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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Red, White and Blue BBQ!

Posted by Merri Cvetan on Jul 2, 2018 4:20:24 PM
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Red, White and Blue BBQ!

Summer picnics and bar-b-ques are in full swing. Who doesn’t love the ease of grilling out and casual gatherings with friends during the summer months? Make your next BBQ special with a few simple tricks and supplies you can find at Goodwill.

Organize your food and drink station in one spot in the yard, patio or deck. I like to use pieces of furniture in unexpected ways. An old treadle sewing machine is perfect for entertaining. The top opens up for additional serving space. I just covered the sewing machine opening with a large bread board.

Start your color story with a table runner. If you’re feeding the gang on the 4th of July, red, white and blue is a must.

Red, White and Blue BBQ!

Picnics should be effortless and easy. Bandanas are not only colorful, but make perfect napkins. Tuck them into Mason jars and add silver (or plastic!) utensils.  Just to make things personal, I wrote everyone’s name on a wood spoon and tied it to the jar with rick rack ribbon. They’re a hint to what’s for dessert. I love those little ice cream cups. They stay frozen in a cooler, are easy to eat and don’t require any baking or preparation!

Red, White and Blue BBQ!

Before dessert is served, let your guests in on the dinner menu. Chalk board paint is all the rage, but this idea is easier and faster. I found a vintage cast iron pan at Goodwill and propped it up on red books then wrote the menu with chalk. Not only do you have a unique sign, you have a new pan for cooking next week!

Red, White and Blue BBQ!

Add a few decorative items to go with your BBQ theme. For the 4th, add flags, bunting and a Statue of Liberty.

Topics: summer decor