Outdoor Entertaining

outdoor dining


I haven’t been entertaining as much lately as I used to, but when I do I much prefer to do it outside. Having the extra outdoor space when you live in a smaller house makes such a difference. If you plan on entertaining outdoors, this list can serve as a check list for you.

I love casual dinnerware, especially the mix and match variety. Why pick only one fun pattern when you can have several? My husband’s Christmas party last year was at a fancy restaurant in the city, and all the tables were set with mismatched dinnerware, and it looked amazing!

min and match dinnerware



Add some creative touches, I really love these leaves used as coasters!

leaf coasters

Martha Stewart


Not everyone loves to bake in the sun all day, make sure to provide some shady areas to keep your guests comfortable.

shady outdoor dining



I usually prefer simple centerpieces that don’t take up too much room on the table.

simple centerpiece



Make one signature drink, how amazing does this Peach Sangria look?

Peach Sangria

Peach Sangria 


Try some watermelon lemonade for your nonalcoholic drinks.

watermelon lemonade

Whole Foods


Set up your drinks on a potting table turned drink station. I have to get one of these!

potting table drink station

the Creativity Exchange


Remember to keep the bugs away with citronella candles. DIY your own using mason jars.

mason jar citronella candles

I Can’t Pin It


This is such a smart idea! Use popsicle sticks as burger markers, so everyone knows which are the medium rare burgers and which are well done.

burger markers

 Real Simple


When I’m a guest at someone else’s house, I love when they have games for entertainment. It helps keep everyone interacting. My husband and I can’t be beat at corn hole.

lawn games

via Pinterest


Don’t forget a dessert station, my daughter would love this S’mores bar!


the Party Dress


When night falls, set the mood with outdoor lighting.

outdoor lighting

Colin Cowie

Entertaining indoors really doesn’t compare to outdoor entertaining,  wouldn’t you agree? You can read more on decorating with patio lights here.


Outdoor Entertaining Guide

One Comment

  1. I love all of these ideas! I especially like the smores station and the outdoor bar cart! Brilliant! 🙂

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