Monday, September 16, 2019

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Entertaining In

The Outdoor Kitchen

Now that the temperatures are dropping slightly, we will have more opportunity to spend time in the outdoor kitchen.  

This is our favorite place to entertain.  My husband loves to use the grill.  I love to style the tables and make the space look festive.  

We always have a Low Country Boil at least once a summer or fall.  This was the weekend for the Boil!

The Challenge is to make this space look festive for guest.  

This is a hard time of year for the yard, because the summer flowers are almost gone and it's expensive to replace everything with mum's and pumpkins.  

I personally use a combination of faux pumpkins and real.  This little REAL pumpkin was only $3.00 at Walmart and I thought it would make a cut centerpiece for the outdoor table.  

I made a ring out of fresh Rosemary that I have planted in the yard.  This was a free and easy way to add a decorative touch and it smells wonderful.  

The table runner was inspired by a table runner I found in a  thrift store!   I purchased some wide ribbon from Hobby Lobby that had the same colors to use on my longer tables.  
However, there was a problem!  
The colors faded away on the metal tables.  I dug around in my fabric storage and found some upholstery samples that had similar colors.  
I cut them to size and stitched them together to lay under the ribbon runners.   

I used these DIY runners on my two long tables and the thrift store purchase on my serving table.  

Here is the thrift store runner.  The wood tool box was also a thrift store find.  I had intended to paint the toolbox but never got around to doing so.  It has perfect dividers for the utensils and I filled the remaining areas with a vintage amber bottle, an ironstone pitcher and a candle.  

I used Rosemary, Sage and Marigolds from my yard to fill the vases and this was my center piece for the serving table.  

These tables are narrow and it was important to keep the center pieces simple so my guest would have room to eat.  I had two mix matched tin cans that I had painted a few years back.  I just filled them with water and added my herbs and marigolds.  

I used an old Coca-Cola crate filled with Vintage Pepsi Bottles (ironically) as my bar centerpiece!
I cut more flowers from the yard to use here for a whimsical look.  

Inside the outdoor kitchen, I have another long bar height table with the same DIY table runner.  
The center piece is a narrow vintage fruit basket that I filled with packing paper, rosemary and faux apples that I found in a thrift store.  Next I added two vintage amber bottles with marigolds.  

These items are also small enough to allow plates on either side.

 I was able to put this table arrangements together for less than $8.00.
The ribbon was $3.75 and was enough for both tables.  The faux apples were $4.00.
Everything else on this table was something I already had or free.  

The tool box was  $10.00 and the table runner was $4.00!  Both were a thrift store purchase!

I paid $3.00 for the pumpkin!  Everything else here was free!.  

So the total for my outdoor tables was only $22.00!

The good news is the herbs were free and stayed fresh looking and smelled great all weekend long.  
The table runners, tool box and faux apples will all be used again at a later date.  
The only disposable purchase is the real pumpkin for $3.00.  

You don't have to spend a lot to make your guest feel welcome.  

The Low Country Boil was a blast and we have so much fun with our guest.

Here's my husband's LOW COUNTRY BOIL Recipe

Amounts based on how many people

Small Red Potatoes
Smoked Sausage
Corn on the Cob
Sweet Onions
3 Lemon's Cut in 1/2 half
Zatarain's Crab Boil Bag

Boil Potatoes and Onions 15 Minutes with Lemons & Boil Bags in water.

After boiling rapidly for 15 minutes, 

Then Add Sausage Boil for 5 minutes

Then Add Corn boil for 10 more minutes

Then Add Shrimp for 5 minutes

Dump and Eat


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