Styling a backyard tropical party & outdoor entertaining tips with Pier 1

Last month I was invited to be the expert stylist for a backyard party hosted by Pier 1! They held a contest where three winners across the country won complete furniture and decor for a backyard "block party" and three bloggers got to come style the events! I was SO flattered, especially considering the state of my backyard currently, and had a blast working with the tropical-themed Pier 1 goodies! And, I do have quite a lot of experience with outdoor entertaining and enjoyed sharing tips!


The winner chose the theme and Pier 1 chose the pieces. I got to style the winner's open, Central Oregon backyard (which already had a teepee!) and set up seating areas and dining goodies.

I set up the durable outdoor dining table with outdoor-friendly (unbreakable) dishes and drinkware including these fabulous copper wine glasses!


The sectional was so comfy and I played around with styling the ottoman and statement tray.

This hanging chair was one of my favorites! I would love one of these!

More styling when the food came out!

Pier 1 really decked out this backyard with lots of seating areas, shade, lighting, games, and great gathering places!

Here are some of my favorite outdoor entertaining tips!

  1. Figure out seating and number and type of guests. Offer a variety of seating options but make sure you have enough seats for everyone to sit at once--usually when the food is served!
  2. Make it comfortable. Use indoor/outdoor pillows, padded seats, and shade from patio umbrellas to make it easy for guests to lounge and stay a while!
  3. Plan for lighting changes. If you want guests to stick around after it gets dark, keep pretty lanterns and string lights handy so you have something other than a flood light or simple bulb attached to the house.

Pier 1 is a great place to shop for outdoor entertaining furniture and accents and you can shop online, in-store, or ship-to-store! They have free shipping on orders of $49 or more and even large items can be delivered to your door (or even assembled) within about 14 days.

The theme of the contest was "block party!" A summer block party is a tried-and-true way to bring neighborhoods together. This season, Pier 1 encourages people to find the right pieces to create a warm, inviting atmosphere to celebrate the outdoors with family, friends, and neighbors.

When it comes to outdoor entertaining, Pier 1 Imports has the perfect décor pieces to refresh your outdoor space. They encourage you to take the time to try something new with fun, colorful and unexpected pieces.

Here are my fave Pier 1 pieces from this shoot...



Shop all of the items we used for the party here!



Thanks to Pier 1 for inviting me to style the winner's backyard party, and sponsoring this post!

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