5 Ways to Entertain Outdoors

It’s Memorial Day Weekend…the three day weekend that many of us think of as the kick off to summertime fun.   Summer just isn’t summer without a picnic, barbeque, or some other al fresco dining.  It’s fun and easy to fire up the grill and throw a picnic blanket down on the grass.  Talk about a low-key way to enjoy spending time with friends and family without being stuck in the kitchen all day getting ready!  Entertaining outside can be much more casual and spontaneous than it is indoors, so there’s no excuse not to host a party or two in your backyard sometime this season.  Whether it’s a birthday party for a little one, a picnic with your swettie, a brunch for friends, or a neighborhood barbeque, everything tastes better (and is easier to decorate for) in the great outdoors.  Here are five ideas that you can use the next time you entertain outdoors.

1.  Make a Chevron Picnic Blanket

We all know chevron is the it girl of the pattern world, right now, so why not enjoy that fun trend at your next picnic?  Twig and Thistle shares how to make this pretty chevron picnic blanket from a canvas dropcloth.  I love the color!

2.  Pretty Picnic Accessories

At Snowy Bliss, dining outside becomes super stylish with these amazing accessories.  Not only is it absolutely darling, this DIY picnic caddy is so handy for organizing and toting utensils.  Check out the caddy tutorial and the darling picnic baskets featured aobve.

3.  DIY Picnic Table

If dining on the grass isn’t quite your thing, it might be time to get some outdoor dining furniture.  It doesn’t need to be expensive.  The couple at Colorado Springs Bargains DIY’d this cute table.  The painted planks are such a whimsical touch.

4.  Have S’more Fun

The perfect ending to any evening picnic?  Definitely roasting marshmallows over a fire.  Apres Fete has the perfect solution for those of us who don’t have our own firepits or outdoor fireplaces, with these mini fire pits made from terra cotta pots and tinfoil.  Set out s’more supplies and you are set!

5.  Let them Eat…Pie!

I thought this idea from Moore Minutes was such a great idea for a daytime party: an outside pie buffet.  The pies look delicious, and the decorations are just delightful–perfect for any outdoor occasion.





  • Melissa Benno

    Can you repost the Moore Minutes link? It’s a repeat of the apres party link.
    thank you!

  • http://www.brooksidecraft.com/ Katie

    Cute cute cute!! I love dining outdoors (when it’s not too windy…otherwise I end up eating my hair)! So does the hubby. :) We must try #4 – what a fab idea. And #5 – who doesn’t love pie?! Yummm!