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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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Warm & Cozy Throw Blankets under $50

Well, here in Wisconsin it definitely feels like late Fall (if not Winter). It’s November! How in the heck did that happen? The air is crisp, the leaves are gone and every once in a while you catch a flurry or two. I’m not quite ready for knee-deep snow, but a lazy day snuggled up on the sofa – sure, why not! The best days are curled up with your favorite, warmest throw blankets. In the market for a  throw blanket? Well, I have you covered! (Yes, pun totally intended! LOL) So curl up with your laptop or tablet and check out these comfy picks!

1. Knitted Throw Blanket with Sherpa – $28.99

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2. Cable Knit Cotton Gray Throw Blanket – $29.99

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3. Zuri Oversized Faux Fur Throw – $31.44

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Source: Amazon/Madison Park

4. Acrylic Chenille Pompoms Fringe Throw Blanket – $42.99

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5. Plaid Design Throw Blanket – $39.99

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6. Decorative Fringe Lightweight Throw Blanket – $25.88

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7. Lightweight Polyester Blanket – $40.99

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8. Faux Fur Dusty Rose Pink Soft Throw Blanket – $49.29

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Source: Amazon/Tache Home Fashion

9. Soft Lap Plaid Throw Blanket – $25.99

 

 

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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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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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A Guide to the Best Baking Apples

It’s that time of year again — apple picking and fall baking! With so many apple varieties to choose from, it can be hard to decide which apple is the best to use when baking. The best baking apples offer a balance of sweet and tart flavors as well as firm flesh that doesn’t break down in the oven while baking.

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Here is a list to help when deciding what apples to use in your fall baking.

8 “go-to” apples for the perfect Fall apple dish:

Jonathans

A classic American variety, and widely regarded as one of the best flavored with a good sweet/sharp balance. You’ll recognize Jonathans apples by their deep red-stripe skin and classic apple shape. Grown in many Midwest states, Jonathans are a great apple for pies, juice and cider.

Honeycrisp

The name says it all! Honeycrisp apples are one of the sweetest apples around. They are distinctively crisp and firm, holding their shape while baking. Mix Honeycrisp apples with a tart apple like Granny Smith for a stellar pie packed full of flavor!

Granny Smith

These pretty green apples are tangy and tart with a firm flesh. One of the most popular apples for pie making, pair them with your favorite sweet apple for the perfect flavor combination.

Braeburn

This deep red beauty is spicy and sweet. It’s stores well with it’s firm texture and holds it’s shape well while baking. A great apple to eat raw. It makes the perfect portable snack!

Golden Delicious

This golden beauty is sweet with a thin skin. Golden Delicious apples require less sugar in recipes due to it’s innate sweet nature and breakdown quicker in the baking process. These are the perfect apple if you like your apple pie to have a softer texture. Great sliced in salads and to make apple butter.

Cortland

The cousin to the very popular Macintosh, Cortland’s are sweet with a tart aftertaste for a little kick. This  red, plump apple has a snow white flesh that is slow to brown after slicing.

Gala

This crisp apple has a sweet, mellow flavor. A beautifully marbled apple is ideal for applesauce and is the perfect apple to eat raw.

Macintosh

Sweet and juicy, Macintosh apples have a thick red skin with a soft, meaty flesh. Macintosh apples flesh is softer in consistency and will breakdown quickly while baking. Pair Macintosh apples with a firm, crisp apple like Granny Smith for the ultimate pie combo.

Ok, now that you are educated on all the apple facts, it’s time to make something yummy and I have just the recipe, Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Crumble.
Enjoy ~M

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