Welcome to week two of the OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Be sure to check out my trash to treasure tool box planters if you missed last week’s Plants & Flowers party.
This time, it’s all about Decorating & Entertaining al fresco style.
Over the weekend, we planned on having an outdoor get-together. Then, the forecast called for buckets of rain and, boy, they were bang on!
I’m okay with it though. My plants & flowers really needed the moisture, not to mention our lawn. Our party guests, not so much.
So, we decided to postpone until a later date when the sun is shining and we can properly host a country-themed garden party.
Why country? I guess I equate it with simple food & drinks, no-fuss decorating, and an easy-going atmosphere. Something I could really use in my life right now…
We’re prepared. Our decorations are all ready to go.
For the table, I wanted something rustic, but pretty at the same time. So, we (aka my husband) created log tea light holders and vases using fallen branches we found by the river.
Directions for the log vases:
1) Cut log into sections using a mitre saw (you can read more about that process here).
2) Find center of the log and mark with a pencil.
3) Drill hole with 2 1/8” hole saw with drill bit guide.
4) Drill into hole saw using 1 1/2”spade bit.
5) Chisel out the remaining wood.
6) Repeat process until you’ve carved a 5″ deep cylinder (or enough to hold the flowers).
Directions for the tea light holders:
Drill hole ¾” deep using a 1 1/2” hole saw, followed by 1 1/2” spade bit. Use chisel to smoothen edges.
I guess this is where I thank my husband for all his hard work. I was planting flowers and working on next week’s project while he was making these (sore back and all). And there may have even been a hockey game on at the same time. He’s the best, isn’t he? I think I did mix him a drink afterwards…
To help keep the pesky bugs away, I filled the log tea light holders with citronella candles.
To fill each vase, I clipped blossoms from our yard. Seasonally, I’ll be able to switch things up, making the whole thing so much fun.
For the lining, I used a plastic sandwich bag held in place with an elastic band. Then I filled it half-way with water and began arranging the tallest flowers first.
Before I tucked the filler apple blossoms around the edge, I removed the elastic band and trimmed the plastic close to the inner edge so it wasn’t visible. Then, I topped it up with a bit more water.
So easy and inexpensive. And not too precious or fussy. Just as outdoor entertaining should be.
Now for more outdoor decorating & entertaining ideas!
You’re going to love these ideas some of my blogger friends put together. Be sure to stop by and say HELLO!
A Texan Table Setting by The Blissful Bee
Summer Crostini Bar by Craftberry Bush
Country Garden Party Table Centerpieces by Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)
DIY Painted Outdoor Serving Tray by The Happy Housie
Hosting a Last Minute BBQ by Fynes Designs
Fresh & Fun Front Porch Decor by Echoes of Laughter
Thank you so much for stopping by!