Decorating ideas for summer parties despite the Seattle rain

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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.
Decorating ideas for summer parties despite the Seattle rain #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC
I’ll be the first to confess to you my back yard is a bit of a hot mess. It’s slowly coming together but it has a long way to go. Since my dream deck isn’t happening this year, which of course means the landscaping has to wait, I had to make the best of it when coming up with decorating ideas for summer parties.

When my mom was in town last month, we headed to Pier 1 Imports for some inspiration. Pier 1 always has beautiful outdoor furniture and decor and I knew I would find some pieces to spruce up my yard and create the perfect backyard oasis. We had plans to have a little gathering for my birthday and then later on in the month for Memorial Day. I wanted my backyard to look cute. Well, okay, I wanted my yard to look better.

Pier 1 did not disappoint. From a swing chair and tea cart that I must have at some point to a bright lime green umbrella that did come home with me, there are so many possibilities for adding color to my yard. A throw pillow, some string lights, a dragon fly or two and I was on my way to having what I needed to throw a festive party. I picked up a cheery tray table and actually went back later for some complementary plates.

Decorating ideas for summer parties at Pier 1 Imports #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC

My birthday was a success, a few friends came over with their kids and we enjoyed dining under the umbrella and some delicious birthday cake. Everyone loved their cheery umbrella and dragonflies.

Umbrella, dragonflies and lights #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC

My daughter wanted to keep the pillow for herself of course.

Quincy and her pillow #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC

Happy Birthday to me in a prettier yard thanks to Pier 1 Imports!

Birthday cake #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC

Doesn’t the umbrella look awesome? So bright and cheery!

Quincy and her pillow #Pier1OutdoorParty #Sponsored #MC

And then we got rained out.

Since our first party went off without a hitch, we moved on to Memorial Day weekend for our official Outdoor Oasis Party. Now, I don’t know how much you know about Seattle weather in the spring, but it’s unpredictable. Very unpredictable. And it rained cats and dogs. That cheery lime green umbrella had no chance of keeping us dry. It was a total bust. I was so sad. The spicy rubbed chicken, the cole slaw, the veggies and dip – it was all neglected. A few of us huddled under our popup tent for a little while drinking watermelon basil lime mocktails but that was it. The idea of taking pictures in the miserable wet was laughable.

Inspired yet?

Before the  next party at our house (in two weeks) we’re headed back to Pier 1 Imports for more Outdoor Oasis inspiration. I think we definitely need more dragonflies,and I know I want more of those plates too. And probably another pillow.

Love what you see? Whether you shop in store or online Pier 1 Imports has something for everyone. Small yards or big yards, patios or hostess gifts. They’ll even deliver larger items right to your door!

24 hour FLASH GIVEAWAY! $25 PIER 1 Imports Gift Card

Want to create your own outdoor oasis? Visit the Pier 1 Imports website and pick out your favorite outdoor item! Comment below and tell me what you’d like to have and why. Be original and don’t copy your neighbor.

Giveaway ends Tuesday June 17th 11:59 PST Open to the US only, 18+ Void Where Prohibited

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Love their outdoor furniture. I’m going to be saving up for their sectionals for our new patio!
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  2. Heather Garcia says:

    There is a Pier 1 just super close to my house. I bought a colorful daisy wreath for my front door. I would like to find some metal wall hangings for the outside wall.

  3. Sadie B. says:

    I would like the Nolan Trestle Bench – Tuscan Brown.

  4. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would love the Isabelle End Table because its classy and elegant.

  5. The Terracotta Frog Planter is super cute!

  6. I’d love to have one of their large umbrellas. I’m drawn to the lime greenish color. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  7. latanya says:

    I like the mocha swingasan

  8. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like the Green Reactive Ceramic Planter because I’d love to plant some pretty brightly colored flowers I. It to spice up our yard!

  9. wild orchid says:

    I would love a Swingasan chair for my front porch!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  10. Thomas Murphy says:

    I want the Swingasan® – Mocha because it looks fun.

  11. I want the large peacock that you can use as a centerpiece!
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  12. Julie Wood says:

    I love their In Home Decor! I really like the Silver Leaves Mosaic Mirror! It is so pretty, and I would put it over my Fireplace.

  13. I’m enamored with the buddha’s from Pier One., particularly the Rustic Finish Praying Buddha or the candle holder one.
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  14. Jennifer says:

    I’d really like a nice mirror to put on my wall. But, their outdoor furniture is awfully tempting too :)

  15. I’d love to have the Whimsical Garden Hammock – I think it would be fun to hang out on it with Bubbles in the afternoons. Maybe I could even get her to take a nap!
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  16. Dawn Keenan says:

    I love the multi colored party lanterns. They are inexpensive, cheery, and you hardly ever see bright colors in lanterns.

  17. Swingasan® Cushion – Ivory—Ivory/2751512,default,pd.html?cgid=outdoor#prefn1=saveNow&prefv1=true&nav=top&start=1

    can’t believe it’s only $55.25 on sale!

    anyways, I’ve always wanted an outdoor swing / lounger so I can just relax and enjoy nature

  18. I can use a Aluminum Tilting Umbrella since it’s always so hot outside. A bit of shade will be such a relief in the summer time.

  19. Aluminum Tilting Umbrella – Aqua. I would like to sit on my patio in the shade.

  20. My favorite item is the Ciudad Chaise – Gray (—Gray/2688098,default,pd.html?cgid=outdoor-chaises#icid=cat_outdoor-subcat-outdoor_furniture-subcat_tile-outdoor_chaises&start=1). My favorite part about summer is being able to lie outside in the warm weather with a refreshing cold drink. So this Pier 1 furniture would be perfect to help me relax in the sun this summer! Thanks for the flash giveaway. It was fun.

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