Now that summer is in full swing following the July 4th weekend, it's definitely time to take advantage of barbecue season. I'm going to run down the barest essentials you will need on your shopping list for a cookout for 8 -10 people. This isn't just theoretical either; I just had people over on Friday for a friend's birthday and cooked out. The idea for this post came to me Thursday night while shopping.
Here are 5 table settings you can make on a budget that are fun for
fall, but can be modified and used year round!
1. DIY Candy Jars. Do you have a small side table,
or the corner of a buffet table you are looking to decorate? How
about these DIY Candy Jars. We found three separate candle holders
we had around the house. one was wood, and the other two were both
different colors. We unified them with a can of glossy black spray
paint (we were decorating for Halloween, but you could use any
color). We then cleaned out an old pickle jar, pasta sauce jar
and mason jar in our fridge and painted their lids black. We
attached them to the bases with Gorilla Glue and added candy.
It's time to roll up your sleeves, get your gardening face on and head to your own yard or maybe even your kitchen. But...what if you have no clue on where to start or what to do? Is there a book on gardening for dummies? I'm sure there are, but no need to spend more money than you have to.
If you're a newbie like myself, you might make the mistake of spending a ton of money to get all your gardening materials and then being overwhelmed. Like anything, you want to take it step-by-step and try to take on a smaller project that's not going to break the bank.
They say good fences make good neighbors, and I guess it's true. Personally if I have a problem with my neighbor, I'm the type who would actually knock on their door and discuss it with them. But, in my suburban Van Nuys ranch home one neighboring house is actually a rental, so there is a bit of turnover there. Unfortunately that is also the house that is adjacent to our bedroom and bathroom windows.
So it was decided between me and the wife to put up a privacy fence. Actually our entire subdivision is subdivided by 5' tall concrete block walls that have been up since the 1950s, so all we had to do was add a few feet to the top.