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Outdoor Summer Entertaining Basics

Long summer days and outdoor entertaining go hand-in-hand. After all, we might as well celebrate the extra hours of sunlight by kicking back with a few of our favorite people while enjoying a yummy cocktail and some delicious food.
I gathered a list of some of my favorite outdoor entertaining basics available this season. Take the stress out of planning your Summer soiree and keep these items on-hand for that impromptu backyard grill out or cocktail around the fire-pit.

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Gibson Studio 12 Piece Mauna Melamine Dinnerware, Golden Yellow – Amazon

Serve and entertain your family or guests with the Mauna 12 pc. Melamine dinnerware set. The break-resistant melamine is perfect for families with kids! The crackle finish gives you that designer look. – set contains four each of: 11″ dinner plate, 9″ dessert plate and 7.5″ bowl – dishwasher safe – yellow finish

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Natural Macrame Table Runner – World Market

BOHO is so trendy right now! This intricately hand knotted by Indian artisans using 100% cotton rope. The rustic natural macrame runner with long tassels adds bohemian flair to any table.

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Pop Clear Acrylic Drink Glasses – Crate & Barrel

Cool and refreshing color serves up soda, juice, water and more in break-resistant acrylic drinkware that can be used indoors or out.

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White Picnic Cooler – Crate & Barrel

Bring some nostalgic charm to outdoor concerts, firework displays or beach outings with our retro-styled white picnic cooler. Made of durable steel, the insulated cooler keeps drinks and snacks fresh and cool. This retro design even incorporates a handy bottle opener!

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Vermont Iron and Wood Tray – Amazon

Decorative serving tray is made from a unique combination of wrought iron and Oak wood adds a rustic touch to your outdoor dinner parties.


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Acrylic Drink Dispenser – Crate & Barrel

Serve your favorite lemonade, ice tea or sangria in this versatile acrylic drink dispenser. Featuring a large-capacity 3-gallon beverage dispenser, it’s great for casual cocktail parties, family reunions and outdoor occasions. Clear acrylic container with Mason jar shape is topped with a cork lid and gets a lift from its metal and wood handle. Low-lying spout ensures easy and long-lasting pouring.

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The Giant Wooden Yard Dice – Wayfair

Keep your guest entertained with some fun games! These giant dices are perfect for guests of all ages. They come in an easy carrying case so you can take them to any picnic, tailgate and backyard or pool activity. These wooden dices are hand-crafted out of soft pine wood, with the pips heat branded into the wood, so they will be marked for the life of the dice.

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Backyard Patio Globe Lights – Amazon

Add amazing ambience to your outdoor entertaining area. These backyard Patio Globe light are 25 feet long with 25 clear G40 Bulbs. Strands of lights connect end to end for easy stringing.

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Triangle Sun Shade Sail – Amazon

Protect you and your guests from harmful UV sun rays with this inexpensive and stylish shade sail. Easy to install and available in 6 colors to easily match your outdoor décor.

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Free “Hello Pumpkin” Printable

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Well Hello Pumpkin, Happy National Pumpkin Day! I didn’t even know that was a thing, but now that I do…and it’s totally worth celebrating! I’ve had this illustration tucked away for some time and thought it was the perfect day to share it.  Print, style and share this pumpkin freebie. Pumpkins are cute, yummy, and totally worth celebrating! Enjoy! ~M

Download Free Hello Pumpkin Print >

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P.S. – If you end up using this print, I’d love to see how you use it! Post it to Instagram and be sure to take @housefenway in your pic. xoxo

Like eating pumpkin seeds? I have the perfect easy and quick recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Friday Favorite: Wick + Fiber

Hey there friends! I thought I would pop in and share another one of my small maker Friday Favorites. So maybe farmhouse style a la Joanna Gaines is not your thing, maybe you’re more mod and dig BOHO or maybe you like to mix your styles up a bit and do it all ( I do!) Wick + Fiber’s woven wall hangings are so versatile, you can do just that, mix and match. These hand-woven creations definitely fit the popular BOHO trend, but look great incorporated with a blend of styles. Why not be eclectic? Life’s too short not to be!

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Wick + Fiber is owned by Caroline, a hard-working stay at home mom of 7. Her business is based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Along with hand-woven wall hangings, Caroline creates hand-woven buntings and a selection of handmade soy candles.

Wick + Fiber Wall HangingI incorporated one of Wick + Fiber’s wall hangings into a grouping along my bedroom wall. Pairing the hanging with a vintage globe from Goodwill (for $5!) and an arrow board sign from Hobby Lobby, creating a whimsical wanderlust theme.

Go check out all of Caroline’s handwoven creations at her shop: Wick + Fiber

 

Want to discover new makers and artists? Check out all of House Fenway’s Friday Favorites.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration

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We’re smack-dab in the middle of Fall and I have to say it is one of my favorite times of the year. The crisp weather, beautiful Fall color, pumpkins galore and of course yummy comfort food – how can you not love that?

Like most seasons, I decorate my home surroundings with elements that reflect what’s going on in nature. And well, because Mother Nature is the true ultimate decorator, it makes sense to take cues from her.

Here are some inspirational photos of my décor this year. Chuck full of Fall leaves and pumpkins. (and pumpkins and pumpkins….did I say pumpkins?)

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Like these beads? I make them and they are available in my shop.

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As we creep closer to Winter I start sprinkling in plaids and pinecones.

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Friday Favorite: ForEveritts Home

Happy Friday guys! We’ve made it through another week. *happy dance* I swear, I don’t live for the weekends, but when the week is long and the weather is gloomy – the weekend is so welcomed by this girl! For those of you that have been around for a while now you probably know on Friday’s I like to share my favorite makers, artist and crafters. Supporting small businesses, hard working mamas (and daddies) and the creative spirit is so very near and dear to my heart. This week is no exception!

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Since starting House Fenway a little over a year ago, I’ve made lots of new friends. Mostly other artists, that own their own businesses, Etsy shops and websites. Sami from ForEveritts Home is one of them. This girl is one of the handiest woman I know! Saws, drills, splinters and all – this girl gets right in there! Her reclaimed artwork showcases not only her power tool skills but the true beauty in repurposed materials. Each piece unique, Sami mixes a vast array of natural elements including reclaimed wood, moss, and florals to achieve these beautiful pieces of art. Each season she launches a new collection highlighting the colors and textures shown currently evolving in nature.

IMG_5509I feel honored to own one of ForEveritts Home’s pieces and I think it adds the perfect touch of Fall to my home. The juxtaposition of textures – the harness of the reclaimed wood against the softness of the moss and florals is so artfully displayed.

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Sami has just launched her own website this month which includes a shop, blog and a beautiful inspirational board full of her creations. She is definitely worth checking out, following and why I chose her as my Friday favorite! Shop ForEveritts Home now >

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Here is a gallery of some of ForEveritts Home’s other stunning creations:

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