Solar-Powered Globe String Lights for Outdoor Entertaining

Solar-Powered Globe String Lights for Outdoor Entertaining

They are back!!!! Two years ago, we ordered five sets of these solar-powered globe string lights to criss-cross our patio. We were hosting Thanksgiving and the solar powered patio lights would add a canopy effect plus when combined with lots of candles, provide enough light even after sunset. We could not have been more pleased with the entire look and decided to keep the lights up year round.

The fact that these globe string lights are solar-powered was absolutely essential to my purchase decision making process. We do not have an outdoor outlet nearby so we would have had to either spend lots of money on an electrician or run the lights under the french doors into the living room. Neither of those solutions were acceptable. Instead, we were able to attach the lights' solar panels to the roof. I won't lie, you can see them but they are not a distraction or an eyesore.  All was good.

That is until about a month ago when a wind storm hit the patio. The tape I used to attach the lights to the wire infrastructure I had created, was old and cracked and basically gave out. The lights fell and that was that. Ever since, I have been searching for a comparable product. After weeks and weeks of research we had an aha moment and finally checked Amazon and of course Amazon offers a large selection of solar powered globe string lights!

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Just Birdhouses

Just Birdhouses

Just Birdhouses

We had no idea there were so many birdhouses! They make fun accents for your garden party and will bring hours of enjoyment after the party is long over. And don't forget the birdhouse theme invitations.  Continue Reading →

S’more Fun | S’mores Party Invitations

Smores Party Invitations

S'mores Party Invitations – Photo Courtesy of blog.Tiny Prints

S'mores Party Invitations

We love Instagram.  We check our feed first thing every morning and today we awoke to this festive end of summer party idea courtesy of Tiny Prints.  How fun would it be to send off summer with a toasty treat by setting up a stocked s'mores bar in your back yard!  We just happen to have a fire pit (or two) so we can't wait to invite friends over for s'more fun.  Although we did like these joyful herringbone party invitations (they are no longer available), in the end we actually prefer the more literal s'mores party invitations available on Minted so there is absolutely no confusion about what to expect – no dinner, no cocktails, simply s'mores. We are especially excited that among the Minted invitation offerings is one of their free online invitations (*free thru 12.31.17) Continue Reading →

Easy Home Updates for Outdoor Entertaining

Easy Updates for Outdoor Entertaining

Easy Home Updates for Outdoor Entertaining >> Afternoon in the Orchard | Patio LoungingBBQPatio Seating | Outdoor Dining

Easy Home Updates for Outdoor Entertaining

Guest Post by Amy Spagnola for LuxeDecor

Summertime is the season for spending hours lazily lounging and socializing outside with friends and family. Warm temperatures and long light encourage conversations and cocktails porch-side. From a fresh patio set to glamorous garden accessories, there are endless options for adding fresh ambiance to your yard and outdoor spaces.

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Light Up Your Party with Chic Holiday Decor | Christmas Ball Lanterns

by Sarina

Product Alert – Today's PIP's Pick!

We are so excited – we just discovered Plow & Hearth's fabulous Holiday Shop. There is one product in particular that we adore. Plow & Hearth's White Solar Christmas Ball Lanterns are perfect for decorating your home both inside and out. The lanterns come in different colors and you can change the shape into a ball or a column. Place them outside to light the way to your doorstep or hang them from the trees to make each Christmas night a starry one. These lanterns are best used when charged in sunlight so even when the sun goes down or if you choose to bring them inside they will shine bright at night! Best yet, Plow & Hearth has launched a Campaign to Reforest America. For every Solar Star Lantern you buy, a tree will be planted by the National Forest Foundation.

White Solar Christmas Ball Lanterns Solar Ball Lanterns

As we said before, these wonderful lanterns are not just for outside! Place these lanterns around the house to bring in the holiday cheer! Although perfect for any holiday party the white lanterns work especially well for a Winter Wonderland themed celebration.

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Patriotic Entertaining Essentials at One Kings Lane

Patriotic Entertaining Essentials

Although a bit too late to purchase for use at today's Memorial Day BBQ's, it is definitely not too early to start planning for your 4th of July entertaining needs!  Celebrate summer (and our forefathers) with this collection of patriotic party buckets, grilling accessories, plates, and more. By the time you're through, you're sure to feel like lighting a sparkler or two.

Some of the deals are good but others are really great especially the napkin rings which we promise you will use over and over – not just at your patriotic parties! We are featuring just a few of the fabulous products.  Be sure to check them all out NOW!  So many of our favorites are already sold out. 

Patriotic Entertaining | One Kings Lane Sale

Arrived here after the sale is long over?  Be sure to check out our other Patriotic Theme Party Planning, Supplies & Ideas and our Red, White, and Blooms – A Patriotic Party.

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Gifts for the Frog Lover

Gifts for the Frog Lover

Fabulous Gifts for the Frog Lover!

I was just going through my inbox when an email from Plow & Earth caught my attention.  They are offering 15% off gifts for mom with code LSMOMPH.  I know, I know lots of merchants are offering great Mothers Day deals but Plow & Earth is one of the few companies whose products are perfect for my mother-in-law so I started to explore the site. Lo and behold, much to my delight, I found that Plow & Earth has a fabulous selection of delightful frogs engaged in activities from sipping coffee in the garden to canoeing.  Not exactly my mother-in-law's cup of tea but my dear friend Jean, is smiling from above.

This is for you Jean!

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Paper Lantern Party Decor & Invitations

Paper Lantern Party Decor & Invitations

Paper Lantern Party Decor & Invitations >> Paper Lanterns

Paper Lantern Party Decor & Invitations

Turn any space into a lantern-lit wonderland. Let Party Idea Pros help you decorate your next big bash with chic and modern decorative lanterns. Whether you call them paper lanterns, Chinese lanterns, or rice paper lanterns, they add another dimension to your party decorations. Lanterns can be used to decorate for weddings, anniversaries, baby or bridal showers, birthdays or any other event where a splash of color is needed!

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Royal Empress Tree

  …Royal Empress Tree

Royal Empress Tree

World's fastest growing tree with year-round appeal

As I sit here on my porch on this glorious August  evening in Southern California (Planting Zone 9, to be exact), I happened to open my latest email from Nature Hills Nursery.  Generally, I skim most of my emails, but for some reason TJ's blurb about The Royal Empress Tree grabbed my attention so I actually clicked the link and now I am obsessed!  I not only want a Royal Empress Tree, I actually ordered one!

The Royal Empress Tree is the world’s fastest growing hardwood tree. It’s actually listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. How cool is that.  Check out the product page at: Royal Empress Tree

I love the Royal Empress Tree's majestic shape.  I love its spectacular display of bell shaped, deep lavender flowers that burst into bloom on cascading clusters of blossoms and its wonderful light jasmine / gardenia scent.  I love its uniquely fuzzy huge heart-shaped emerald leaves.  And I love that it is super hardy,tolerant of almost any soil type and very fast growing (I am very impatient).  According to the literature this miracle of nature can grow up to 15 feet in its first season, and at maturity reach heights of over 50 feet in less than five years!

   Royal Empress Tree

Quantities are limited. Order now to avoid disappointment!

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