Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A Beautiful Outdoor Oasis Party & Pier 1 Giveaway! #Pier1OutdoorParty #MC #Sponsored

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

Anyone who knows me knows how I love entertaining with  pretty fresh flowers, easy food and yummy drinks. And with summer vacation for the kids arriving soon, I thought it would be so fun to gather together a group of 6 girlfriends for food, fun and laughter before we all scatter for the summer with various vacation plans with our families. Although the late afternoon sky threatened rain, {and it was actually lightly sprinkling when I took these pictures}, it did miraculously clear off and reveal some bright sunshine so that our Friday evening party could go ahead as planned...which made me super happy. And with help from Pier 1 Imports, I was able to create a beautiful, bright & comfortable outdoor oasis for entertaining friends.
Come and have a look at this lovely evening!
Our outdoor oasis included lots of cozy seating with pretty blue floral cushions.
And no party is complete without fresh flowers. I love big & bold vases and this large seagrass netting vase is gorgeous for showcasing flowers.
I served one of my favorite summer time drinks....basil watermelon lemonade in these great acrylic stemless goblets with turquoise straws. This lemonade is such a refreshing change from the usual.
And I served lots of finger foods: veggie crudites and dip on platters, with some gorgeous paper napkins and paper plates, which make for fast & easy cleanup for a busy hostess.
And I love serving some of my favorite crispy crackers in a basket bowl with cheesy dips.
And to finish off, I offered lots of colourful fresh fruit with a cream cheese & yogurt dip in a pretty yellow bowl.
And no party is over without some yummy cream puffs!
It turned out to be a perfectly beautiful evening with lots of hilarious stories and uproarious laughing.
I love hanging with friends. And outdoor parties are the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of summer after a long winter.
As a busy mom, it is sometimes hard to find time for a little fun. But with summer here, I really have to look no further than the pretty outdoor oasis that is my back deck. And with friends, easy food and drink, there is no place I would rather be on a warm summer evening!

To help you celebrate summer, Pier 1 is giving 1 lucky reader a $25 gift card {across multiple blogs}so you may enjoy your own outdoor oasis!
To Enter To Win A $25 Pier 1 Gift Card, you must be 18, live in Canada and leave a comment below telling me you would like to buy for your outdoor oasis. Please make sure that there is a valid email attached to your email. Giveaway ends June 16, 2014 at midnight EST.
Good Luck!

Would you like to see more ideas for creating a beautiful outdoor oasis?
Check out my friends' lovely parties:

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This post is linked to:
Work It Wednesday, I Gotta Create,, I`m Lovin` It, Inspiration GalleryWeekend Retreat, The Party Bunch, Tatertots & Jello, Link Party PaloozaMonday FundayUnder The Table & DreamingTime To Sparkle,

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