato salad.
I always bring my German Potato Salad.
I always bring a big bowl of fresh guacamole.
I am usually the dessert girl , my cheesecake and chocoflan are always a hit
I always bring spicy chicken wings
I LOVE all of the touches you added to your garden party! Those paper lanterns and the Morrocan style are gorgeous!! I have the stemless wine glass style in glass but the acrylic ones would be perfect for our deck!! Great post Tara!
Thank you so much, Heather. Honestly, the acrylic glasses get used nearly every single day on the patio. I have not regretted that buy one iota. They’re fantastic!
Looks so nice! I especially like the lanterns– so beautiful. My go to meal to bring is strawberry bruchetta! Such a yummy summer take on the regular kind!
Everybody requests my homemade mac and cheese, wherever we go.
I always bring bbq chicken wings
Taco dip easy and yummy.
Pea salad or a bag of chips. 🙂 Great party!
Love Pier 1. My go to yard party dish is homemade Chex Mix with lots of worchestershire and dark pieces.
My go-to summer party dish is a vinegar based cole-slaw. it’s so refreshing!
I always bring the potato salad
What a lovely grouping of pix. The giveaway is more exciting seeing the gorgeous items offered put to actual home! What lovely babes you have too! Thank you for including me I the opportunity.
Thank you so much, Becki! Your comment made me smile! 🙂
I thought I added my item I take to parties…I usually like to take a salad that is either a Pasta Salad that can be kept cold, or a green salad with items to customize to each person’s preference. With or with out various veggies so everyone is happy and not just a tossed salad with items they’ll lick out or just bypass the salad as it’s too much trouble to get out the items they aren’t fond of !
I take pasta salad, coleslaw, or a fabulous dessert
my go to dish is potato salad.
I usually bring Mexican pinwheel rollups
I’m the dessert gal so I usually bring a seasonal dessert – often with fruit.
I like to bring potato salad
I came across your blog; it seems that you had a blast in your party.
The lanterns that you have used are looking stunning and yes this idea of using lantern as an outdoor lighting can never go off.
The best part of these lanterns is that no one can presume that they are made of plastic.