Entertaining Made Easy


We had a birthday party for a good friend of ours. Do you ever freak out and over clean before company comes over? I always say I’m not going to go overboard, but I always do. It’s not like my house is that bad, or like I have  to “Spring Clean” it before a crowd comes over. I need to learn how to relax.

So of course I was too tired to really decorate, let alone make some decorations as I would of liked too. So instead of pushing myself, I dug my all purpose birthday flag out of the closet, used a colorful table runner over a plastic table cloth and lit citronella candles.

I used some regular scented votives set in sand with some shells in a glass bowl for the center piece. And scattered some votive holders with citronella votives around. I didn’t see one bug, yay!

When our canopy cover went south, we kept the frame and attached Christmas lights.
I used plastic plates and cups to save money on disposable ones and allowed everyone to bring a potluck dish. I usually always make all of the food, but I forced myself to let others help this time.

Our friends birthday was a lot of fun and I actually sat down and relaxed!


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  1. I like Birthday parties and haven't been to one for quite some time now .
    Also I like outdoor parties but with our triple digit weather all summer too hot and now we are starting fall.
    your table looked really good setting outside decorated
    nothing like candels to pretty up a table and I would like one of those Happy Birthday flags


  2. I love all the pretty bright colors that you used at the celebration! Thanks for sharing with us how you decorated your party are…it is fun to see your house “in action”. Thanks also for hosting your party for us!


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