I’m happy to partner with National Hardware to help make our Summertime backyard hangs a little more fun. Since we redid our backyard several years ago, we’ve been spending a lot of time as a family out there. We play there, there’s a playhouse and a rock climbing wall for the kiddos. We also do a lot of eating under the grape drenched pergola that you can also see here from last Summer. I’m all about making every backyard dining experience memorable for everyone. My trick is to keep it ultra simple, but add in some tiny touches of magic.
To help with uncapping those tasty craft brew bottles, we took the National Hardware Bottle Opener in Satin Nickel and created a simple DIY project with it. All we did was screw the bottle opener onto an olive wood cutting board (pre-drilling is key). The beautiful cutting board was purchased from a discount store for under $10. The last bit of detail was adding some strong magnetic tape. Which I glued to the bottom portion of the board to help catch the bottle caps. It took about 10 minutes in all to make. After it was finished, my Hubs, who is a homebrewer questioned why it took us this long to get a wall mounted bottle opener.
We also gave the National Hardware Ring Toss Game a test drive and it was a hit with the entire family. Especially with my little guy. When everyone was done playing he was still at it. He’s a natural and actually hooked it several times.
The National Hardware Ring Toss Game was super easy to install. The only thing is you have to find the right place for it. It needs about 5ft between the board and where the ring needs to hang. I thought the bamboo board (where the hook sits) was very nice looking. Although you could paint it a fun color or even stain it to make it unique to your decor style or personality.
Dinner was Swiss Chard tacos and they were sublime. These tacos were effortless to make. I normally cook up these bad boys, but the Hubs wanted to help out and he did an amazing job. He had the kids help out too by picking the Swiss Chard from the garden. The tacos then got topped off with some homemade roasted pepper and cashew salsa and queso fresco. This is definitely a household favorite and has the majority vote to go into our future family cookbook.
Yes, it was just dinner, but the sprinkles of magic I was talking about earlier made it feel like a celebration. Small details like adding fresh flowers to the dinner table, serving food on real plates, lighting candles and having some kind of activity that everyone can partake in will make any weeknight dinner a special event. Just remember to keep it simple, enjoy yourself and always end the night with dessert, we chose Key Lime Pie for our sweet ending.
This post was sponsored by National Hardware, but all opinions & ideas are my own.