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Summer Party Inspiration

Yes, I love Summer.  LOVE.
Sunshine, my toes in the sand at the beach and lots of relaxing.
It's my favorite time of year  and one of my favorite things about Summer
 are those delightful warm Summer evenings.
Perfect for dining outdoors, sitting out next to a bonfire
 and for hosting parties and get togethers with family and friends under the stars.

 We usually have a get together for the 4th of July
with a few friends to celebrate America's birthday before everyone heads
 into town to watch the big firework show.

This months Lowes Creative Ideas challenge was for an outdoor party or 4th of July party inspiration 
so I set up a simple table on the patio and incorporated some of the Summer party ideas 
I found at Lowes.

Lighting is always one of the first things that I think of when it comes to party planning
I found several great options at Lowes for ambient lighting like these lights 
strung along the tree.

The larger Chinese lantern lights I found are solar powered
I love that they don't require any on and off- they just charge up during the day and come on in the evening

A big 15 gallon galvanized tub filled with ice 
is perfect for holding water bottles and keeping them chilled

For the table- I brought in a few whimsical touches
with tree round slice chargers for the plates, old jars filled with candles 

and that old fishing creel filled with a mason jar of water
 and flowers for a centerpiece

The dining table got a new look-with a fresh coat of paint and a little change
~ more on that in another post.

and for a Summer inspired rug - simply a drop cloth painted with red stripes

You can find more inspiration over at the Lowes Creative Ideas blog
and by signing up for the Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine~ it's FREE and filled with 
tons of great ideas.
They even have an app for it in the app store now too
where you will find some of the Creative Ideas Bloggers projects featured from time to time.

I am thrilled to be a member of the Lowes Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers Network

and am provided with gift cards for my projects & for my work.

All ideas, opinions and designs are my own of course!

sharing at
centerpiece Wed
Funky Junk
Tabletop Thursday


  1. you have such a great outdoor space for a party. LOVE that wonderful old flag!!

  2. So, so gorgeous Courtney! I have to get some of those solar lanterns! And the painted drop cloth as a rug was genius. It all looks fun and festive!

  3. I absolutely love it! Beautiful!

  4. I know where I would like to spend the 4th of July! What inspiration. LOVE the galvanized tub! Lowes is a frequent haunt of mine! You can almost get everything there. I also love that it is so neat the the staff is very helpful. You have partnered with a winner, Courtney!

  5. Adore it. Thanks for sharing and continuing to inspire!

  6. What time should I be there, Courtney?! I love everything about it from the fun lights and awesome tablescape ... to the genius floor covering!

  7. What a beautiful table and setting, love the fishing creel filled with flowers. So lovely. You always have such beautiful outdoor settings!!


  8. Hello Courtney,
    How those neat lights!!


  9. So beautiful Courtney...I need to run to Lowes to get those fantastic solar powered lanterns...perfect for summer or any time for that matter...Just love seeing your fireplace as a backdrop to the beautiful table you set!

  10. De bien jolies photos qui donnent envie de mettre encore plus en valeur le jardin... Ouf! enfin le printemps daigne arriver ! Donc avec l'arrivée des beaux jours, plus de vie et de partage entre amis dehors.
    Gros bisous

  11. What a beautiful setting! Your guests will feel so honored! LOVE those tree trunk chargers! I am going to see if my father-in-law can make me a few of those? Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  12. Courtney, your 4th of July inspiration makes me want to get my box of patriotic items out of the attic. Think my husband would think I'm jumping the gun though. This is a pretty setting. Love the large flag detail. Thanks for sharing........Sarah

  13. Love those solar powered Chinese lanterns, so festive for summer entertaining and I love your Grand Old Flag!

  14. The drop cloth 'rug' is my favorite! Great idea...


  15. This space is gorgeous! I'm including it in my Friday Favorites post :)

  16. Those log chargers are simply the best! Everything is so beautiful and I appreciate all of the inspiration; even though I am commenting well after the fact! Blessings!