Sunday, September 5, 2010

6 More Easy Fall Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

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You saw the metal screen makeover and you saw the first 4 simple, laid-back, go-with-the-flow, let's-see-what-I-can-find-in-my-garage, WhisperWood Cottage style ways to serve your guests in style. (If not, go check them out!) To keep the outdoor entertaining groove on, here are 6 more ways to surprise your guests at your next event with a mix of vintage, junk, and contemporary finds...

IDEA #5:
Grab that vintage pie safe to serve up dishware and feature your guest of honor.

IDEA #6:
Need some indestructible dishware for your outdoor event? Keep your eyes open for vintage Texas Ware plates and bowls at your local thrift store.

IDEA #7:
Post a photo or photos of your guest of honor or of the entire family. While tape would work, using magnets made from vintage dominoes is even better! They add some unexpected fun and a graphic punch. Plus, they were so easy to make!

IDEA #8:
Break out the croquet set until the snow flies!
The vintage sets in black are my favorite!

IDEA #9:
Some of your younger guests might need help reaching what they need. Provide them with a step up. I've used an antique railroad stool that is heavy duty and ready for service.

IDEA #10:
Add in a couple more candles in wind-proof lanterns.
This pair of lanterns was 75% off last year at Kohl's.

Mix it all together, and what do you have?

An outdoor space ready for entertaining!

I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend!

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  1. I love it all . I don't have any of those neat things in my garage, just a bunch of the DH's tools. Really can't serve on them. Love your ideas. Hugs, Marty

  2. So which weekend do you want to entertain us in your super cool outdoor space???? :)

  3. The great ideas just keep coming! BTW...why isn't my photo up there as the guest of honor?

  4. It goes without saying I'm sure Amy that I LOVE this.... :o) !!

    I have a croquet set sans the stand....So THIS is what they would like if I had one....hmmmmmmmm....Of COURSE....I've now added a croquet stand to my Junk Bonanza list....!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

  5. It is sheer perfection Amy! Great ideas, great uses for everything. I have been dreaming about your vintage stenciled screen - LOVE that idea! I am pretty sure I will be knocking that off!

  6. Fabulous!!! Come set up my patio now!

  7. Love it! All those little touches make everything so inviting...great job!

  8. The croquet set is wonderful, I had a set in Fla. Sold it when I moved into a CONDO. THat
    I will never do again. CONDO COMANDO's a real
    bunch of old gestapo crazies. Now I am in Maine w/ a house built for old age.

  9. Love what you have come up with. Lots of fun stuff happening on your backporch.

  10. I absolutely love your ideas and am coveting your outdoor entertaining area! Your flatware looks fab in those jars (definitely will be using that idea) and must have a pie safe of my very own.

  11. I love the cabinets with the rusty screen art above. That looks like a great place to set up for a deck party! Beautiful job


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