My husband’s birthday was last week, and all he wanted was to have friends and family over to celebrate with him. Simple right?
Ha! It’s never that easy…
Like most of the DIY bloggers out there, I am always in the middle of a project, with several more lined up behind it – or going on simultaneously. For the weeks leading up to the party (which happened on this past Saturday) we tackled a ton of projects. Some were easy, like hang the frame that was hanging out by the front door for almost a year. Done. And find a place for those darling sconces. Done. Hmmm… do you think maybe it’s time to take the tags off of them, too? Hey, don’t rush me…
But, with a little help and ideas from Pinterest, we also tackled things like building corn hole boards with directions from Home Stories A to Z.
(As always, you can click on the picture to be taken to the original post. Please be sure to pin the images from other blogs from their pages so people can find it easier! 🙂 )
Her directions were so easy to follow, and it was a pretty inexpensive, easy project. Here is one of ours… we haven’t painted them yet because it’s been raining like crazy and they wouldn’t dry in this humidity. I’ll be sure to post the updated pics once they are done.
I also followed her directions on how to make the corn-hole bags…
I used the fabric that was left over from when I made new cushion covers for the patio furniture.
We also made a couple of adirondack chairs using Ana White’s directions…
And here are our chairs – again, not painted yet, but they worked just fine 🙂
We have the materials all ready to go for two more chairs, we just ran out of time. Since the pool has been finished, we are working on making it an inviting space – these will look fabulous around our soon-to-be fire pit!
UPDATE: Here they are, all painted and pretty.
I think I’ve posted about this next pin before, but I used this method again to shred the chicken for the chicken salad I made for the party. It’s a super easy time saver from Simply Healthy Family.
Ten seconds on medium speed in the mixer will make perfectly shredded chicken!
I have made this lemonade from What’s Cookin’ Chicago many times since I first tried it. It is always a hit, and I get asked over and over again for the recipe. One of my very favorite pins so far!
The day of the party, while I was cooking, I tried this pin that I found this idea on a blog called ResidenceBlog.com
I love the pink ones, so that’s what I used. I seem to have a small hoarding problem with them – every time I see them on sale, I pick up another bottle, even though I have a few bottles at home already. I think I’m secretly afraid they will discontinue them! LOL! I also use a small handful in drawers and cabinets to keep everything smelling nice. Works especially well for those thrift store finds that have that “vintage” smell. I put them in a little glass bowl to keep them from damaging anything should they ever melt. Why my drawers or cabinets would ever be hot enough to melt wax is beyond me, but I like to play it safe.
I know I used a few more pin ideas that day, but I’ll save those for another day. Some of them weren’t as successful as these were, so I’ll keep them for a “PIN FAIL” post. 🙂
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