Sunset Celebration Weekend Event Recap

The Belgard booth was located in Sunset Celebration Beer Garden and featured a Weston Stone® fire pit surrounded by Lafitt® Rustic Slab pavers and a ???? seat wall.
The Belgard booth was located by the Beer Garden and featured a Weston Stone® fire pit surrounded by Lafitt® Grana Slab pavers and a Shelton Wall seat wall.

We had an amazing time soaking in the sun and celebrating life in the West at the annual Sunset Celebration Weekend held in Cornerstone Sonoma on May 20-21. We occupied two spaces on the event campus, with our company booth and fire pit lounging area by the Beer Garden and the Belgard Wine Bar on the opposite side of the campus. We’d like to offer a special shout out to our friends at Black Diamond Paver Stone & Landscape, Inc., who installed the fire pit, seat wall and patio for our lounging area. Members of the Black Diamond team were also on hand throughout the weekend to greet attendees and answer questions regarding landscaping and hardscape design and installation.

The Belgard Wine Bar was a popular site throughout the event, offering wine tastings to attendees. The bar was constructed with Tandem® Modular Grid surrounded by a paver patio of Lafitt® Rustic Slab.

Our weekend began with Media Day on Friday. Belgard took part in the event by distributing materials to the visiting media representatives and offering refreshing mimosas at the Belgard Wine Bar.

Saturday was open to the public and was a perfect California day — sunny and warm with clear blue skies. Throughout the day, we educated attendees on various pavers and retaining walls and offered tips on outdoor living design and installation, as well as contractor selection. By stopping to ask questions, visitors to our booth were rewarded with an additional wine tasting ticket that could be redeemed across the campus at the Belgard Wine Bar. Additional festivities throughout the event included live music, cooking demonstrations, various product and education booths, food trucks offering a variety of delicious fare, and more.

Area chefs offered cooking demonstrations at the Outdoor Kitchen Stage throughout the event. The outdoor kitchen was constructed with Tandem® Modular Grid, with a surrounding patio of Lafitt® Rustic Slab.

Sunday was an equally gorgeous day with a continuation of live entertainment, wine tastings, festive happenings and lively conversation around the Belgard fire pit. Anyone who missed the event who would like to ask questions from a Belgard expert on outdoor living design is welcome to call 877-BELGARD (or 877-235-4273) to setup a one-on-one consultation.

We’ll see you next year!

Join Belgard at the Upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show

flower-show-logo As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard is once again proud to partner with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor at the event to be held March 11-19, 2017, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year’s show, “Holland: Flowering the World”, will showcase the talents of our nation’s top horticulturalists and designers along with award-winning landscape and floral designers from the Netherlands. From towering windmills, wooden shoes and delectable cheeses, to the whimsical bicycles, canals and vibrant tulip fields of the iconic Dutch landscape, this year’s show will share the diverse stories of horticulture, innovative eco-design, and modern urban greening and sustainability efforts of the Netherlands.

In addition to the use of Belgard hardscapes throughout the entire show, Belgard will also exhibit a selection of hardscape products and Dutch-inspired landscaping in their display garden. The Belgard feature exhibit, which was designed by the Belgard Design Studio, will be constructed to emulate an expansive outdoor living space that includes an outdoor living room, kitchen, and dining area — featuring a variety of Belgard pavers, wall products, and the Bordeaux Series of the Belgard Elements Collection of outdoor fireplaces and kitchen units.

Rendering of the future Belgard display at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.
Rendering of the future Belgard display at the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.
Sneak peek into the outdoor living room and kitchen that will be constructed in Belgard's expansive display.
Sneak peek into the outdoor living room and kitchen that will be constructed in Belgard’s expansive display.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and benefits a variety of year-round programs in the Philadelphia area that have become national models of urban greening. For more information on the show, visit theflowershow.com.

