Ready, set, GET ORGANIZED for summer parties!

eclectic porch furniture

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Do you enjoy summer entertaining?

There have been times I really enjoyed having backyard parties, and some houses we’ve lived in where I seemed to like being outside more than others. But other than a few “firepit” parties and a couple of Fourth of July parties at this house, we haven’t entertained much in our backyard. Wah wah wah.

Probably because we don’t love our backyard. It doesn’t feel private or cozy.

Yet.

We still hope to make some headway on that this summer. So far it’s slow going though. Sigh. Mostly my husband has been pulling weeds so we could get to the point where it might make sense to add things to make it pretty. That will probably take most of the summer since we don’t have a landscaper to come whip our yard into shape. Heheh.

Why so many weeds? Why don’t we have a gardener? Questions I ask myself.

outdoor entertaining ideas

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I don’t love the weeds, but I do have fun thinking about how to make a yard and porch pretty. I love that funky space in the first photo with those big colorful lanterns. It’s eclectic and unpretentious but very lively and inspiring. The part of entertaining I love this most (other than getting people together, of course) is getting organized and making the house and party FESTIVE!

We even bought some simple strands of outdoor lights to put on our deck this summer, it is those little touches that make entertaining fun, isn’t it?

I also am loving that little serving caddy for outdoor parties, SO CUTE and so simple! I’ve never liked just throwing stuff out on a table, somehow by containing everything and presenting it well it feels more like a party.

outdoor kitchen

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And why stop at a serving caddy when you could have a whole serving island in your backyard? How cool would that be?

I may not get as much done in our yard as I had hoped this summer (since kind of the point of summer is to enjoy more downtime, right?), but I think the things we will get to will be fun and make everything a little better than it was — always a great goal every summer.

In fact, I already ordered a new outdoor rug and umbrella for my back deck. YAY! I’m SO excited  Now that my kitchen and family room are basically done color-wise, I’m planning to liven things up outside a bit with color. I want the colors to flow better from the inside out and outside in because I’m I guess I’m picky like that. And I’ve already added a few little new touches to my front deck. (I’ll show you the progress soon!)

outdoor porch
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Color can make such an impact in an outdoor space, those bright green cushions are just the happiest summer color for a porch! Love it with the blue too!

So are you ready for summer entertaining? If so, INVITE ME OVER!

***Check out my organizing for summer entertaining tips to get you started, all in a new post at The Decluttered Home!***

Organizing Summer Entertaining

Popsicle Recipe {Minty Watermelon Lime Fruit Pops}

popsicle recipe

Popsicle Recipe

Minty Watermelon Lime Popsicle Recipe // yield: approx four 2 oz. popsicles

2 cups 1-inch cubed watermelon

2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lime juice

6 mint leaves, chopped

*Optional: sweetener added to taste.

Instructions:

1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender.

2. Pour mixture into mold and insert stick.

3. Freeze until solid.

4. Run warm water over mold to release popsicle.

Notes:

This is a delicious and nutritious gourmet fruit pop! I used 2 oz. shot glasses for these popsicles. To get the stick to stand up without a mold, I covered the glass with foil and stuck the stick in the middle before freezing. I didn’t sweeten these and don’t think they need it, but if you want a sweeter flavor you can add your sweetener of choice to taste!

–Enjoy! Kylee Noelle

watermelon popsicles

Pellegrino & Lime with Blueberry Ice {Drink in a Blue Mason Jar}

summer drink recipe

Just popping in with a tasty summer drink recipe and to let you know that the blue mason jars you might have seen in my house tour are the new limited edition vintage inspired Ball Mason Jar! So cuuuute and USEFUL!

You can find them at Target, I just got another box today because you can’t have too many blue mason jars. That’s what I think, anyway. And I don’t want to have to wait another 100 years until they release them again, just in case.

You used to have to go spend a fortune on vintage ones if you wanted blue jars, but no more. At least for now! They come in a box of six so you’ll be all set for drinking glasses too!

I love them using them for vases or my famous “mason jar decor” too!

Summer drink recipe! A delicious drink for a blue mason jar!

Today the sun was out, YAY, so I made THIS refreshing summer drink. Of course, it tasted SO MUCH BETTER in the blue jar. Right? Looks cute and tastes delicious — that’s a win win.

Best of all, it’s easy to make AND it won’t add unnecessary calories, sugar or artificial colors to your diet. WINNING!

summer drink recipe san pellegrino

Fill blue mason jar with a few ounces of crushed ice. Or use frozen blueberries. Or both! I LOVE frozen blueberries!!! YUM!

Pour cold San Pellegrino mineral water over the ice or berries. Add a few squeezes of fresh lime juice, a mint leaf (and a lime wedge if you want!) and a stripey straw.

blue mason jar summer drink

Refreshing & pretty & oh so fun.

And you can try variations according to what you have on hand or like — it is tasty with some frozen cranberry juice, too! Really, you can put whatever you want in it. You can even buy the flavored San Pellegrino drinks, but sometimes they are a little sweet for me.

As long as you drink out of a blue mason jar, it is going to taste and look real fancy — like you are on vacation!

Enjoy!

summer non-alcoholic drinks

These Mason Jars were sent to me by the Ball Jar people! But I did go out and buy more for myself, they are that awesome!

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