Blog Posts - Outdoor Entertaining



Glamping Inspiration

disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. Summer is in full swing and that means vacations are underway. My kids have been lobbying to go camping, but...
by Simplified Bee on Jun 27, 2016

Jump Start BBQ Grilling Season

I just moved to a new home a couple weeks ago. If you’ve moved recently, you probably remember the overwhelmed feeling of boxes, priorities and lack of time. Where to start!? Because it’s May, the decision was easy. School is almost out, and outd...
by Your home, only better. on May 27, 2016

Barbeque Ready Patio

This past week I stopped in for my monthly visit to Las Vegas, right now the first house we remodeled is not rented to a tenant and we plan to keep it that way for the summer so we can enjoy it ourselves. I was invited by Ace Hardware to get my backy...
by Centsational Girl on May 26, 2016

Foodie Friday: Outdoor Entertaining Essentials

(Via Megan Hess)As I gathered my grilling gear last weekend, I realized that my stylish stash was missing a few entertaining essentials. I feel creating a terrific tablescape outdoors is just as important as it would be indoors. Of course, casual can...
by Shop This on May 13, 2016

Dress Your Deck!

There is still a chill in the air, but one can just feel that we are about to turn the corner. It's time to get out! I love my home in the sky and the beautiful views we have. I do, however, miss private outdoor space. It would be so much fun to exte...
by Shop This on Apr 14, 2016

Interview :: H2 Design + Build

Seeking a one stop shop for architectural drafting and planning, engineering, permitting, construction, landscape design and interior design? Paul and Katie Hackworth the husband and wife team behind H2 Design + Build can deliver! The boutique sty...
by Simplified Bee on Mar 22, 2016

Denim and Dining

Here's an idea to have in your back pocket, literally! Dress up your table with denim. When I was in Kansas, my mother-in-law gave me a stack of denim pockets. She told me she had seen the idea at a Denim & Diamonds event and had cut off the poc...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Sep 9, 2015

Dress Up Your Tiki Torch

Sometimes my favorite  projects are a result of a totally last minute decision.  This was definitely case with these floral tiki torches. I ran to Wal-Mart the day of my daughter’s birthday party and spotted that gorgeous striped ribbon and...
by Uncommon on Aug 6, 2015

Summer Entertaining Essentials For The 4th & Beyond

(Via Inslee Designs)July is filled with a busy schedule of picnics, barbecues and weekends away. Are you prepared for your Summer parties? Time to have festive thoughts for the 4th and beyond. I went on a search for some entertaining essentials that...
by Shop This on Jun 28, 2015

July 4th :: Outdoor Entertaining

disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links. Festive, without being cheesy. That’s what I love about this July 4th tablescape pictured above. Your Indep...
by Simplified Bee on Jun 23, 2015

A Garden Party

This week, some friends and I hosted a garden party for our garden club…and we couldn't have had a more beautiful day. Sunny, no humidity. The one thing we couldn't control was the weather, so once we knew we had that…the rest was easy. My frien...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on Jun 12, 2015

Let's Have a Garden Party

Today, a group of us are getting together to plan our garden club's luncheon in June. With so much inspiration out there, it's just a matter of which way we'll go. Formal and proper or relaxed and casual? Love the balance of the tight, more formal a...
by Pretty Pink Tulips on May 27, 2015

Creating an Outdoor Living Space

I don’t know about you, but around our homestead, it takes a solid 3 weeks to get the outdoors prepped + spruced to enjoy for the coming warmer months ahead. As the final piles of snow melted only a bit over a month ago, work began on Summerizi...
by SAS Interiors on May 21, 2015

Backyard Makeover Progress

It’s been awhile since I shared that we were going to be doing some major work in our backyard and we are well underway in the process now. I wanted to share a few pictures because if I don’t share some along the way then my final post wi...
by Ask Anna on May 15, 2015

Entertaining with Mom & Better Homes and Gardens

I was visiting with my parents in Las Vegas two weeks ago and my Mom and I took a few hours to set a colorful table so she can entertain her friends and family this summer. We shopped for Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart for a few pieces...
by Centsational Girl on May 4, 2015

Creative Outdoor Landscaping, Decor and Entertaining Ideas

Over the years, I have been collecting inspiration and ideas for some really creative (and smart) backyard ideas.  From creative landscaping ideas, outdoor decorating to entertaining, all of these ideas (I hope) will help and inspire us as we get &#...
by The Creativity Exchange on Apr 8, 2015

Friday Find :: Designer Outdoor Fabrics

With warmer weather fast approaching our patios, decks and porches are going to get a lot more use. Here is California, our outside living is an extension of what’s inside and therefore its critical that the design flows from one space to anoth...
by Simplified Bee on Mar 27, 2015

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

See the party-ready Logan Circle perch of Bob Williams and Stephen Heavner. Stephen Heavner, left, and Bob Williams relax on the terrace of their Logan Circle condo before guests arrive for a June drinks-and-dinner party. They bought the one-bedroom...
by Homedesigly on Nov 13, 2014

Easy Outdoor Entertaining Tips

Planning an outdoor entertaining event? No worries – keep it simple and have fun. A few simple planning tips will help your summer party be a smash! Seating Part of the fun (and challenge) of outdoor entertaining is figuring out the logistics o...
by Your home, only better. on Aug 7, 2014

Outdoor Entertaining and Decorating: Favorite Tricks

August is one of my favorite times of the year in East Texas; says no one ever…  Even though I have lived in East Texas for almost 20 years, I still seriously struggle with getting through the insane August heat … Continue reading →...
by The Creativity Exchange on Aug 6, 2014


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