A Festive Fourth

June 29, 2017 Outdoor Celebrations

We are about to help you throw the best birthday party of all … America’s birthday party!  The 4th of July should be spent with family and friends celebrating our country’s independence!  Be the “it” patio party this holiday … just add a little red, white & blue for an awe and ooh!   We have decor demos, tasty treats, boozy sips and kid-friendly fun on our Pinterest page! It’s stocked with patriotic pins great for ideas on how to perk up your patio.  Check out these clever ways to use mason jars, perfect for centerpieces, decorative candles and more.

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Give them something to remember with this adorable DIY American flag backdrop, perfect for picture taking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load up a clear mason jar with the something salty, sweet and super cute like these Patriotic Pretzel Dippers!

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Something fun for the kids … homemade edible firecracker popcorn, made with POP ROCKS!  Watch out for the tasty lil’ explosion in your mouth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salute to this super salad that will leave you refreshed on a hot 4th of July!

Salad recipe 4th of July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How ’bout some 50 Star Chicken and other festive foods for the main course?

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End things with a real bang with these boozy bombs!

Red, White and Booze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the kiddos can’t have the cherries, how about this kid-friendly patriotic punch…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And top it off with some Star Spangled Sweetness!

50 Fabulous Reasons to Add Outdoor Style To Your Backyard

August 24, 2015 Outdoor Living

Adding a stylish outdoor living space is undoubtedly a significant investment. We get to see the return on that investment every day as homeowners increase the value of their lifestyle by creating a space to take time out for the important things in life. Here’s a list of 50 great reasons to add Outdoor Style to YOUR backyard:

  1. More space for those big gatherings
  2. Outdoor dinner parties
  3. A nearby spot for stargazing
  4. To celebrate your son/daughter’s back-to-school party
  5. A quiet place to drink your morning coffee and read the news
  6. To keep the indoor kitchen cool by grilling out in the backyard
  7. A place to tell stories around the campfire with the kids or grandkids
  8. A covered space in which to watch a good Texas thunderstorm roll in
  9. Family dinners on the patio
  10. A patio cover provides indoor shade, too
  11. A place to let them watch the game outside while you commandeer the living room TV with your show
  12. Exhale the stress
  13. Ice cream cones melt slower in the shade
  14. That quaint little backyard wedding
  15. A shady spot to watch the kids while they play in the pool
  16. Girls night in
  17. Give your swimmers a place to snack, a place to rest and a place to use the bathroom… without soaking your floors
  18. A place to slow down
  19. Rover loves a shady spot to enjoy the dog days of summer
  20. To invite the neighbors over for that barbecue
  21. A place to put your feet up
  22. What better backdrop for family portraits, than your own home?
  23. A perfect spot to indulge a “no plans” Saturday
  24. To host a backyard brunch
  25. A place to drink cocoa on a cool evening
  26. A place to pop a cold bottle on a hot day
  27. Serve up their favorite birthday dinner
  28. To sit a spell and have a long conversation
  29. To pass on the art of grilling
  30. A comfy spot to devour the latest novel
  31. Dine alfresco with a date night in
  32. To one up the Joneses (come on, you know you want to!)
  33. All the barbecue holidays-Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day-are better served up in your stylish backyard
  34. Easy clean up for children’s birthday parties
  35. A place to hang your porch swing
  36. Practice your mixology
  37. A quiet space to watch the feathered visitors to your bird feeder
  38. Give your house guests a space of their own in a backyard guesthouse
  39. Turn on the patio string lights and have a glass of wine
  40. A perfect place to paint or draw
  41. Keep the drinks cold in your outdoor kitchen fridge
  42. Be the house where everyone gathers
  43. Take refuge from tuba practice
  44. Swing in a hammock
  45. Celebrate your retirement
  46. Sit down and talk about your day
  47. Get down and play trucks or have that tea party
  48. Raise a glass to the newly engaged couple
  49. Teach the art of a perfectly toasted marshmallow to the next generation
  50. Or lastly, but certainly not least …  just breathe

If you think your backyard living could use an Outdoor Style upgrade, we’d love to talk with you. Contact us for a free consultation at Houston – 281-265-1994 or DFW – 972-915-2727 or send us a message via our website.

How to Host an Outdoor Style Star Spangled Party

June 16, 2014 Outdoor Living

This Outdoor Style Independence Day celebration is inspired by the old patriotic anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. We’ve incorporated song lyrics into the decorations and food for a playful, yet honoring nod to the country we love.

Set A Star Spangled Mood with Fourth of July Party Decor

What so proudly we hailed at the twilights’ last gleaming

Take into consideration that, for most Fourth of July celebrations, the party continues from daylight picnics to nighttime fireworks. As you’re planning your decorations, you’ll want to highlight the colors for daylight hours and lighting for after dark. Choose a patriotic hand-painted American flag for your focal point. Consider a spotlight for the evening hours or hang string lights nearby to showcase the flag at twilight.

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And the rockets’ red glare

Here’s a no fuss centerpiece for your patio table that really shows off once the sun goes down. Add a few floral sprigs to give color and texture during the day. Collect a variety of bottles and a handful of extra long sparklers. These are often used for weddings and they’ll burn for approximately 170 seconds. Gather all of these elements on a table runner and you’ve got a centerpiece that will light up the night!   

 

 

 

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Also, try hanging these DIY confetti popper rocket streamers from Alpha Mom around your patio for some daytime color and flourish. Even the littlest ones can help make this project!

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Hang this “land of the free” burlap bunting over a doorway or between patio columns.

 

 

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Set A Star Spangled Spread with these Outdoor Friendly Foods

Whose broad stripes and bright stars

This easy and refreshing fruit salad features bright stars cut from watermelon with star-shaped cookie cutters.

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The bombs bursting in air

Flank steak pinwheels are bursting with flavor. Maybe it’s a stretch to say the round shape of the steaks is reminiscent of those mortars shot up in the sky, but it’s grilled beef, so maybe you’ll just go with me on this. 

 

 

 

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Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave

There are so many great ways and flavors to incorporate the colors of the holiday in your Fourth of July spread. Try this patriotic take on a Texas tradition, salsa! Be sure to assemble it at the last minute to keep the colors separate.

 

 

 

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Have a safe and happy Independence Day with your loved ones!

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