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As the largest hardscapes manufacturer in the nation, Belgard has partnered with the largest horticultural event in the nation as the 2016 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show’s official hardscapes sponsor at their event to be held March 5 – 13, 2016, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

This year’s show, “Explore America,” will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service and America’s majestic landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture by showcasing stunning displays created by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. From Acadia and Cape Cod, to Valley Forge and Shenandoah, to Yellowstone, Yosemite and other iconic parks and historic sites, American beauty and glory will serve as inspiration for a variety of interactive exhibits.

In addition to the use of Belgard hardscapes throughout the entire show, Belgard will also exhibit a variety of hardscape products in their entrance display garden, which is titled “A Chesapeake Kind of Beautiful” and is a tribute to the Chesapeake Bay National Park.

Entrance sign to the Belgard display garden.
Entrance sign to the Belgard display garden.

The Belgard feature exhibit, which was designed by the Belgard Design Studio, will be constructed to emulate a home with an expansive backyard outdoor living space, which includes an Old World Paver™ driveway, a Mega-Lafitt™ paver patio, meandering gardens bordered with Anglia Edger®, a Bordeaux Belgard Elements outdoor kitchen and fireplace, and a Mirage® porcelain paver pavilion. Tandem™ Modular Grid will be used to create various structures throughout the feature display, included the pavilion posts, an arbor, end caps, and column wraps.

Rendering of the future Belgard display in the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.
Rendering of the future Belgard display in the entrance garden of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show.

The Philadelphia Flower Show is hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and benefits a variety of year-round programs in the Philadelphia area that have become national models of urban greening. For more information on the show, visit theflowershow.com.

Enter for a Chance to Win the HGTV® Dream Home 2016

DH16 BRAND GUIDELINES_Sponsor.pagesAs a proud sponsor of the HGTV Dream Home 2016, we invite you to take a virtual walking tour of the Belgard outdoor living spaces of this waterfront retreat in Merritt Island, Florida, then enter for your chance to win this fabulous ultra modern home.

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Drive up to the ample guest parking area, with its arched duo-tone paver design that adds contemporary flair to the classic cobbled look of the driveway’s Old York™ Pavers. Then take the welcoming walkway, flanked by quaint picket fencing and colorful gardens, to the double-door entrance.

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As you make your way to the front door, imagine breezy mornings enjoying a cup of coffee and a buttery croissant with fresh fruit in this cozy breakfast nook, adjacent to the entrance.

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Next, step out onto the expansive multi-level backyard lanai, which boasts multiple seating areas to accommodate both large and intimate gatherings. Colorful hues of Lafitt™ Rustic Slab and coordinating Bullnose Coping don the lanai, step edges and poolscape to create one continuous and flowing contemporary design.

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Explore the various levels of the vibrant poolscape, with paver colors that mimic the natural tones of the surrounding waterfront property. Imagine enjoying a sunset cocktail as you walk down to the dock to greet neighboring boaters.

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To continue your virtual outdoor living tour, visit our Pinterest board for more photos of the HGTV Dream Home 2016.

Click here to enter to for your chance to win this amazing waterfront retreat!

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends at 5 p.m. ET on 2/18/16. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For full official rules, visit hgtv.com or send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “HGTV Dream Home Giveaway”- RR, P.O. Box 53445 Knoxville, TN 37950. Main Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC d/b/a DIY Network. Photos © 2015 Scripps Networks, LLC. Used with permission; all rights reserved.

Enter the Belgard Backyard Tailgate Sweepstakes for the Chance to Win a Fabulous $6,000 Grill Station

SweepsHeroThis fall, the perfect tailgate isn’t at the game – it’s in your own backyard. Enter the Belgard Backyard Tailgate Sweepstakes, take the style quiz, and find recipes and tips to make your tailgate unforgettable.

Weekly Prize Package
Weekly Prize Package

What You Can Win:  Weekly winners will receive a $100 tailgating kit including a heavy-duty apron. One grand prize winner will receive a Belgard Elements Bordeaux Grill Station valued at $6,000.

