You don't have to have a home in a tropical location to enjoy some relaxing island-style backyard action. If you happen to have a carport instead of a garage, you could TOTALLY pull off the carport cabana — the "carbana."
This is Offbeat Home's archive of party posts.
Recently, a neighborhood in Halifax, Nova Scotia got together to paint an intersection/have a block party. One of the people involved put together this time lapse video, and another neighborhood Homie let us in on the details, including an unexpected outcome from this community street art…
We decided there was no better way to honor our parents' 30th anniversary than to surprise them with their own theme party tying together everything they loved. I'd seen the Lumberjack idea used for a wedding shower and immediately knew it was perfect for them, including buffalo plaid bunting, make your own facial hair station, and a tree cake being cut with an ax!
April of April Knits, Cooks and Reads made her own layered rainbow wedding cake and posted a great tutorial on her blog including her cake recipe, how she colored the layers, and the assembly. She was able to make the layers about a week ahead of time and freeze them before assembling and icing the whole shebang.
Frequent Offbeat Home contributor Helen Jane just wrote an excellent post on how she and her husband James manage to regularly throw what she calls "Porch Parties" — despite the fact that she works full-time (with an insanely long commute), has two toddlers, doesn't have a fairy godmother, etc.
How do they do it? Well, like so many things, it boils down to priorities…