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How to enjoy your patio in style



I have a confession - I have two tables for dining inside my home and right now neither is suitable for sitting down and having a meal at. Between all the travel and every single weekend for the past few months being filling with either heading out on a trip, coming home from a trip or catching up on laundry and packing for the next trip eating at home and keeping an neat house just hasn't been a priority. So the kitchen table has turned into a grocery staging area and kitchen odds and ends and the dining table has become my package receiving area and suitcase staging.
So with the weather suitable for dining al fresco I was thrilled when the folks at Full Beauty Brands reached out about creating an outdoor oasis for our back patio.

My husband Shaun does a pretty good job of mowing the lawn on a regular basis and we have a service to spray to keep the grass green and the weeds at bay but despite our best efforts the grass will not grow right around our patio because the roof shades it from any sun exposure. Looking at a foot of dirt isn't the most appealing sight so the first step was to create a barrier between the dirt boarder and our patio area - for this we used a planter box.
It took two large bags of soil to fill the planter and we selected three annuals to plant. Selecting annuals gives us the flexibility to change the look in the future but right now we wanted some fun pops of color. I selected pink because I already had a small outdoor rug in pink I knew would be perfect for the set up and did a purple flower in the middle just to add some variety. In total to fill the planter we sent $50 on top of the planter cost.


Next came the table set up - this bistro table set as the look of wrought iron but is actually a study plastic material so it's lightweight and easy to move around when we have changing needs for entertaining. Out porch is north facing so we would turn the chairs to enjoy a sunset dinner or glass of wine.


During the summer we tend to eat a lot of salads and lighter items so a melamine salad set was perfect to complete the set up. I love melamine dishes for casual dining because they are sturdy but light and super easy to clean.



Of course, what kind of southerner would sit on their porch without a glass of sweet tea? The table is just the right size for everything we need for light summer dinners and back porch sweet tea sippin.




I'll be sharing more with our fun new setup so stay tuned for some of my favorite salad and sweet tea recipes but I hope this post inspires you to create your own little outdoor oasis.

My outfit details: Dress and Shoes are Jessica London
Shaun's outfit details: Shirt, Pants and Shoes are King Size

***This post is in partnership with Full Beauty Brands who graciously supplied our clothes and outdoor items in the post. All opinions and design are my own.***

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  1. Wonderful post! I love the vintage look of the table and chairs, and those flowers are beautiful! Your dress is so pretty too! Perfect for summer :)

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