Tips For Your Kentucky Derby Party

Whether you’re deeply interested in horse racing, love fancy hats or just can’t pass on a good time you don’t have to make the trip to Churchill Downs for a great Kentucky Derby party. Use these tips to plan your own festivities and enjoy the race from the comfort of your own home.

Set the Scene

Having the proper ambiance for your derby party is important for setting things off right. Whether your patio furniture is old or brand new give it a good cleaning and dusting before the party. 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner features a specialty solution that will clean both frames and fabrics leaving them guest-ready.

 

Don’t forget the extra seating! Having guests over means you’ll need more seating than usual. Add ottomans that can double as end tables or snag a few extra chairs in a complimentary color that you can place in pairs around the party.

Add some pops of color to your party area with an outdoor rug or throw pillows. Use traditional Southern flowers like roses, magnolias, hydrangeas and wisteria for a subtly refined look. Try arranging them in mason jars or painted tin cans for a rustic feel. Galvanized buckets make excellent beverage coolers and will add a nice ‘barn-chic’ touch to the decor.

 

Get the Refreshments Ready

The Kentucky Derby is a Southern tradition and that is reflected in the majority of dishes and cocktails you’ll see throughout the weekend.

First off – it’s not a Kentucky Derby party without a Mint Julep.

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Mint Juleps are a must for any Derby party.

 

These classic cocktails are sweet and cooling, with a pleasant herbal tang from the fresh mint. If you’re looking for something with less sweetness but still traditional try the Whiskey Sour. Both cocktails are bourbon based, making it easy to give guests a choice.

Once you’re done with cocktails it’s time for food! The official Kentucky Derby website has you covered with recipes for main dishes like Cheesy Shrimp Grits, Bourbon Glazed Short Ribs and Lamb Lollipops. Accent your entree with A perfectly paired side dish like Sweet Potato Hash.

Ready for dessert? Food & Wine has you covered with this list of 11 options and recipes. (We’re partial to the Mini Black-Bottom Cheesecakes)

Plan a Few Games

Because the actual race only lasts about 2 minutes it’s not enough to dazzling your guests with a gorgeous patio and delicious vittles may not be enough – you must entertain them as well.

Luckily, the event lends itself to a few easy options. Try setting up a Hat Contest with the best chapeau taking the prize. Also good – having guests pull horse names out of a hat to give them someone to cheer for, or taking ‘bets’ at the door with winner taking bragging rights. Create your own leader board to keep track. Another option – set up a garden game like horse shoes, corn hole or croquet and play on teams. It’s enough activity to keep the energy up but not so much that you can’t sip and cocktail and hold a conversation while you play.

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Cinco de Mayo Cocktail: The Watermelon Margarita

The margarita is a drink with a storied history and a million variations. This Cinco de Mayo put a little twist on the old stand-by with this refreshing watermelon version.

Because of the fruit’s natural sweetness this cocktail won’t need much sugar, which means each serving is a mere 105 calories. To finish, add a bit of lime juice for a touch of citrus and rim the glasses with sugar. Garnish your completed cocktails with lime wedges and melon balls for a little extra flair and enjoy!

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Ingredients

2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec
Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional)

 

 

 

 

Preparation:

 

1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges or melon balls, if desired.

 

 

Recipe courtesy of myrecipes.com

Mother’s Day Brunch Cocktails

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching you may be racking your brain to come up with the perfect gift. But rather than something that comes in a box or a bow – why not give the special Moms in your life the experience of a lovely mid-morning meal outdoors?

The Arizona weather is just right this time of year to take in a leisurely brunch on the patio and a signature cocktail is the perfect finishing touch. Here are a few recipes that will get your Mother’s Day Brunch off on the right foot.

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Winterize Your Patio

Tips and tricks to winterize your outdoor and patio furniture.

Winter makes a late debut in the Valley of the Sun but it will be here nonetheless. Without proper care the dropping temperatures and occasional frost can take a toll on your outdoor living spaces. Preventative measures are the best way to prevent damage to your property and keep your investment beautiful for years to come.

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Save an additional 33% Off Tent Sale Prices

Save an additional 33% Off Tent Sale Pricing with this Countdown to Black Friday Doorbuster! Remember: this deal ends at close of business 11/17 with limited quantities available. Don’t miss out!

