"Birthday Backyard Movie Night"

Hope you guys had an awesome weekend.  I did!  It was my birthday weekend after all.  It was so great spending time with my friends, so I had to share the weekend's happenings with you. 

So, I decided to host a backyard movie night.  My backyard has been looking so inviting that I decided why not invite others to take in the serene environment.  I'll admit, I tend to go overboard when it comes to entertaining, but these days I just don't have the time or energy for that.  I was bound and determined to keep it simple. 

So with the invites sent...

...I began planning a simple no-stress, event appropriate menu.  I included traditional movie theater fare.

I was a little worried that it wouldn't be enough, but a wise friend reminded me that no one will starve to death if we happened to run out of an offering. So very true.

I knew it would be super warm, even in the evening this time of year, so hydration was key.  I ordered this small cart from Wal-Mart.com to use as an outdoor bar cart.

Although it was a little small (I may upgrade to something larger), it was perfect for styling and holding the Sangria and cold beverages.  I picked up the bust planter on sale at Hobby Lobby for 80% off.  It was originally royal blue.  I'm convinced that there's nothing a coat of gold spray paint can't fix.

The tablescape began with this $4.99 vinyl tablecloth I picked up at Ross.  I was drawn to it simple because of the color and floral design and was surprised how nice it looked for vinyl.  No surprise it was made by Waverly. 

I love when I get to pull out my Grandma's Fiesta Ware.  If you've ever been to my home you know I do NOT do paper products.  I figure, if I have dishes and cloth napkins, they we're designed to be used. 

 After we had our snacks in hand, we moved outside to the backyard.  I will admit it was HOTT and ideally speaking we would've started much later so that it would've been completely dark.  However, it was a Sunday night and I wanted to be mindful of the fact that most people had to get up and go to work the next day. By about 8:30 the projection was perfect. 

Honestly the most difficult part was selecting a movie that was a crowd pleaser.  I wanted something that was not too long, engaging from the very beginning, a blockbuster type (mass appeal and a happy ending), no racial or political undertones and not too heavy (deep) it was a celebration after all.  I chose Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and given the applause at the end, I'd say it was a hit.

There's just nothing better than having a house full of friends.  We all had a blast!

I couldn't have asked for a better birthday and I'm so blessed to have been able to celebrate it with friends.

Friday Find: Wal-Mart.com

Happy Friday Y'all!  So excited about this weekend.  It's my birthday weekend and you know how much I love a birthday.  You may recall the posts I did previously about taking control of my birthday celebration, hosting a destination party , themed one and decentralizing your birthday celebration.  But, before I share details about my big day, I had to share with you this awesome Friday Find.

It's been a while now, but I've shared once before about the great finds at Wal-Mart.com.  Yep, Wal-Mart!  It was actually when I revamped my entry that I discovered their great selection.  You can check that post out HERE.  Well, I continue to be pleasantly surprised with the growing selection of affordable, on-trend home d├ęcor and furnishings.  Just check out some of my favorites I've rounded up.

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1. Sunburst Mirror - $29.97
2. Orange Lamps - $49.97/2pk
3. Wooden Crate - $15.88
4. Red Metal Chairs - $109.00/2pk
6. Trellis Rug - $79.47 and up
7. Storage Cart - $38.50

I'm actually picking up the storage cart (7.) tomorrow at my local store.  I've ordered it to function as an outdoor bar cart for this weekend's soiree.  I can't wait to share it with you all decked out. 

Anyway, yet another case for leaving no stone unturned when it comes to budget decorating.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend.  I certainly intend to!

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