Jun 162014

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.

Pier 1 Imports LogoJohn and I just moved into our first house last month.  While we have a lot of “projects” we want to get to, we really wanted to start sprucing up our back yard as soon as possible.  With summer almost here, it’s the perfect time to create an outdoor oasis in the back yard.

Our new house sits on over 2 acres and we are lucky enough to have an enormous, well landscaped back yard, with lots of room to entertain friends and family. Already in place are a large deck, a ground patio area, and then another covered patio area off the back of our garage.  Some day, we will have all of these areas furnished, and full of color, but this is something we will have to work on a little at a time for now.

Back Yard Photo

John and I decided to start sprucing up our ground patio area first, as it is really the main focal point of the back yard.  We bought a new grill, built a fire pit with some large rocks we found at the gravel pit (for FREE!), and we bought a variety of colorful flowers for the flower boxes that were already in place on the patio.  We had some large overgrown trees in the yard, so we cut them back, and it really opened the yard up more and brought in a lot more sunshine too.  

I really wanted to create a back yard oasis.  A back yard oasis can mean different things to different people. To me, it is a quiet, inviting place where I can grill up some burgers and hot dogs, sip on fruity drinks,  listen to beach music, and sit by the fire at the end of the night, toasting marshmallows for s’mores.  It is a very laid back, relaxing environment, and a place where friends and family love to spend time, sharing stories and lots of laughs.

After we opened the yard up, and added our grill, fire pit and flowers, the next issue we had to deal with was seating, as we didn’t have any place for guests to sit.  My parents gave us an old patio table that they had, and we bought some chairs to go with it.  The table did not have an umbrella, however, as my parents’ umbrella had snapped in half during a heavy rainstorm a few years ago.

I was really grateful for the table, but couldn’t stand to look at that empty hole in the middle of it where the umbrella was supposed to go.  I desperately wanted to get a beautiful umbrella for our new patio table.  I thought it would really help to create that laid back, beach atmosphere I was going for.  So, I set off to Pier 1 Imports with my sister, Angela, in search of an umbrella.  It was an hour drive for us, but it was so worth it!  All of their outdoor collection was on sale, too! Pier 1 Imports

Just as I had anticipated, Pier 1 had an incredible selection of patio umbrellas.  There were so many colors, patterns and styles to choose from.

PIer 1 Imports Umbrellas

One umbrella in particular caught my eye.  It had the same cream and green coloring in it as my house does, with a vibrant red and orange floral pattern on it.  It is just gorgeous. While there were many other things in the store that caught my eye, I just couldn’t walk out without that umbrella.  I had to have it!

Pier 1 Imports Patio Umbrella

Speaking of other things that caught my eye in Pier 1 Imports, take a look at some other items from their outdoor collection…

This swing looks so relaxing.  I would love to spend the day curled up on that!

Pier 1 Imports Wicker Swing

This umbrella was really gorgeous!

Pier 1 Imports Umbrella

These wicker seats look so comfy.

Pier 1 Imports Seating

And the pillows at Pier 1 Imports… There were SO many to choose from, in bright, beautiful colors. They were just gorgeous.

Pier 1 Imports Pillows

Pier 1 Imports Pillows

John used to have a Papasan chair that he was very attached to. He had it for many, many years until it finally wore out one day. I would love to get him another one!

Pier 1 Imports Papisan

Aren’t these statues just too cute?? I’d love to have them in my back yard.

Pier 1 Imports Monkey Statues

Pier 1 Imports had a table full of red, white and blue items just in time for the 4th of July. I really love these beautiful lanterns!

Pier 1 Imports Lanterns

We are planning to add more light to our back yard, and these string lantern lights would be just right!

Pier 1 Imports Lantern Lights

These flower stakes are so cute and whimsical. I love them!

Pier 1 Imports Flower Stakes

Pier 1 Imports has a huge selection of outdoor dinnerware, in beautiful bright colors.

Pier 1 Imports Dishes

I think this Bistro Set was my favorite item in the whole store. I just love that bright red color. I’d love to share a cup of tea with a friend at that table.

Pier 1 Imports Bistro Set

In addition to the umbrella I bought, I also purchased two sets of sea glass string lights.  They were a beautiful shade of green, and matched our house, and new umbrella very well.  We also didn’t have any lighting at all in our back yard, so it was very dark out there at night time.  I thought these would be lovely, and help to add a bit of light to the back yard at night. You can really create a nice, relaxing mood with the right lighting.

Pier 1 Sea glass string lights

I set up the umbrella and lights on the patio area, and couldn’t believe the transformation.  It really added a nice touch of color, and a very warm, inviting feeling to the patio.  I set the table with some matching green plates and orange and green plastic hurricane glasses and crazy straws.  I added a nice pop of color with some red, orange, yellow and green balloons that matched the colors in the umbrella, also.  Balloons are such an easy, and cheap way to add fun to a party.

Outdoor Oasis

We had a few friends and family over for dinner, and grilled up some chicken and beef kebabs, a grilled tequila cinnamon pineapple (recipe to come at a later date!), corn on the cob, potato salad, and macaroni salad (I used small shells for this and served it in a plastic sand bucket!).  I also hollowed out a watermelon, and filled it with balls of watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe. FoodIt was a good thing we had that umbrella, because the sun was really bright that evening!

Outdoor Oasis

Pier 1 Outdoor Party

At the end of the night, we sat around the fire and toasted marshmallows for s’mores.  It was the perfect way to end the evening.  Everyone had a really great time, and I can’t wait to host another outdoor party in my back yard!