What’s your tailgating personality?  Do you consider yourself to be a gourmet tailgating guru, or do you prefer to stick with the tried and true classics? Or, maybe you have a creative side and like to mix it up from time to time.

Tailgating Tips & Recipes
Tailgating Tips & Recipes

Get Ready for the Big Game:  From lawn and paver maintenance to the top 10 tips for backyard tailgating, learn how to make your next backyard bash unforgettable.

Ultimate Tailgating Recipes:  Whether you’re on a quest to find your new favorite burger recipe or are looking for a gourmet twist on tailgating, we’ve got the recipe for you!

 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest ends 10/31/2014. Void where prohibited by law. 

How to Throw the Ultimate Back-to-School Bash

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August is upon us once more. For many of us, that means the kids are heading back to school. Doesn’t it seem like June was just kicking off a season of family adventure? Time flies when you’re having fun in the sun!

After months of warm weather and long summer nights, why not take one more chance to celebrate the season and send the kids off in style? Just because school is starting, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the last of summer. Make August your time to throw the ultimate back-to-school bash!

A lot goes into planning a party, but thankfully, we’ve got all you need to make the process easy, quick, and fun! Check out these five steps and have the best back-to-school party on the block.

1. Center on summer

When planning your back-to-school bash, make sure you channel the season. Summer might not be over, but for the kids, heading back to school pretty much marks the end of summer fun. So, make this no ordinary outdoor party… you’re celebrating the end of summer, the kids starting another year of school, and all of the wonderful fun you’ve had together these past few months.

Emphasize the best parts of the season, like the warm weather, long nights and of course, the perfect time to be outside. You know what that means…. get outdoors! Put your yard to use and center the party around your landscape’s best features—whether that be the pool, the patio, or the yard. There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than making it the focal point of your party. Get everyone out of the house and enjoy the sun!

2. Choose your theme

Every great party starts with a great theme, and back-to-school parties are no different. In order to make decorating easy, choose a theme and stick to it.

Do you want to have a barbeque? Grab some checkered tablecloths and mason jars. Or maybe you’d rather pretend you’re at the beach and have a luau around the pool. In that case, think Hawaii– leis, tiki torches, the whole deal. Don’t really feel like going all out on decorations? No problem! Check out our tips for lighting up your hardscape for an easy way to add some flair to your backyard!

3. Make a menu

It isn’t a party until you break out the food and drinks, so take time developing your menu. Highlight your family’s summer favorites: BBQ chicken, burgers, fruit salad, and more. There’s no need to hide inside while everyone else is enjoying the sun… put your grill to use and cook outdoors with your family and friends!

Make sure you consult the kids about kid-friendly options—it is their last hurrah, after all. Get them involved and come up with “kid-cook” options that they can prepare too. And of course, don’t forget dessert. Need some inspiration? Check out our Salted Caramel Ice Cream recipe, or whip up some s’mores!

4. Plan activities

One of the best parts of summer is the endless list of outdoor activities you can do. Plan some fun summer games for your back-to-school bash. Want to get an expert’s opinion? Ask the kids! They are the masters of fun.

In the mean time, here are a few suggestions for you: If you’re having a pool party, enjoy a game of Marco Polo or set up water races. Winners get a prize, like a piece of candy! If a luau strikes your fancy, do the limbo or have a hula contest. Cornhole (bag toss) is great for barbeques, and water balloons are guaranteed fun for any theme. Be creative, and remember, get outside!

5. Have a blast

Planning and hosting a party can be overwhelming. Make sure to take a deep breath and enjoy your time with your family and friends. After all, that’s what this celebration is all about!

Remember that going back to school marks a big time for the kids. New teachers, new classmates and new subjects can be a lot of exciting changes all at once! So soak in the sun, reminisce with them about your favorite summer memories, and cherish your time together. Summer only comes once a year, and this is it for the kids. Send them off with a bang, and get ready for the fun the school year brings!