Check http://paddyo.com/blackfriday for more info and to sign up for deal reminders for your next chance to save! http://ow.ly/i/exjOc

Accessory Spotlight: Outdoor Rugs

Give your patio, deck, or porch a whole new look in a snap by adding an outdoor rug.

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Don’t worry about over committing to vibrant colors or bold patterns with your patio furniture. Go neutral on your main pieces and cycle through a few different rugs during the year for visual interest. Outdoor rugs come in nearly every color under the sun and a variety of chic, fashion-forward patterns as well.

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Reasons to Consider a Career in Casual Furniture

Maybe you’re tired of sitting behind a desk all day, or your current position involves lots of cold calling with little to no creative outlet. Maybe you’re a stay at home parent or spouse looking for a way to indulge your passion for home décor.

Outdoor – or ‘Casual’ Furnishings as it is known in the industry – is an oft overlooked career field filled with unique opportunities and Paddy O’ Furniture is no exception. Our world-class customer experience is the culmination of the work of dozens of employees. Front and center of each and every customer interaction is our sales team, the Paddy O’ Exterior Designers. If you’ve worked in sales before or are looking for a career change here are a few reasons to consider a career in outdoor furnishings with Paddy O’ Furniture, Arizona’s #1 Outdoor Furniture Retailer.

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Ready. Set. Fall….

As Arizona (finally) transitions into the cooler Fall season residents and visitors alike will be spending more and more time in their backyards. Between the beautiful sunsets, perfect temperatures and abundance of outdoor activities it’s not hard to understand why. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply creating a cozy spot to unwind here are 5 things you can do to get your patio ready to take center stage this Fall.

Add a Heat Source

Fire pits are a favorite way to add ambiance and heat. They’re more elegant than patio heaters and they provide a central gathering place for you and your guests. Fire Pits are available in a variety of finishes and range from chat height to bar height in size. You can even choose a fire glass color to better compliment your existing décor.

Looking for something with even more visual impact? Consider an outdoor fireplace. Elements by Belgard come in several sizes and are now available at Paddy O’s Scottsdale location.

Belgard Elements Outdoor Fireplace

Belgard Elements Outdoor Fireplace

Cover Up

As the sun goes down temperatures can drop rapidly in the desert. Guard against the early evening chill with a few Sunbrella outdoor blankets. Not only are they incredibly soft to the touch but they’re made specifically to endure the elements as well as typical family wear and tear.

Outdoor blankets add a punch of color and much needed warmth for Fall.

Outdoor blankets add a punch of color and much needed warmth for Fall.

Add Fall Touches to Your Décor

Bringing a touch of autumn to your patio can be as simple as adding a few well-chosen throw pillows. Rich rust, pumpkin, spice and wine tones are all reminiscent of the season along with animal prints and tribal prints in warm neutrals. If your plush seating is looking a little worse for wear after another summer in the Arizona heat consider treating the frames with a specially formulated cleaner – like Paddy O’s 303 product series – and replacing your cushions.

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Add More Seating

Make sure everyone can enjoy the perfect AZ weather comfortably. Adding additional club chairs or a sectional will insure there’s plenty of room for everyone. If you’re planning on doing a lot of entertaining  and want something that will wow your guests consider a curved sectional which allows for max seating and face time for the entire group.

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Curved Sectionals are ideal for entertaining and a great complement to outdoor fire pits.

Take Dining Outdoors

Pleasant temperatures, absent insects and stunning sunsets make dining outdoors the best way to enjoy a meal this time of year. Add an outdoor dining set or go big with an impressive table display. Arizona’s mild weather means you’ll be able to enjoy it well into the Holiday Season not to mention less clean up inside once the meal is done.

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And, as always, if you’re looking for patio inspiration or help planning your outdoor space visit one of our Paddy O’ Furniture locations to work with an experienced Exterior Designer. They’ll guide you through everything from frame styles to fabric choices and colors to insure you get the patio that’s perfect for you.

Creating a Killer Patio for Entertaining

Summer may be over but spending that time outdoors entertaining family, friends, and finding fun activities to enjoy with the kids is still top priority. There is a growing theme today where the new kind of vacation is a “staycation”. Creating spaces at home for leisure and entertaining can be fun when you can find all the right furniture.

