Today I’m joining with a few friends to bring you some summer ideas, sponsored by Amara. Be sure to visit the other posts linked at the bottom of this post.
Hubby and I used to entertain a lot, hosting dinner parties and outdoor barbecues almost every weekend.
But over the last few years, our entertaining has become much more simplified and laid back, usually with just simple cocktails on the patio in the evening.
Sometimes friends or neighbors will stop by, but many times it’s just hubby and I spending a quiet moment at the end of the day, sitting on the patio, sipping a cocktail, enjoying the beautiful evening, and talking about our day.
It’s the perfect end to a day, and gives us a chance to relax and enjoy these Spring evenings.
Our patio area has been pretty neglected since we bought our fixer upper.
It’s still a work in progress, but it’s slowly coming along.
We’ve spent so much time working on the indoors that the patio doesn’t get a lot of attention, however this Spring we did manage to get new cushions for the chairs and new flowers in the pots and planters.
It’s become the perfect place to sit in the morning for coffee, and in the evening, having a cocktail or a glass of wine.
I’ve also added a few new things from an amazing company, Amara, the leading online store for luxury home fashion brands.
These cobalt blue acrylic tumblers are perfect for our evening cocktail hour.
I decided to go with bright and bold colors on the patio this year, so the bright color of the tumblers work perfectly.
I’m also obsessed with this wood tray. It’s perfect for carrying drinks to the patio, or some simple hors d’oeuvres.
Stamped on the side is “Drinks Anyone?”.
Our neighbors stopped by last evening for an impromptu visit, and it was so much fun to serve drinks on this cute tray.
Flowers and plants are an easy way to spruce up an outdoor living space, and every Spring I love walking the aisles of our local nursery and buying flowers and plants for the planters on the patio.
I’ve been wanting some large planters for awhile and when I found these two large galvanized metal planters at Amara, I knew they were perfect for holding the large hydrangeas that I had bought at the nursery.
The hydrangeas will eventually get planted in the yard and then I plan on planting two boxwoods in these fabulous metal planters.
They can be used in so many different areas.
I can see them on the front porch, sitting on each side of the door with a topiary in them, so I may try them in a few different places.
We have a couple of four legged guests that enjoy cocktails on the patio as well.
They have their eyes on the snacks, or maybe it’s those beautiful glasses!
Our grand dog, Zoe Mae, is staying with us while our son relocates for a new job.
RubyLou is enjoying having someone to run and play with.
They both follow me everywhere I go, so it was hard to get pictures without them in it. They both seem to enjoy getting their pictures taken.
I would like to thank Amara for providing the products for this post, however all opinions are 100% my own.
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