August 11, 2017

a flamingle pool party

According to the urban dictionary,
a flamingle is a combination of flirting and mingling,
but in this case, it’s just a little mingle
amongst the flamingos, 

with a little swimming thrown into the mix!

So here's how I set the scene for
our latest pool party...

To set the table for this fabulous pink soirée,
I started with luau style raffia placemats
and large palm leaves that look
like philodendron leaves.

They’re perfect for a fun summer party! 

Always a great standby for any party are
a great set of clear glass plates.

You may recognize them from 
some of the other tables I've shared on the blog.

They're so versatile, match any style and theme,
and are one of my all-time favorite
tablescape accessories.

Well, look at how they work here...
the beauty of the palm leaf comes shining through
but the glass adds a much needed dose of elegance.

It's so fun to mix high and low pieces on a table.

The little inflatable 
flamingo drink holders were a must for this table.
As soon as I spotted them in the Oriental Trading catalog,
I had to have them for table...

and I ordered a few extras for the pool.

They’re soooo cute!

I love how these little flamingos add
just the right touch of whimsy
to the table.

At the center of the table are
two more friendly little flamingos
that are part of the centerpiece.

These guys came in a set of four,
with two large ones (mom & dad)
and two smaller ones (the kidlets).

I just cut a few leaves from my sago palm
and used two blocks of floral foam as a base
to create a little nesting area
for this pair of flamingos.

Some bougainvillea adds 
a bit more pink.

Bright paper lanterns are always a festive accent
and they look so pretty swaying in the breeze..

Seeing these little guys floating around
just makes me smile.

The larger flamingos are out near the
pool keeping an eye on the festivities, and

I don’t think a pool party is
complete without a few fun beach balls.

I also set up a few cocktail
tables around the pool for extra seating.

Lavender lemonade will be on the menu
to help keep thing cool.

You know me and my succulents, 
well I found the cutest pink succulents
that make the perfect accent for the smaller tables.

BTW, they're faux!

I'm not the only one who's a big fan 
of my new flamingo accessories, 
my dogs got really excited about the 
new inflatable flamingos in the pool.

They actually thought they were real
 and started barking up a storm!

And little Dugan was the biggest culprit...

wishing you a fabulous weekend!

ciao! fabiana

And it all came together like this:

Luau Place Mats:  Oriental Trading
Large Palm Leaves:  Oriental Trading
Inflatable Flamingo Drink Holders:  Oriental Trading
Bright Beach Balls:  Oriental Trading
Pink Napkins: World Market
Pink Glasses:  vintage
Clear Glass Plates:  vintage
Bamboo Flatware:  ebay
Flamingo Party Tea Towels:  Ciao Blog Shop
Paper Lanterns:  Oriental Trading
Bistro Chairs:  Serena & Lily
Faux Succulents:  World Market

Thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me these products to review. 
The opinions expressed in this post are truly my own.

August 7, 2017

pool party preview

Monday, Monday, oy!

As ominous as Monday sounds,
it’s always a good day for me
to get motivated.

It’s a fresh start to the week, and
I have a huge to do list of things
that need to get done.

Prepping for our weekend
pool party
is near the top of the list,
so today I opened up a big box
of goodies from Oriental Trading.

Inside the box
were a few key elements for
the pool party, like bright beach balls,
inflatable flamingo drink holders,
raffia placemats and
large silk philodendron leaves.

I ordered all these goodies last week,
and they arrived just in time!

So I wanted to share a little preview of
the table we’ll be setting.

I’m playing around with the arrangement
right now, so I get it just right…

I also ordered some bright paper lanterns
to swing around in the breeze and provide
some more fun color to the party!

I can’t wait for you to see it! 

ciao! fabiana

August 6, 2017

sunday drive

How about a little Sunday drive without
leaving the comfort of your own home?

I'm really drawn to all these houses
by the interesting choice

For my home, 
my husband and I chose
 a glossy black paint a few years ago
when we repainted our whole house.

I'm always tempted to brighten up the whole 
entry with a bold new paint color.

It's such an easy project to pull off, 
I might surprise the whole family
one day 
by painting it a really 
vibrant shade of teal!

Would you choose one of these 

ciao! fabiana

photo credit:  Good Housekeeping, HGTV Magazine, 
Traditional Home, Country Living. BH&G

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