Archive | June, 2016

Real Life Party: A Rustic Backyard BBQ

The start of our summer included a trip home to see family and attend my best friend’s wedding, it was a great way to kick off summer!  While home, I got to attend a party hosted by my sister-in-law.  It was a great party with lots of great food and so beautifully decorated I just had to share it with all of you.

Pinterest Graphic-Rustic Backyard BBQMy sister-in-law and I are basically the same person when it comes to entertaining, she loves to do it and she loves to make everything extra pretty.  If you put us together to throw a party you can bet it’s going to be the best looking party around!  She has the best eye at finding amazing pieces at thrift stores, yard sales, and in the middle of random fields.  One of her awesome finds was the centerpiece for the entire party.

Rustic Backyard BBQShe used an old door that she found lying in the middle of a field as her buffet station.  Genius!  After cleaning it up and sanding it down, she perched it on top of two lovely, versatile wine barrels.  To make the buffet a smooth counter top, she added a piece of plexiglas on top of the door.

Rustic Backyard BBQIf you can get your hands on a pair of wine or whiskey barrels, do it!  They work for so many things.  Use them as a buffet station just like this, or cocktail tables at a wine themed party, as a gift table, and even as a flower planter on a patio.

Rustic Backyard BBQ Labeling food is a must, especially if something isn’t exactly what it looks like.  Those look like bratwursts, but they were pineapple and jalapeno flavored bratwursts.

Rustic Backyard BBQ

Rustic Backyard BBQMy sister-in-law, the former produce manager at a large grocery store, always has the best fruit, fruit salad, and fruit displays.  They always look great, but taste even better.

Rustic Backyard BBQI loved her use of galvanized buckets to keep the rustic theme throughout the party.  These cute little buckets were the perfect size for napkins and cutlery.

Rustic Backyard BBQGalvanized tubs were also used to hold drinks.  The host purchased them at a farm/feed store, which just goes to show you that sometimes you need to think outside the box on where to get party supplies.  I thought it was really smart to use two tubs stacked to raise the drinks up, but she had also planned on having the bottom tub next to the drinks so party goers could recycle their drink bottles.

Rustic Backyard BBQ

Rustic Backyard BBQUsing vintage looking glass soda bottles helped carry the rustic theme throughout the party.  Plus there were some really fun flavors mixed in there.

Rustic Backyard BBQFor those not interested in the fun soda options, there was also a drink station set up with lemonade and tea.  Using two small milk glasses to hold the straws was really cute.  I actually found some small milk bottles recently at Dollar Tree of all places.  You can bet that I loaded up on them because they can be used for so many things, and they were only $1.

Rustic Backyard BBQAnother great find was this three section galvanized tray my sister-in-law found at a thrift store for only $8!  It was perfect to hold chips and condiments.

Rustic Backyard BBQI can’t forget dessert!  I can personally attest that those brownies were amazing!  If you do plan on having desserts that could melt in the sun, be sure to keep them indoors or a cool area until right before you plan to serve them.

So what did you think of this rustic backyard bbq?  Don’t you just love all of the thrifted, found, and gathered pieces that took the decor to the next level?  Which was your favorite, the galvanized tubs, or the vintage door?


Also linked up with: Decor to Adore




2016 Summer Bucket List

Although it’s only been a few months, living in Denver has made me really excited for the summer. After moving from San Diego where it’s always warm and the weather is nice enough to do whatever you want outside anytime of year, I think I’m really going to appreciate the summer here. That’s why I want to spend the next few months really celebrating the nice weather by getting outside and doing all things summer.  I’ve created a Summer Bucket List to do just that!

The best news is that you can have it too!  There are about 20 fun things to try to fit in this summer, and space for you to add your own creative ideas to stay busy and celebrate the warmth and good weather summer has to offer.  Just click on the picture below to download and print out this year’s summer bucket list, then start having a blast!


We’ve already done several of these things thanks to a fun-filled trip to see family and friends, but there’s nothing holding us back from doing them again!  Check with your local Chamber of Commerce to see if there are any parades, festivals, or summer time activities in your area.  If you don’t want to spend too much money on these activities, check with businesses to see if they offer a group rate, if so, gather together a bunch of your friends and their kids to spread out the cost.  Lots of museums, zoos, and water parks offer discount programs for military, AAA, or senior citizens.  If Grandma or Grandpa want to do something with the kids, ask them to use their senior citizen discount.  Your local library is another great resource during the summer, most offer summer reading programs, camps, and classes that are typically free, all you usually have to have is your library card.

Now that Memorial Day is over and summer has officially started, be sure not to waste any of that good weather and start having fun!  Make it a summer to remember with fun experiences, new traditions, and quality time together.  We’ve got a lot of fun things planned this summer and now that the Colorado winter is over (I think), we will definitely be enjoying the beautiful weather.  I’m hoping to have several parties this summer using our almost finished patio and backyard, so be sure to keep coming back all summer to see how we use our new space to celebrate.

Don’t forget to click on the bucket list or here to print it out and use it all summer long.



Celebrating everyday!