A big thank you to Kirkland’s Home Décor for partnering with us on this post!
I don’t know about you guys but it’s been all about the simple pleasures of summer in Florida for the past few weeks. I was sharing with the visitors of “Camp CoCo” (my sweet niece and nephew) how much fun we used to have at sleep away camp, swimming in the springs, putting up vegetables from the garden, riding horses, drinking peach Ne-hi, adding “a little something extra” to the Slip N’ Slide and eating our weight in watermelon every summer. Of course, I stretched said stories as far as I could take them telling the littles secrets about their boho chic mom that ended in fits of giggles.
The thing I love most about summer is how relaxed everything becomes. It feels like time is measured in glasses of sweet tea, slices of pie and scoops of ice cream. Even though it has been crazy-hot lately, we love to eat outside whenever we can and especially love to picnic. I had all of the supplies ready to go when a rainstorm snuck up on us and threatened to cancel our big plans. I couldn’t bear to disappoint them so I told the kids to color in the living room while I set up our indoor picnic at the breakfast table. It was so quick and easy to put together I thought I would share in case you find yourself hosting an impromptu lunch, afternoon tea or have friends drop by for dessert and coffee on the porch.
I brought out a relaxing mix of woven chargers, ironstone, green and white checked napkins and these Bonjour Blue Cow Salad Plates from Kirkland’s I received as a birthday gift this year. These colors all pair well together because they are so classic summertime.
I unpacked all of the goodies we had planned to eat on the picnic and stacked them on this multi-tiered cupcake stand turned serving station. Using typical finger foods like sandwiches, fruit and veggies made it easy for each person to customize their plate. Of course, kids like to dip their veggies in ranch or hummus so using a small bowl like this made it easier to pass around.
We drink a good amount of sweet tea, lemonade and fruit infused water each day so I thought it would be fun to make a peach ice tea and drop in a few blueberries. I’m always looking for glasses that have a vintage feel yet are sturdy enough to handle frequent use. As soon as I saw these Sweet Tea Highball Glasses from Kirkland’s I was totally smitten. They are a bargain at $9.99 (not including tax or shipping) for a set of 4 glasses. We’re hosting a barbeque in a couple of weeks so I’m hoping to pick up a few extra sets for the event.
Running out of time, I tucked a few hydrangeas into antique ironstone pitchers and called the kids over for the lunch. At this point, the rain had already started falling so we turned off all the lights, lit a few candles, opened up the windows and doors to listen the rain shower. It was a completely unplanned summertime memory making session I know we’ll never forget.
Call up your friends, invite over your family, ask your next door neighbor to sit a spell on the front porch or back patio – it’s going to be so much fun. It doesn’t have to be fancy or formal to be memorable!
I hope you guys all have an awesome day! If you get anything from Kirkland’s let me know! I love to see what you guys find. I’ll see you Facebook, Pinterest and on Instagram on Tuesday and back here on Wednesday with my latest piece of painted furniture!
Thank you again to Kirkland’s for partnering with us on this post! As always, experiences, thoughts, ideas and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.