In advance of celebrations on the 4th this year, I decided it was time for a much needed make over on our back deck. My goal, take it from drab and sad to festive and bright....ready for hosting some friends for cocktails and a walk down to the waterfront to watch the fireworks over the Charles.
Husband even helped me with my DIY project, making a ribbon banner to drape as a canopy over the deck and lounge underneath (inspiration found in the latest Harvard Square Anthropologie interior store display). So simple to do, I just tied ribbon to a central hook from the deck roof and draped down the sides, securing in place with a few patriotic tacks spaced evenly on either side.
Also perfectly timed? Some decorating ideas and tips from my friends at TJ Maxx/Marshalls and an invitation to pick up some new party accessories for the 4th. I scored a bounty of goodies- from Marshalls a chic carafe and lights for the deck (the plates are from Marshalls as well but from ages ago). At TJ Maxx I found a beautifully patterned table cloth, a few cook books and even....wait for it.....popsicle molds (entirely acceptable for grown ups!). I definitely see a lot of spiked "cocktail pops" in my immediate future.
Add some delightful candles from Stop and Shop ($1.99!), some well loved vases and tea pots filled with assorted flowers, and some pillows from indoors et viola.
These photos are the results from last nights trial run for decor and my new white apricot sangria recipe, to be tested en masse tonight when we host our friends. Husband and I had a gorgeous night on the deck sampling our new summer cocktail and enjoying our new back deck oasis. A special thanks to my friends at TJ Maxx/Marshalls for the extra design inspiration.
Hope you have a festive fourth!