Gardening Tips for Spring Landscape Planning

GARDEN SPACES & OUTDOOR NOOKS

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Who would not love to have that amazing firepit in their backyard?

 This is a little off-topic from my usual party tips here on The Party Fetti Blog but spring is just around the corner and if you love to entertain, its time to get that deck, patio,  and backyard area ready for the warmer weather for inviting guests to a barbecue or for a small summer gathering outside.  I also thought we could all use a little spring dreaming and inspiration since so many of us are under a blanket of white snow right now.

We are getting ready to begin some landscaping and backyard deck projects of our own, so I have been on Pinterest searching for some inspiration for gardening, landscaping, and general outdoor living space projects.  Here are some wonderful ideas I found that I plan to incorporate into our outdoor spaces around our home.

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I love the simplicity of this flat wood deck with just a pergola for some added shade over it.  I love this design but I would have some seating benches or two feet high rectangular wood potters around the outer edges of the deck, for safety reasons.  I am not sure what code is for a raised deck but I could see people taking a step backwards and accidentally falling off this deck.  The benches and potters on the edges would create a barrier to prevent falls.

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I love this idea of creating small space for two for a relaxing conversation space away from the party crowd, plus the dividing fence is ideal since we have two large dogs.  We decided we do not want to spend the money for a full privacy fence around our large backyard, but I would love to run a dividing fence like this to add some privacy near the house and to keep the dogs out in the backyard away from guests.

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I would love to have this custom build drop deck, but I am sure it is out of our budget.  Some day, maybe.

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I do love this open patio area with the semi covered roof.  Its not quite a full roof but a bit more coverage than a pergola offers.  Nice set up for entertaining too.

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This is perfect for adding some height to the garden and an unusual walking path.  We currently have what I like to call the ‘sink hole’ in one corner of our backyard.  It drops about two feet and would be quite costly to level with fill dirt.  Instead I have decided to make it our wild flower and butterfly garden area.  I’m just going to toss some sunflower seeds in the back and rows of wild flowers at varying heights in the front areas and let mother nature take hold.  We’ll see how that goes?  I think this would be idea in front of it with bird baths, birdhouses and a bench on either side of the rim of the slope for a relaxing area to sit and look at the flowers.

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Okay, maybe not this elaborate, but a girl can dream!  Maybe a bit more realistic like this-

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I will be incorporating some garden art like this into various areas of the backyard.  I love art and so of course the backyard will have some of my own DIY projects that I plan to share here on the blog along the way and throughout next spring and summer.

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An outdoor living space would not be complete without lighting.  If you recall from one of my previous posts discussing the importance of lighting, CLICK HERE FOR THAT POST, in the home- it is just as vital outdoors as well for creating ambiance and good lighting for guest to walk around at night at an outdoor event.

5bd072fd36bd8a393a0609107d498e32And finally I hope to one day have a beautiful English style garden like this leading up to our front door of our home, complete with the white picket fence!

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 I hope all of you are staying warm and looking forward to the spring temperatures just around the corner.  I hope these ideas have inspired you to get outside this spring to start your gardening.

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We will be adding many new spring designs over the coming weeks, so be sure to stop by often to see all the new decor coming soon!

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Brighten Up Your Outdoor Living Space

10 WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP AN OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Hopefully all the spring rain has dried up where you live and you are ready to dust off the grill and get outdoors.  If you are like me, we spend most evenings out on our deck in the spring and summer and we host barbeques and parties quite a bit during the warmer season.  We grill almost every night and enjoy the backyard.  So, I really have a bright and cheerful outdoor living space and this year we added a heavy duty metal pergola cover with a canvas shade for added privacy and to keep it cooler in the summer heat. Today I want to share some ideas for bringing color to your outdoor living space to make it party-friendly and inviting.

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  1.)  Add some bright paper lanterns for a pop of color overhead and for lighting after dark.

2.) Bring in an unusual piece of furniture and use it in a unique way- like this sewing table converted into a plant stand. And paint all furniture a bright color! Now is the time to find curbside treasures that you can upcycle into something new for your outdoor living space!

3.) Flowers and plants are the easiest way to add color to your deck or patio. Add a flower box or fill up the corners of your area with varying heights and colors of flowers.

4.) Additional seating in the yard with multi colored chairs.  These adirondack chairs come in different colors at most home stores but you can also paint those cheap plastic chairs in different colors if you are on a budget.  Or old metal chairs are super easy to spiff up and paint.

5.) Use bright colors of rugs, pillows, and home decor accessories to decorate your outdoor living space.

6.) If hosting an outdoor party- add some whimsy to your event with yard art, garden sculptures or PINWHEELS are always loved by guests!

7.) Paint your backdoor a bright color.  This will freshen up your space and make your entrance to it inviting.  This can also be done with a connecting garage door or backyard shed door.

8.) Make your own patio furniture.  Use old tires painted a bright color to make a coffee table or large planter on your deck or patio.

9.) Add a water feature to your space. This creates ambience with a soothing sound and also can actually make your space cooler. Remember to keep it clean and keep bug repellent or citronella candles nearby. Water can attract bugs if not maintained.

10.) Finally, DIY your own bird bath.  I love this simple idea of purchasing inexpensive pots painted and turned upside down to create a cheerful bird bath that will surely attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. Try it!

Thanks for stopping by Party Fetti today.  Now, get outside and decorate with color for your next event or barbeque!

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DIY Utensil Holders

DIY EASY UTENSIL HOLDERS- PERFECT FOR A PICNIC OR PARTY 

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These picnic utensil holders may be the easiest and most essential DIY party craft project you will ever make for your upcoming picnic or party.  You only need a few items to create them, and they are sure to be the hit at any event you host.

Materials:

Paper sacks (brown or white paper lunch bags can be found at most grocery stores)
Stamps
Washi tape
Plastic utensils
Paper napkins

Instructions:

  1. Lay the paper sack on a hard surface and fold it up from the bottom — this will become the pocket for your utensils, so be sure it’s about 3 inches in length
  2. Push down to create a crisp crease
  3. Take a strip of washi tape, place half of it on the top edge of your folded piece, and then press down to make sure the tape adheres correctly
  4. Apply more washi tape, this time to each side of the bag (this will seal the “pocket” for your utensils)
  5. You can use a number of stamps to highlight your picnic theme, but using alphabet stamps to spell out cute phrases will surely entertain the crowd (try phrases like “Bon Appetit,” “All You Can Eat,” “Chow Down,” and “Eat, Drink, and “Be Merry” or add a personalized touch by stamping your friends’ names onto the bags)
  6. Once you have finished stamping your utensil holders, insert your napkin into the pocket and place your plastic utensils on top of the napkin

Tip: You can make each utensil holder unique, or you can create identical ones that center on a theme. Coordinate your washi tape and use colorful napkins and utensils for a vivid effect.

These can be saved and re-used at your next event or picnic too.  I hope this DIY project has inspired you to get creative at your  next event and make some of your own party decorations and party favors to add a personal touch at your celebration.  However if you find that you just don’t have the time to DIY your party decorations and party favors, feel free to let us help you and stop by any of our party shops on Etsy.

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