This is a sneak peek at a project you'll see in the awesome summer edition of Merry Mag! Make sure you head over to MerryMag.com on June 8th for a huge helping of summer inspiration. Believe me, you wont want to miss out!
So you're throwing a summer dinner party! Oh you're not? Well you should be! Summer is the perfect time to invite friends and family over for an intimate gathering on your patio, deck, rooftop or yard. It's just the best. Think of the shared food over dusk, the candlelight, the smell of grass and earth and dew, mixed with good conversation, laughter and carefree joy. That is the best of summer captured right in your own backyard. It doesn't get more perfect than that. But dinner parties can be stressful! The food, the wine, the decor. Why not keep it simple, and use items that serve more than one purpose; the multitaskers.
Instead of adorning your table with fresh cut flowers, try taking your herb garnishes, dropping them into cute table appropriate vessels and put your decor to work.
Not convinced? See it in action:
With the help of our friends at The Home Depot, we built a rough square cedar herb planter box worthy of any outdoor dinner table. This quick and easy project uses a rough cut 1x8 cedar board found in the lumber section of Home Depot. The board was cut into two pieces 7 1/2" long and two 6 1/2" long. A few pocket holes were drilled, and the box came together. The bottom was left open for drainage. A spare small plastic bucket had a hole drilled in the bottom was fitted into the planter, and secured to the box with short screws. The bottom of the bucket was filled with rocks for drainage, topped with top soil and the herbs from the Home Depot garden center.
Even including building materials and plants, the total cost for this project was only $20!
This planter will look right at home both on a kitchen widow sill or the backyard party table. Pair it with a pretty pair of sheers and the guests will happily add some fresh herbs to their meals or cocktails. Choose fragrant herbs for a centerpiece that smells as good as it looks.
For cute smaller arrangements around the table, pop two small herb plants into tea or coffee cups that match your china, and place around your table.
Make sure you check out this project and many more from some amazing creators in Merry Mag!
And a big THANK YOU to the awesome folks at Home Depot who made this project and another awesome one coming up tomorrow possible.
Disclosure: The building materials for this project were kindly donated by the Home Depot, but all opinions are our own!