If You Need Me This Summer, I’ll Be Outside

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In the summer, we spend a lot of time on our back porch and in the pool. Most afternoons you will find me sitting in the shade while my girls are in the pool. Then in the evenings, we like to grill and eat outside. And on the weekends, we love to host friends and family to join us swimming and grilling. 

Last month, I was invited to do a little shopping at Pier 1 in search of the perfect summertime accessories to liven up our little outdoor oasis. To make my porch more inviting, I was excited to add a few pops of color to our otherwise monochromatic porch. (One of these days what I really want is one of wicker sofas, but for this summer I was happy to add some color.)

After doing a little furniture rearranging to create myself a relaxing sitting area, K and I took a minute to relax before throwing our first summer party of the season to enjoy our new space. It is the perfect place for me to sit and watch the kids play in the pool, and it is also the perfect place for guests to relax during summer parties. 

Outdoor Patio
One of the things I really wanted for our outdoor space where some colorful pillows, and Pier 1 is full of beautiful outdoor pillows in bright, fun colors. I had a terrible time deciding which pillows would come home with me! Ultimately, I fell in love with these because not only are they my fave color combo — blue and green, but they are also reversible pillows. Which means two looks in one!

Outdoor Reversible Pillows Pier 1
Another thing you can’t miss are the Pier 1 lanterns — so many beautiful options! Even though I don’t have anywhere to hang a lantern like they are shown a Pier 1, they look great as the centerpiece on a table too. Hint, I like to use flameless candles so I never have to worry about fire. In fact, my cute “real” candles that I put around the table never got lit during our party because of all of the babies. But we were able to enjoy the soft glow of candle light with the faux candle in the lantern. 

Pier 1 Lantern
When entertaining kids at a pool party, trips to the bathroom are inevitable. So when I saw this floral outdoor rug that totally goes with my pillows, I had to have it! Not only does it look pretty and dress up the doorway, but it helps all of those wet feet dry off! 

And really, it is so pretty!

Pier 1 Outdoor Floral Rug
But my favorite purchase for my outdoor oasis is my new Mason Jar Drink Dispenser. I have always just borrowed my mom’s drink dispenser for parties, now I have my own — that looks like a giant mason jar no less. 

Oh the drink possibilities! 

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser Pier 1
For our summer kick off party, I made strawberry-infused water. It is refreshing with just a hint of sweet – perfect for parties because everyone can enjoy it.  (Notice that I had outdoor glassware for adults and plastic cups with lids for kids!) 

Mason Jar Paper Straws
I love how a splash of color can quickly and easily liven up a space. This little outdoor makeover came together in an afternoon and will make me smile all summer long. 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.


  1. heather s says:

    Embossed Garden Stool , Meridian Melamine Dinnerware – Blue are both nice

  2. susan smoaks says:

    i like the lemon outdoor geometric pillow

  3. Pam Hoffman says:

    I love the colorful outdoor lanterns!

  4. Denise Donaldson says:

    I like the Ciudad Loveseat – Mocha

  5. Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… we like the Cobalt Rim Pitcher

  6. I like the Marine Blue Umbrellas.


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