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Summer Entertaining: Outdoor Oasis Party

Hosting an outdoor get-together this summer? Get tips from our Outdoor Oasis Party!

As soon as the weather turns warm, we spend as much time outside as possible. I like to think of our backyard as an extension of the rest of our house. It’s an oasis where we can escape the busyness of life, take time to rejuvenate, and reconnect with friends and family.

Cocktail Skewer with Lemon, Blackberry and Mint

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Pier 1 Imports. I received products to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.

When the opportunity to host a Pier 1 Imports outdoor oasis party arose, I jumped at the chance. This kind of thing is right up my alley.

For me, an outdoor oasis is all about an easy-breezy, beach-inspired setting. Colours of driftwood and sand form the perfect backdrop to watery blues and aqua, with pops of sunshine yellow.

Outdoor Oasis Party Decor

On my party-planning shopping trip, I immediately found my jumping off point for the table setting. Having woven seagrass place mats and plain white dishes at home, I knew these gorgeous blue and white trellis melamine salad plates would be the perfect complement.

Outdoor Oasis Party with Coastal Blue and White Tablescape

That’s what I like about basics, they’re easy to dress up without spending a lot of extra time or money.

Outdoor Oasis Party - Blue and White Trellis Melamine Plates

For function and added interest, I chose these blue and white chevron napkins. Small-scale patterns always seem to mix well with larger-scale ones, don’t they?

Outdoor Oasis Party - Beach Inspired Table Setting

For water glasses, I found these worry-free acrylic stemless goblets. Can you believe they’re not glass? Perfect for wine and cocktails on our stone patio too.

I always like adding fruit and herb skewers to my water glasses- so fresh and pretty!

Water Glasses with Fresh Fruit Skewers

For a bit of sparkle, I chose a jute handle glass lantern for the centerpiece. I love how classic and versatile these decor pieces are. Having various sources of lighting outside is essential for evening entertaining.

Jute Handled Glass Hurricane Lantern

Using outdoor flameless candles, especially when spanish moss is involved, means we’re able to focus on our guests, not potential fires. I love that they’re on a timer too!

Outdoor Oasis Party - Blue, White and Natural Table Setting

One stop at Pier 1 Imports, and I was able to get all of the pieces I needed for our coastal-inspired tablescape. Easy-peasy!

Outdoor Oasis Party Decor - Simple Blue and White Outdoor Table Decor

Outdoor Party Food

Summer dining for us is all about keeping it simple, just like the decor. Foods that are able to be prepped ahead of time and thrown on the grill when we’re ready to eat are must-haves.

This time, tequila shrimp tacos, along with a toasted chipotle corn and tomato salad were on the menu.

Shrimp Tacos with Toasted Chipotle Corn and Tomato Salad

Our guests enjoyed the bold and fresh flavours of these dishes as much as we did. They’re definitely recipes we’ll be throwing together again this summer!

Outdoor Oasis Party

Luckily, the weather held out long enough for us to finish our dinner outside. S’mores around the fire are what we prefer for dessert throughout the summer, but rain meant improvising and making them in the oven. A couple minutes under the broiler and we were set!

Easy Oven S'mores

Being flexible and enjoying the moment is what hosting a successful party is all about anyway, wouldn’t you agree? Can’t wait to do it again!

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Enjoy your day!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. I love what you picked – it looks so pretty and beachy! It seems like Pier 1 has really stepped up their game. Also, I am totally making oven smores today. YUM.

  2. I like the Turquoise Summer Quench Acrylic Tumblers. I think my daughter (2) would refer to them as pretty glasses. :)

  3. Great picks, Shauna – I love the coastal inspired theme, and I really love the jute wrapped dispenser. Perfect for an outdoor party! And guess what? I have finally gotten back to my own outdoor extravaganza projects, at last! I’m far too late for that party, I know, but I’m still partying on in spirit!! :-)

  4. Oooo, I love flameless candles!  Especially with my kids around.  Lovely table setting, Shauna!  

  5. Wow! what a pretty tablescape…perfect for summer entertaining! Love the jute lantern and the idea of adding fruit and herb skewers  to the water glasses. Pretty blue and white salad plates…the colors and textures work so wonderfully! Thanks for sharing with us~hugs, Poppy

  6. i would like the Citronella Sizzlewick™ Candle – Yellow.
    i love a candle with a purpose.

  7. Your table setting looks beautiful Shauna, I like the coastal feel to it! It looks like you had a lovely time too, the food sure looked great!

  8. What a pretty party Shauna! I love the fruit skewers in the drinks…such a nice touch! What time is your next party? Angie xo

  9. Great piece of choice I must say! Just loved the blue and white melamine plates. Every bit seems to be perfect and last but not the least, my goodness what food! It is a visual delight and I am hungry now :)

  10. Everything looks so inviting! You did such a great job with your Pier One choices! (and the food sounds delicious too) 

  11. I love windchimes, and I am especially drawn to the  Butterfly & Bells Windchime

  12. Oh how beautiful– you did a great job decorating for your party. I love that neutral color scheme! What a pretty tablescape and your food looked so yummy! 

    If I won, I’d choose some acrylic cups and the Kaleidoscope Jute Trim Pillow  in Clay! It’d be nice to host a fun 4th of July brunch or playdate at our house. Thanks for the opportunity!

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