Last Thursday night, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Kick-Off Backyard Fun with OFF! party. The party was hosted by OFF! Insect Repellents and Connie from Brain Foggles and was held at the Tampa Bay Garden Club.
After I arrived and checked in, I was greeted with some delicious appetizers and the best lemonade I have ever had in my entire life. Seriously, I am not kidding!! I was hoping they would provide us with the delicious recipe but no such luck. I did find out the secret ingredients from one of the servers. As soon as I can figure out the right amounts, I will hopefully remember to write the recipe on the blog. All of the appetizers served were delicious!
After everyone arrived and had some munchies, we were introduced to our lovely hosts, Michelle from OFF! Insect Repellents, Connie and Jeanne Benedict from DIY Network. Did you know that Tampa is the “buggiest city” in the country?!?!? I certainly didn’t but that would explain all of the lovely mosquito bites I have received over the last 27 years.
Then it was time to get crafty! Jeanne Benedict hosts a show on the DIY Network called Weekend Entertaining so the theme for the event was simple decorating ideas for a Fourth of July Party. My boyfriend and I haven’t really discussed our plans for the holiday but the tips and product information provided will definitely come in handy.
Once Jeanne explained to us what each of the craft ideas/stations were, it was time to get to work. I started at the centerpiece table because I wanted to start off with something easy. I started with one of the larger cylinders and added two strips of ribbon using glue dots, which were surprisingly simple to use. Once the vase was decorated, I placed a few shells on the bottom to give layered/void effect, filled it with sand to just below the top of the ribbons and topped it off with a few more shells. This centerpiece was super simple to make and came out looking beautiful (I think anyway).
After I finished my centerpiece, it was time to create a beautiful planter. This station was filled with stickers, more ribbons and stamps. I decided that it would be fun to give my planter a vintage look. I chose one of the rubber stamps and made a crisscross pattern around the entire planter. Jeanne recommended that I spray the planter with a matte acrylic finish to preserve the pattern and maintain the vintage look. I felt like the star pattern was enough decoration for the planter so I didn’t add anything else to it.
The final station I went to was filling my planter with some gorgeous flowers. Now I know that I do not have a green thumb at all. In fact, my boyfriend often teases me that my thumb is very black and I am not allowed anywhere near our future garden. I still made a valiant effort to create a beautiful finished product. I put some loose dirt in the bottom of the planter and then added one white and one pink flower to it. Then I top it off a some more loose dirt. To finish it off, I added a few decorations.
Once everyone finished their crafts, Jeanne had a few closing comments about the products we would be receiving in our goody bags. I paid close attention to the directions because these products are chemicals and they are regulated by the federal government. I always make sure to follow the directions when it comes to chemicals.
Thank you so much Connie for inviting me to this fantastic event with OFF! Insect Repellents! I had an awesome time!