Outdoor Dining at Home

With no weddings or out of town plans this weekend, we decided to devote the majority of our time to resting, cleaning and landscaping.  Friday we went on a movie date to see 22 Jump Street since we loved the first one.  For being a sequel, it was actually pretty good!  Some parts were a bit raunchy, but I think that was to be expected.  The good news though is that other than that I can honestly say I laughed pretty much the entire movie and if you liked 21 Jump Street, then you will probably like 22 as well!  Sunday we went to church, had a coffee date after while my car was cleaned, and then headed to an early dinner with my in-laws.

Saturday’s main focus though was the tackling the outdoors.  Since three out of the last four weekends were spent away from home, our yard needed a little TLC. We had the newlyweds Meghan and Josh over for dinner, so we wanted our house to be in tip-top shape!

Outdoor Entertaining :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeWe purchased outdoor furniture from Ikea a couple months ago, but I still hadn’t purchased anything to liven up the tablescape.  I had been eyeing outdoor dinnerware from Pottery Barn for awhile now, but I couldn’t justify the cost.  Well wouldn’t you know that yesterday morning Tim got an email for 50% off all outdoor entertaining, so first thing I did after waking up and having a little coffee was head to the mall to check it out while he started on de-weeding mowing the yard.  By the time I got to the store about thirty minutes after the mall was opened, the store was already pretty ransacked.  Guess I wasn’t the only one to get the email!

I walked around about a half an hour trying to decide what I wanted to purchase while sticking to the $100 budget I set for myself, so I went with four of the Rope Outdoor Dinner Plates in white, the style I have been wanting since the beginning of summer.

Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Dinner Plates in white,Unfortunately there were only three salad plates left and no matching bowls, so I am going to try and order those online when they go on sale again.  Fingers crossed for another 50% off day!

Along with the plates, I purchased the 12-Piece Faux Wood Outdoor Flatware Set, four of the PB Classic Outdoor Drinkware in stemless, and the PB Classic Outdoor Pitcher.

Pottery Barn Wood Outdoor Flatware Set

Pottery Barn PB Classic Outdoor Drinkware in stemless

Pottery Barn Classic Outdoor PitcherAlthough it wasn’t 50% off, I was able to snag two outdoor pillows for 40% off each.  I went with the Greta Medallion Indoor/Outdoor Pillow in neutral and love it!

Pottery Barn Greta Medallion Indoor/Outdoor Pillow in neutral This was a good lesson for me in remembering to only purchase what I really want, not just because something is available or convenient.  There were many times I almost settled on other outdoor decor that was just okay only because I was getting frustrated not finding what I wanted for the price I wanted to spend.

Outdoor Entertaining :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeIt turns out if I am a little patient and selective, it is worth the wait to not have any buyer’s remorse or regrets.  Like I talked about last Monday on the blog, I am trying to bring a minimalist and selective approach not only to my wardrobe, but to my home and life as well.

Outdoor Entertaining :: Happy Wife Healthy LifeIt turns out that sometimes being picky and thinking through decisions is as important for your peace of mind as it is to your bank account!

Outdoor Entertaining :: Happy Wife Healthy Life

Conversation Time.

  • What was the last purchase you made for your home that you love?
  • Are you a fan of dining outdoors?


  1. How fun! LOVE eating outside! I think inviting other married couples over for dinner is one of our favorite things for sure – such an easy way to really get to know everyone and enjoy each other’s company! Obsessed with your PB finds 🙂
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Oh I agree, at home dinner parties with a small group is so fun! I think people can really relax in a home even more than at a restaurant. Wish you lived near me so we could have dinners together!! 🙂

  2. Wow! Everything looks awesome – I love it! Looks like it could be out of a magazine, so I’d say you did pretty great with it all. 😉
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      You are the sweetest! Thank you girl! Wish we lived near each other so we could go home decor shopping together! 🙂

  3. I absolutely love everything you chose! I’m not surprised though, seeing as though I usually love your style AND I love Pottery Barn. Our everyday china is Pottery Barn Emma, and I love it. 3 years into marriage and I’d still choose the exact same. Your back patio is beautiful!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I agree, literally everything Pottery Barn I am obsessed with! Since it is so pricey though I either a) wait for sales or b) only purchase the pieces I really love. I could easily decorate my entire house in pottery barn though and be very happy! 🙂

  4. Very cute set up! I would love to dine outdoors, but we need to have a deck built first! My house is built on a slope, so there is no back patio.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks girl! We don’t have a deck per se, but our little patio area works just perfect for us! Maybe next summer you will be able to get your deck! 🙂

  5. Everything looks gorgeous! This makes me wish that I had a patio! 🙁
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you girl! We have just a little patio but we try to make do with what we have! 🙂

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