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Dirt Road Adventures – Entertaining in the Country

Welcome to Dirt Road Adventure where I take a look back out all things happening at the end of the Dirt Road. You’ll see some behind the scenes of how we entertain in the country and “in case you missed it” on the blog last week.

In addition, I’m sharing some of my favorite finds from around the web which include DIY Projects, Repurposing and Fall Decorating ideas.

Entertaining in the Country

We had so much fun setting up for our Supper Club Series this past week. I’ll be sharing all the details next Thursday on How To Create A Country Garden Party Table Setting.

However, today I wanted to share some behind the scenes of the location we chose for the country garden party.

Entertaining in the Country is a favorite Dirt Road Adventure.

Preparing for Country Garden Dinner Party - Entertaining in the Country
Preparing for Country Garden Dinner Party – Entertaining in the Country

I just love an old farmhouse and knew this was the perfect spot for a dinner party. The farmhouse has been unoccupied for years, however the grounds are perfectly maintained with a beautiful lawn. Perfect for entertaining in the country.

The rustic charm of the weathered wood siding and stacked rock foundation would be the perfect backdrop for our party.

Be sure to check back on Thursday to see the full set up.

Old Country Farmhouse and Well - Setting up for Entertaining in the Country Dirt Road Adventures
Old Country Farmhouse and Well – Setting up for Entertaining in the Country

We often walk by the house which is located next to our property and I love to imagine what life was like without running water and all our modern conveniences.

Well, maybe not the electricity! LOL

There’s a barn, a well, and a couple other structures still standing next to the farmhouse.

Farmhouse with view of well and old barn – Dirt Road Adventures

The stacked rock fireplace chimney captured my attention years ago and one of my first paintings was of the old house and chimney.

Original Painting of old Farmhouse with rock chimney.  Painted 2008 by Rachel Harper
One of my first paintings – Old Farmhouse

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This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

In Case You Missed It

Y’all know I love budget friendly projects and How to Make Sweet Gum Balls Fall Crafts is an almost free way to decorate for fall. You can see the video tutorial as well.

Make Free Fall Decor with Sweet Gum Balls and Fallen branches.  Free Fall Decorating Ideas - Entertaining in the Country
Make Free Fall Decor with Sweet Gum Balls and Fallen branches.

Another inexpensive craft project is this Fall Wreath made using recycled tin cans and Dollar Tree Flowers.

DIY Recycled Tin Can and Dollar Tree Flowers Wreath for Fall - Hanging on a rock column for Dirt Road Adventures
DIY Recycled Tin Can & Dollar Tree Fall Wreath Video Tutorial

How to Use Thrifted Vintage Garden Decor is another edition of our Thrifting With the Gals monthly series.

Dirt Road Adventures - Outdoor Thrifted  Vintage Gardening Decor for outdoor entertaining.
Outdoor Thrifted Garden Decor

Finally I shared an early fall tour of the DIY Greenhouse using Sunflower Decorating Ideas.

Decorating for Sunflower Season in the DIY Greenhouse She Shed.
How To Decorate For Sunflowers Season Greenhouse & She Shed Tour Video

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

I just love this cute idea to make French Country Script Ornaments share by CoCo at The Crowned Goat.

How to Make French Country Script Goat Ornaments-The Crowned Goat

My friend Cindy shared this personalized Wedding Gift idea

Personalized Gift Baskets for Wedding and Hostess Gifts.

These Easy Wheat and Floral Decorating Ideas for my friend Amy

DIY Wheat and Florals for fall decorating.

I love this Trash to Treasure Table Idea

See How to Add Charm and Character to Your Entry

I’ve wanted to try Stripping Wood With Oven Cleaner so check this out.

You’ll want to see this Summer Vintage Shopping Spree

I love these Clever Lavender Ice Cube Stirrers

See this easy way to update a light fixture.

What’s in my cart

This past week I’ve been gearing up for more fall decorating and placed a few items in my cart. Most are on their way to my doorstep and I thought I’d share a few of my finds with you.

These Burnt Orange Pillow Covers for my Living Room.

I have plans for these cute mini pumpkins and gourds this week.

I learned why my hair was looking brassy. Turns out well water isn’t the best for blonde hair and I was advised to order this purple shampoo to tone down the brassy look. I’m loving it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing a trending cocktail recipe, a fall centerpiece idea, our Country Garden Party Supper Club table and menu with you this week. So stay tuned.

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Friday 26th of August 2022

Catching up on all your posts from the week and wanted to say thank you for sharing my ornaments! I really appreciate it. They were super easy to make and I think my Mom is going to be over the moon for them. Can't wait to see more from your photoshoot. That barn is gorgeous! Hugs, CoCo


Friday 26th of August 2022

CoCo, I really appreciate this and I loved those ornaments.

va in nc

Monday 22nd of August 2022

Love the tin can wreath. Need to know what is best paint to paint a ceramic piece and if the same paint may be used to paint little iron chicken. Thank you for all the neat ideas you share with us. Not a crafter but learning so much from your posts. Blessings,


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint if I have it available. Ceramic is harder to get paint to adhere to so if you don't have chalk paint, a spray of rust-oleum primer might be a good idea. The same with the iron chickens to prevent rust. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your sweet comments.


Monday 22nd of August 2022

I can’t wait to see your tablescape. What an amazing setting. Thank you so much for the feature. I sure appreciate you. Hugs to you, my friend.


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Renae, You are so welcome. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday 21st of August 2022

Oh Rachel those old buildings are fabulous I can’t wait to see your set up. I had a cousin who put on a party in a similar setting with old clotheslines, tables and chairs. It was so cute🫶🏼


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Ann, I can't wait to share the details with you.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 21st of August 2022

Rachel, I am finally back in town and catching up. That property next to yours raises all sorts of questions. Who owns it? Does anyone ever use it? I can’t wait to see your supper club venue. I love old homes and I’m always curious about the history. Plus your painting is fabulous. Happy Sunday, my friend!


Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Mary, The house isn't used but the property is still farmed and well maintained. It's a beautiful property and we enjoy walking by on our morning walks. Thanks for stopping by!