June 8, 2014

The Ultimate Pier 1 Bohemian Outdoor Oasis Party and a GIVEAWAY! {ends 6/15}

I may have received a product, sample, and/or compensation to facilitate this review, regardless all opinions expressed above are completely my own.

I've always been a huge fan of Pier 1, they offer such unique items and ummm hello - home decor is a favorite amongst almost all women, especially bloggers! I was so excited when they approached me to host an outdoor oasis party on their behalf, think happy-cry and a little bouncing up and down in my living room. I really love Pier 1!!

I wanted my shin-dig to have an offbeat, unconventional feel - I decided on a bohemian theme and I'm so pleased with the results. Florida is full of exotic beauty and sharing my version of an outdoor oasis was pretty easy to accomplish! My idea of an eclectic, free-spirited bohemian party turned out perfectly thanks to all the summer lines Pier 1 carries - I mainly stuck with the summer brights collection but you can see some of their coastal views collection mixed in as well!

To get the party set in motion,
I immediately sent out virtual invites to all of my guests, made by yours truly, that really set the vibe:

Since I live super close to the coast in Florida the beach is pretty much my backyard, I decided to host my party at one of my favorite beach inlets so that I could showcase my favorite part of Florida's outdoors. The view from the table was phenomenal, the weather was perfect - warm but not muggy, a slight breeze - a bit heavenly, if you ask me! Plus what could be a better form of entertainment than the beach and the ocean? I can't think of any!

I served a delicious Ocean Blue Spiked Lemonade, Vegetable Sushi Rolls, and Super Rich + Moist Chocolate cupcakes with a Creamy Coconut frosting! (Look for the recipes over the next few days!) Quiet the eclectic selection of food but it matched the theme of the party perfectly!

My decor was full of fun items from Pier 1, stuff that I already had around the house, and a few items were purchased from the thrift store just to give it that extra artsy, bohemian vibe! I mixed and matched with multiple rich colors and a few subtle patterns - adding little accents to complete the boho feel.

I wore a bohemian, hippy-esque lace shirt I've had forever and some bright green shorts with my black bikini underneath. I accessorized with a handcrafted no sew bohemian headband (be on the lookout for a tutorial on that later this month) as well as a some clearance section bracelets and sunglasses - a girl has to look good on a budget, right?!

The lantern stand was absolutely stunning on the table and really added an extra touch - I had no idea I had such a strong liking for lanterns until I visited Pier 1 recently. They had TONS of lantern options to choose from and I fell head-over-heels in love with every single lantern.

 The serving platters are another Pier 1 find and they are so beautiful - not to mention, super easy to clean since they are dishwasher safe! The colorful detail in the plates really made my tablescape pop, ask my guests -- they all wanted to get their hands on a serving platter set of their own!

The pillows are also a Pier 1 find and they served their purpose perfectly on the beach  - although I didn't snap a picture (I blame the spiked lemonade). We took our blankets and pillows (and lemonade) out to the beach once the party started wrapping up a little and had quiet the beach set up. It was SO incredibly comfortable and since the pillows are indoor/outdoor and totally made to be weather resistant, I wasn't worried about them being on the beach at all! Pier 1 has a HUGE selection of pillows but the bright cobalt blue and lime green from their summer line just spoke to me - they were so basic yet so beautiful and had to be included in the party decor!

The pitcher and margarita glasses were a huge hit as well! The cobalt blue rim matched the pillows perfectly. The set added to the aesthetic appeal of the whole tablescape, Blue Spiked Lemonade in a blue accented pitcher and glasses is a stunning combination.

I loved sharing my bohemian Pier 1 party with all of my friends, the event was a total hit! It's safe to say that Pier 1 Imports’ summer collection is full of personality, so you’re sure to find the perfect decor for your own home or the most fitting present for anyone on your list. Plus, all of the products I mentioned today are available at your local Pier 1 Imports.
Now I'm super excited to announce that I have the chance to host a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a $25 Pier1 Imports gift card! What is your favorite item from their summer collection? Check out Pier1.com and let me know!

Here's your chance to win some gorgeousness from Pier1 Imports,
enter with the giveaway form below:

Disclaimer: I may have received a product, sample, and/or compensation to facilitate this review, regardless all opinions expressed above are completely my own.
This contest will run through June 15th at 4:59 pm EST. Must be 18 years or older to win.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other company other than Pier1 Imports mentioned above. You understand that you are providing your information to Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and not to Facebook, I will not use your information other than to e-mail you a winning notification if you are the chosen winner. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form above. Void Where Prohibited. Please note that Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and all other bloggers participating are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Also, You can only win gift card from Pier 1 during this campaign.

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