I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pier 1 Imports. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating.
Summer brings loads of reasons to be happy… warmer weather, sprinklers and late afternoon bike rides. Let’s not forget the fact that in the summer, you never need an occasion for ice cream. You don’t need one. It’s summer for Pete’s sake! But this summer, I am giddy. Yep. I just used the word giddy. And if you have seen the new summer line at Pier 1 Imports, you will know exactly what I am talking about.
My family and I live in Chicagoland. While I think Chicago is one of the most amazing cities in the world, its weather is not. We can spend the full month of February blanketed under a film of gray clouds with not a ray of sun in sight. So when the weather does start to turn, everyone goes nuts with anticipation of summer. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people host bonfires to burn their winter boots as a final farewell. It certainly has occurred to me.
The thing about Chicago Springs is they like to mess with you. One days it’s 80 degrees while the next it is 50 degrees and windy just to catch you with shorts and sandals on. Don’t believe me? Remember the morning it snowed in May?
Every year, my husband has to remind me that Chicago weather is not dependably pleasant until Flag Day, which is June 14. And every year, I roll me eyes at him. So when Pier 1 Imports asked if I would like to host an Outdoor Oasis party with my girlfriends and check out their summer line, I gleefully said yes! I did not expect to be hosting an outdoor party huddled up in my living room. But that’s Chicago life for you.
As Chicagoans, we just don’t let the weather get in our way. So what if I couldn’t host an outdoor gathering outside? I let Pier 1 bring the sunshine into my living room and create a fun and festive spread that made us feel like we were celebrating summer even though Flag Day (along with dependable summer weather) hadn’t arrived yet.
When I first walked into Pier 1 Imports to pick up some items for the Outdoor Oasis gathering, I was instantly drawn to their Melamine outdoor dinnerware. It’s tough to find elegant table settings that are designed for outdoors. But these really fit the bill. I loved how solid they felt in my hands and just how lovely they looked. The dinnerware comes in both blue and green, and I enjoyed mixing the two colors together. The colors really pop while the pattern truly stands out.
There were some other summer options as well that were just beautiful. One had a fun fiesta vibe and was plastic so it would be perfect outside. The other one was Earthenware and would be wonderful for a summer evening dinner.
For the spread, I mixed in my own summer pieces with the new Pier 1 Imports items. The plates and bowls were a huge hit. Everyone wanted to know if they were available now, and I even know that some of the women went to Pier 1 the very next day to pick some out for themselves.
The low drinking glasses are plastic but they look like they are made of glass. As part of Pier 1’s Clarity Acrylic Drinkware, the nicer look of the glasses made the table feel more elegant than just drinking from regular plastic cups. I think I may have to go back and get some more for myself.
At the end of the day, the Melamine bowls and dinnerware I chose made everything look fabulous. See how it turns basic hummus and veggie munchies into a presentation?
I encourage you to check out the Pier 1 Imports Outdoor Collection to create your own Outdoor Oasis party. I’m looking forward to using my new dinnerware all summer long and for many summers to come.
Enter to Win a $25 Pier 1 Gift Card
One of my readers will win a $25 Pier 1 Imports gift card. Giveaway entrants are only eligible to win one gift card from this Outdoor Oasis giveaway that is hosted on multiple blogs. Must be 18+ years old and a US resident. Giveaway ends July 1, 2014 at 11:59pm Central.