Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Enjoy The Outdoors With TIKI

One of my very favorite things to do on warm nights is sit outside and enjoy the peace and quiet. I like to be able to read, and enjoy the nature sounds that come out at night. I've been a porch sitter since my last home. I'd put the kids to bed, and then sit outside on the adirondack chairs. Just me and the big sky above me.


Flip to the other side of our home, and I have bigger, better ideas for that. We're hoping to have a deck out back by the end of summer. I'd love it before that so we could enjoy it, but when there's no money in the coffers for something like that, you plan until it can happen.

The backyard will need an ambiance that encourages fun and enjoyment, which is why I reached out to TIKI Brand to see if they'd work with me to help make our outdoor experience just right. Thankfully they agreed, and I decided the porch is the first place to start. Obvious choice since that's the only thing completed!


Nearly three weeks ago, it started raining. Monday was the FIRST time in those three weeks that it didn't rain. The last time I experienced that amount of rain was when I was living in Washington. I don't mind the rain, and actually enjoy it, but it has caused more frustration than anything. Trying to enjoy a porch when it's cold and miserable out just isn't possible. Even my garden couldn't go in!

Finally this weekend, there was a small break, and the hubster and I were able to sit outside in the evening enjoying our books. We just bought a little bistro set, and I've been excited to spend some time reading quietly together. We've also found a table & chair set for our "one day" deck! Hopefully we'll be getting that in the next couple of months. Piece by piece I'm telling ya!



When you think of TIKI, you're probably like me. You think of the bamboo kind that stakes into the ground. Makes sense. I actually bought a couple of them when I was at the store about a month ago! What you might not realize is they're so much more than that!

They have a fun variety of torches for the table, stakes, and ones to sit on the floor/ground! And no, they're not all bamboo.


I've already decided how I want to decorate my porch for Memorial Weekend and 4th of July! TIKI has the Americana Bamboo torch which will be awesome with a couple in my garden. Then they have a variety of options with their candles. One is the Americana 3 pk, next is the American Flag bucket, and last is the mini 3 pk and they're red, white, and blue!

For now, I've got the two basic bamboo torches in the garden, and my bistro table set up with the Clean Burn™Tabletop Firepiece. Now, if you're wondering what Clean Burn™ is, let me explain. This is a fuel that is 85% plant based so it burns cleaner. That means less smoke and soot. Let me tell you, being that we have a yellow house with white trim, the last thing I need is to have a smokey look to our porch.


Do you ever see a product, and wonder what it will be like when you're actually using it? Will you truly like it and what it does or looks like? What I really like about the TIKI website is they show you what each piece looks like in regular lighting as well as in the dark!


Even with the cruddy weather, I've spent the last couple of nights out on the porch. Last night I hung out with my hubby, and tonight I participated in a Twitter party. Froze my butt off, but it was so relaxing.



I know with the weather we won't be having any outdoor parties soon, but I'm thankful that I have a porch we can enjoy once the sun comes out and warms us up! Until then, I'm going to keep warm, and enjoy our new patio furniture and TIKI torches!


Be sure to follow TIKI on their social channels: Facebook & Pinterest!

Are you planning any outdoor events this spring or summer?

35 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

The weather is FINALLY nice here in Boston and we try to be outside as much as possible in the summer. These are perfect for our deck!!

Terri Steffes said...

Absolutely! We entertain all summer long. Thanks for sharing those products. When I think Tiki I only think of those tall bamboo like poles with the torch on top!

Kait said...

It's always nice here in Hawaii so we spend a lot of time outdoors. That said, sometimes during the winter months it gets buggy, so these would be a great addition to our porch!

Cara W said...

I have to get some Tiki Torches! I see them all the time but I forget to incorporate them in our backyard. It's fantastic! Thanks for your helpful post!

Rebecca Bryant said...

those are too cute. Tiki has come a long way with bug repellent candles.

Amber Nelson said...

This sounds right up my alley. I love things that light up, especially in the outdoors when the weather is beautiful.

Carolyn @ Fennell Seeds said...

We usually have a water party for lots of kids in the neighborhood. We have slip n slides and water balloons. The kids go crazy. These Tiki products would go great in our backyard. I am glad to know they have moved beyond bamboo.

