Summer Kick Off

This is a sponsored post for my friends at World Market; a place I personally shop often.

Is it hot where you are yet? It's pretty much always hot here but just in the past few weeks it's reached walk-to-your-car-insta-sweat hot which means, summer has arrived. The kids have just a couple days left of school and vacation mode is setting in. Grills are firing up, the smell of bug spray and sunscreen is in the air, and I hope you got a pedicure cause the flip flops are in full force. It's outdoor party/vacation season people.

This summer I'm sure we'll be hosting and attending our share of family barbecues (back porch makeover is almost done!). For me, that usually means the family comes over, we grill, the kids run a muck, and the adults eat too much. And that's absolutely fine but it's getting a little routine. There's only so many times my parents want to come sit on my couch and eat hot dogs. I'm aware. So, what if I changed things up a bit this summer and proposed "Operation Destination"? Think destination barbecue meats vacation meets outdoor living room. Still with me?

I've always wanted to take the party somewhere new. Maybe the beach, maybe a park, maybe just some field somewhere. But instead of the same old paper streamers and plastic forks... I'd love to make it feel special like a real outdoor living room. Bring a rug, some furniture with fluffy cushions to sit on, real glasses and table wear, hang lanterns from the trees, and take the BBQ somewhere new. Am I crazy? Slightly, but I found some examples... which means other people are doing this so I'm not the only nut. :)

Ah-ma-zing right? I would love to be invited to such a soirée. So, should I ever host such a dreamy destination shindig (could happen... don't worry, you're invited), I got a plan together. Check 'er out.

Everything above is from World Market and the best part? Everything is under $60. Yes, even that giant 6x9 rug witch shall be making an appearance in my porch makeover this month. :)  I just love the all the color and the bright bohemian vibe. Yummy.

So, no matter how you do it... grillin' on the porch, hitting the beach, taking a relaxing vaca... summer has arrived. If you're still in need of some inspiration, it's your lucky day! World Market has partnered up with Southwest Airlines to offer Great Summer Getaways. They are giving away 4 Grand Prize Packages which include Airfare for 4 on Southwest Airlines, Hotel Accommodations, and a $500 World Market gift card. Amazingsauce! Just click on the pic below to enter. You can also earn extra entries by getting friendly with them on social media.

How will you unwind? 

So stay tuned. My summer is just beginning and this month is going to be full of outdoor projects to keep your summer cooler while firing up the grill. Back porch plans coming soon.

This was a sponsored post for World Market.

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