There is no doubt you are going to need different types of furniture and styles to suit you needs. Running through just a few events that you could hold at your home I have selected a few set ups to make it easier to entertain and a few yummy treats to go along with it!

Hosting a small dinner party with friends in your backyard just got a whole lot easier and more comfortable with this grouping here. The Apostrophe outdoor table constructed in teak paired with Apostrophe outdoor chair gives such a clean elegant dining experience you may never want to eat inside again! For this reason, teak patio furniture is a customary outdoor furniture choice for those seeking to pair natural beauty with strength and longevity.

The Apostrophe Outdoor Patio Jambi table. Durable and easy to care for.

The Apostrophe Outdoor Patio Jambi table. Durable and easy to care for.

Now that everyone is done eating there is always time for conversation after and check out these cocktail ideas that even the kids of all ages could enjoy. Invite everyone over to join you on the sofa. Another design by Apostrophe brings a classic, traditional looking sofa with lines that are calming and smart. Its seamless transitional style takes the comfort of the indoors outside.

The Apostrophe Outdoor Patio Cushion Sofa.

The Apostrophe Outdoor Patio Cushion Sofa.

Not hosting a dinner party and just need seating idea’s for outdoor? Pile the family on this comfortable yet stylish collection. Better yet you could imagine yourself in the gardens of Europe toasting to the day away! The Calenzano is ornate, enchanting and considered an old world gem.

Outdoor furniture goes beyond function with Calenzano plush seating. Comfort and style take the stage

Outdoor furniture goes beyond function with Calenzano plush seating. Comfort and style take the stage

Now that you have the seating covered you are going to need to keep them busy with these tasty treats from savory grill menu itemsfun beverages and how about a yard game or two! Either way you do it, summer should be fun and entertaining! Now where is your calendar? You have a party to plan!

How to Purchase Patio Furniture Online

Finding the right patio furniture for your home can be a daunting task, and making such a large purchase online can present an even greater challenge. Luckily, Paddy O’ Furniture has some quick, easy steps that will make the process more manageable so you can enjoy a stress-free online shopping experience.

The truth is most of us are already doing our furniture research online. It’s not uncommon to spend days, sometimes weeks, comparing styles, colors, designs, and prices. The internet gives shoppers unprecedented access to furniture options, giving us a variety of resources to find exactly what we want all from the comfort or our couches. But, with so many items to choose from, the task can become overwhelming. Managing all those choices is part of what makes the Paddy O’ shopping experience so unique.

Paddy O’ Furniture works hard to create a luxurious outdoor furniture shopping experience online for our customers. See someone online that you like? Come into a showroom and try it out! Did you come into a store and fall in love with a piece, but need more time to think it over? No problem. Visit us online to complete your purchase when you’re ready, or add it to your ‘favorites’ for safekeeping so you can compare it to other possibilities later on. Whether you’re shopping online, in our stores, or both It is possible to find quality, stylish, outdoor furniture at Paddy O’ Furniture.

Here are a few tips about our website to enhance your browsing experience:

  1. Look through all of our patio furniture collections. They’re arranged in categories like ‘Plush Seating’ and ‘Outdoor Dining’ to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Our site also allows you to drape pieces in different fabrics so you can better visualize the finished piece. You can even use our online room planner to furnish your dream patio down to the smallest detail!
  2. Read the product descriptions and note the dimensions. Make sure you have measured your patio space to ensure you are getting the right size furniture for your design.
  3. Need a little help reviewing the options? Call us! The staff at Paddy O’ Furniture is always available to answer questions or send you more information. We conveniently have a “Request Information” button on all of our product pages to make it easy to find out more information about a product before you purchase.
  4. When you’re shopping online at the Paddy O’ Furniture Website be sure to sign up as a Paddy O’ Subscriber for specials, exclusive discounts and advance notice of the best deals on luxury patio furniture!

Finding the right patio furniture for your outdoor space can be simple and fun on the Paddy O’ Furniture website! Take your laptop outside and browse while imagining yourself enjoying your new lavish patio furniture!

Enjoy the outdoors in beautiful patio furniture from Paddy O' Furniture that you can conveniently purchase online!