Summer is in full swing and that has meant putting down my hammer and picking up a glass of rosé. That’s right, I’m proud to be a rosé drinking, picnic packing, 80’s music lovin’ kind of girl. While the main house projects are taking a much needed break (mainly for my bank account), I have shifted my focus to the great outdoors to make outside feel right at home. This meant scouring the internet for the perfect affordable picnic table that could be left out and uncovered and shipped for free, planting a few flower pots (which I’m shocked are still alive), adding some lighting that could easily come down each weekend, making one epic trip to the dollar store, and finally buying my very first grill.
Here’s the skinny…
Dining table: I wanted a picnic table. I looked at dining tables with chairs, and it just felt like too much to clean and move around. This way, I can flip the benches on top of the table to protect the tops while I’m away. I will note, I picked this up from Joss & Main a month ago and it was about $100 less. That being said, it’s worth every penny. The table is beautiful, sturdy, and easy to put together.
Lighting: Thankfully, my brother had tons of bistro lights leftover from his wedding last year, so Mom shipped them out. I bought a very long extension cord an I just hang them from the trees and take them down before I leave. I also picked up a few lanterns with battery lights (the idea of lighting them each time seemed like a pain.) The ones I bought are now out of stock, but adding the link just in case they come back. They were a great price and can easily withstand the rainy summer weather.
The Grill: Nothing too crazy, just something that could last a few seasons and wasn’t ugly. That was the brief. So far so good – will give you a full report at the end of the summer once I’ve used it more than once.
The Dollar store: this is an entertaining must- for about $40 I picked up plastic trays, cups, and a variety of bowls that will last all summer long, are perfect for packing up and taking on those summer concert and boat adventures. As you can see from the picnic pic below, I am lucky enough to have friends who love a picnic just as much as I do, so when we pack up for concerts at the nearby Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center (we have already seen Hall&Oates and Journey this season) these dollar store finds come in quite handy.