Backyard Dinner Party

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After all the party planning and treasure hunting, we finally got to enjoy the finished result of our backyard dinner party over the weekend! It was the evening before my birthday so it was so nice to spend time with friends. I may have done the scheming, but once again, it was Gabe who did all the labor….:D:D

Furniture: We have been wanting a custom table for our dining room so we decided to bite the bullet and make one. Gabe worked on this for days, and I owe him my right arm at this point, but he reassures me he loves to woodwork….hmmm. After the table was finished we set it outside on our patio and brought in the weatherproof outdoor chairs as well as the San Martin chairs for a little color.

Table Top: As you got a sneak preview already, I bought mix of floral and melamine plates to bring in an array of color and pattern. I even used retro patterned forks. Fresh florals (last minute snip from the side of our house) made for a great centerpiece and the citronella candles kept the mosquitos away:)

Ambiance: Lighting can do so much for a space so we strung up these lights across 8 foot 2×2 steaks and staple gunned to the tops. We added the lattice board on one side of the patio behind our planter boxes to really make the space feel like a comfortable outdoor dining room. When the sun set we had dessert and a little music.

Food and Drink: We threw everything on the grill. Steak and Chicken Skewers with cilantro sauce, carrot medley, and grilled corn (for grilled corn salad). Goat cheese and crackers, guacamole, etc. for apps. Coconut Mojitos and Sangria filled the glasses.

Here’s the easy Sangria recipe:
1 Bottle Sparkling Peach Water
1 Bottle Sparkling White Wine (I used a bottle of peach from Trader Joe’s)
1 Bottle Red Sparkling Wine
2 Oranges
2 Lemons
4 Limes
4 Peaches

Throw in the fruit and pour in the liquids to simmer for at least a few hours!

Hope we get the chance to have many more opportunities to gather around this table with family and friends over the next few months. It is that time I value more than anything else! We poured a ton of hours into this, but now you cannot pry us away from our backyard. Happy summer!

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How to make your own outdoor bar table

Outdoor bar table/bar cart How-to

So as Anna mentioned yesterday, I am taking over for the day for a little woodworking lesson. Technically speaking this is a stationary table. What is good about the design and materials is that it can easily be turned into a cart by shortening the legs and slapping the wheels of your choice on the bottom.

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This may seem like a complicated process at first glance, but it is surprisingly simple and can easily be complete by a novice at woodworking. This was my first furniture project designed and built from the ground up, and I would in no way consider myself highly skilled in woodworking. As such, it is an ideal project for a first timer, especially considering the relatively low cost.

In addition you can use this same design to create your own coffee table by simply subtracting one shelf and shortening the legs.

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Home Depot Patio Makeover Reveal

Recently we were asked to participate in a patio makeover challenge with Home Depot. I knew the only way I could make this happen is by roping in my talented other half, Gabe. I had so much fun working with him to create and conquer our backyard plan. We have a very small fenced in backyard in a house we rent, so this should hopefully give you some ideas on how to best utilize a smaller space! We have a simple flat patio so I wanted to create a space that was fun for our family to hang out in while we grill outside or drink our coffee in the summer mornings. Atlanta has beautiful weather almost year round so I knew we could put this space to use. 

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Outdoor patio | IHOD | Chelsey Heidorn Photography

I focused on the textiles and details of the space and Gabe worked on the florals, plants, and DIY outdoor bar cart (details coming tomorrow)! He also created planters for me to plant an herb garden. You can check out all the photos on the Home Depot blog!

I had such a good experience working with the team at Home Depot. So friendly! I am thankful to them for sending us this patio set for our family to enjoy!

Thank you to Chelsey Heidorn for capturing all the photos (she got to hang with us afterwards for our patio party!) and to Kathryn McCrary for capturing the bar cart photo!

Bar cart details:
Thank you to Onli Beverages for sending the incredible drinks for our guests! The Hibiscus was my personal favorite.
Also seen: Spodee Wine and Slingshot coffee!
DIY Copper Tray: I picked up this tray from Hobby Lobby and just used copper spray paint! 
DIY Copper Succluent Pots: The succulent pots are from this DIY.
The glass tea/water bottles are from the Oh Joy! for Target collection, coasters from Shop the Coastal,

Pillows:  Blue and White: Home Depot, Yellow: Target
The awesome wicker furniture and iron chair I found at Goe Vintage here in Atlanta. I used outdoor spray paint from Home Depot for the makeover!
Most everything else is from Home Depot!

Come back tomorrow where Gabe will share the bar cart how – to!

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