Pier 1 Outdoor Party

What is your favorite item from the Pier 1 Imports Outdoor Collection?

  56 Responses to “Create an Outdoor Oasis this Summer with Pier 1 Imports”

  1. I was at my local Pier 1 recently and I could not believe all the cute stuff they had in there. I wanted one of everything!!

  2. I love all their brightly patterned and colored pillows. Every time I go in there, I get lost in those!

  3. I love Pier One. The items are trendy, but they blend well with a traditional decor. I really like the set!

  4. I love all the bright color on everything they sell!

  5. I love Pier 1 but unfortunately there isn’t one close by us anymore which when I think about it it’s probably better for my bank account! LOL.

  6. Everything is just so colorful!

  7. In college, my roommates and I pitched in together to buy a double papasan chair from Pier 1. I loved that thing! Thanks for showing us all the great stuff they have now. I really want one of those hanging nest chairs (swingasan) or maybe a pagoda umbrella.

  8. I like the umbrellas that they carry. The orange table is cute too.

  9. Gah! I love all of that! I wish our front porch was a little bigger… that swing looks delightful! Add a couple pillows and it would be Sunday morning perfection!!

  10. I wish we lived near a Pier 1, they have so much cute stuff. I love that umbrella print, it is gorgeous!!!! I totally need a backyard like that!

  11. Pier 1 has the best stuff! I remember several years ago when we received a Pier 1 gc for a wedding gift. We were hooked on Pier 1 ever since that shopping trip.

  12. What a lovely celebration! I just love all the bright colors and patterns at Pier 1.

  13. Wow so many cute things. What an amazing selection.

  14. I always find great treasures at Pier One!

  15. I love so many things at Pier 1. I almost can’t go in there because I want to buy everything! From the outdoor collection, I would really enjoy the Whimsical Garden Hammock.

  16. Oh my goodness I love their selection of umbrellas! Your patio looks awesome!

  17. I love what you did. I could so easily spend a small fortune in that store, especially in the summertime.

  18. So many great options to spruce up your outdoor living space! I’m not sure which I’d even pick.

  19. Oh there are so many awesome things from Pier 1 I could use to make an outdoor oasis! I love the lanterns and the seating options. And really love the Trellis Flatware Caddy!

  20. That is such a cute umbrella! I love shopping at Pier One, I have a set of plates from there that I always use for special summer occasions.

  21. I love the umbrella you picked out! It’s so cute and summery!

  22. I have long-time love for Pier 1, I am currently lusting after the wicker seating for our patio!

  23. i would buy the bistro set

  24. I would buy the Beverage Tub – Red, it would be very useful.

  25. I would like Jute Trim Woven Serge Stripe Pillow – Blue .

  26. the striped pillows would be great to have I love Pier one is a great store.

  27. I really love that large lime green umbrella for the backyard. I guess I haven’t been into a Pier 1 in a while, I don’t remember all those gorgeous colors being there. I need to go to my Pier 1 soon to dress up my boring back yard space.

  28. I want the egg looking swing – I have seen it at the neighbors and it isawesome

  29. Love all the fresh pops of colour! That umbrella is too cute, i may have to get one for our backyard space!

  30. I am loving those umbrellas, they look very shady without being too stiff and ‘weather resistant.’ I shop at Pier One for all of my decor, especially in the Summer.

  31. I really need to get back to Pier 1. I have not shopped there in ages. What great finds. We need to spice up our porch and patio.

  32. I would love the Papasan Chair and Swingasan….they are pretty cool

  33. I love the bright colors. Your patio turned out amazing and looks like a great party!

  34. I love the stuff from Pier 1! What you did looks great!!! I just love the look of everything there.

  35. I love Pier 1. It is one of my favorite stores.

  36. I so miss having a Pier One near us.I just adore all the colors and how easy it is to create that perfect spot in your home. Great job by the way. I love the look :)

  37. I like Swingasan-aisy the best.

  38. So many colorful things! I haven’t been in a Pier 1 in ages!

  39. Looks like they had a lot of nice stuff! I would have gotten an umbrella too.

  40. They have such a nice selection, what a great way to spruce up the backyard and enjoy time outside!

  41. I would buy the Isabelle End Table!

  42. I love how colorful everything is. I love what you’ve done in your backyard,

  43. I want the Swingasan® – Mocha

  44. I would love to get a Swingasan chair for my front porch!

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

  45. I love the Beaded Sun & Bells Windchimes, It’s simple, beautiful, and has a beautiful melody when the wind hits it.

  46. So nice! I like how bright and cheerful your tablescape looked! I’d like to get some clear acrylic glasses and patriotic paper plates and napkins for a fun, outdoor 4th of July themed brunch! Thanks for the opportunity!

  47. I really like the Mini Jeweled Lantern – Gray, and they are so affordable!

  48. If I win, then I might choose the Red Montauk Lantern – Large.

  49. I really like the Party Pack Paper Lanterns Set. They are so colorful and bright.

  50. i love pier one! the terracotta turtle with baby on her back is so cute!

  51. I really love the Neely Bistro Set in Peacock Blue!

  52. I love the dragonfly wind chimes.

  53. So awesome! We have a Pier 1 Imports right near our house. Love that store! We are in desperate need of some patio furniture too!

  54. I like the mocha swingasan

  55. This is a weakness for me and shopping at Pier 1 can be dangerous for my Hubby’s wallet. Love all the items you took pics of!

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