Julie D said...

We'll be attending our city's 4th of July parade (which is a BIG deal!) so I'll be helping host friends and family there...and we live at the beach so I'm sure we'll host a bonfire or two

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

That table top fireplace looks so neat. I would love to have a few for our deck. I have always loved Tiki, their products work and last so well.

Paula said...

We put our patio furniture out last weekend, which is always so exciting! Last year we bought a small set with a love seat and two comfy chairs ... I like to spend time out there. I like the Tiki torches - they are pretty!

Emily Reviews said...

We moved last fall so we're just getting to enjoy our new yard. I should pick up some tiki products to help with our patio area.

jillconyers said...

This is great. I love lighting with fire especially for having friends over and we're spending the evening outside or when my kids have a bonfire with friends. I love the table top Tiki.

A Busy Bees Life said...

Weather is great here in Vienna, Austria and we are planning a party in two weeks, and hoping for some fantastic sunshine and blue skies like today! Enjoy your new furniture!

Michelle said...

Living in Florida, we're outside year round but less in the Summer because it's SO humid and miserable! I love the ambiance of fire and candles though!

Just Plain Marie said...

Hasn't it been a long, cold spring? We're still hovering around freezing in the mornings but then it gets warm during the day. Not hot, but nicely warm. Maybe I can get my garden in soon. Thanks for the introduction to all of the Tiki products. I wonder if we have them here in Canada.

Taylor Speikers said...

Love the vibe it adds to a porch at night - so great for hanging out and spending quality time with the family! :)

Wendy said...

I love how they add to the ambiance! Thanks so much for sharing.

Roxanne Ferber said...

Something magical about a torch light in the back yard at night! I love all the ways you're using your tiki!!

DENEA DURAN said...

This would be perfect for out porch. We are in the south and its always hot and lots of bugs so this is perfect!

Heather said...

Once the weather is nice enough we like to BBQ every weekend. It is usually an open invitation, bring what you want to grill and something to share. Fun times!

Erin Shebish said...

I plan on getting tons of these for my backyard. I hate hate mosquitos and since we live in front of a natural park area, we get tons of them.

Leslie Hernandez said...

I don't have a porch or a backyard but sure hate mosquito's and would come handy when I do get a house in the near future. :-)

LeAnne Matlach said...

My teeny tiny city apartment doesn't have any outdoor space so i'll be mooching off friends with nice backyards for all of my spring and summer fun.

Cathy Mini said...

We are definitely planning some outdoor events for this summer! We like to have our annual brats & sausages bar party with all of neighbors as a way to give back to our apartment complex living community :) It's so fun! Those tikis are great and would really make our lawn pop!

Cheryl said...

These are really pretty outdoor accessories. I'd love to have the Clean Burn Glowing Tabletop Firepiece.

Terry Poage said...

I love these. I have never owned any kind of Tiki Torch.

Dianne Mumpower said...

I'm not a fan of the bamboo tiki torches ever since we had one catch fire at a family get cookout a few years ago. I'm glad to see there are safer tiki torches on the market, not to mention a heck of a lot more attractive. You really look like you have created an enjoyable setting on your porch. I hope you have many more lovely nights to share with your hubby.

D Johnson said...

Nice! I really need this. We grill outside a lot during the summer months with family and this would come in handy.

Maryann D. said...

I really like these TIKI torches. They are lovely and yes they would be wonderful for an outdoor party at night.
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Amy said...

Oh I really like that Tiki that you have on your porch table! It is a nice addition to an outdoor party.

tannawings said...

LOVE these lights. I really am amazed by all the choices. I love the designs on them, and can see how relaxing it would be. It is warmer here now finally and so being out at night isnt so bad!

freddie said...

These tabletop torches are really nice. They are a lot bigger than I thought they would be and it really looks nice sitting on your table.

Cyndi F said...

I am going to have to get one of these, I spend a lot of time outside just got a new puppy, and love to grill, so this is great.

jopb said...

I think that these Tiki torches are lovely, not a fire hazard and would add a nice touch to an outdoor party.

RICHARD HICKS said...

We really like to sit outside on warm evenings. These Tiki lights are just the ticket to make it even more relaxing

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