Looking for easy backyard summer entertaining ideas? Here’s everything you need for the perfect summer party.
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With all the wedding festivities that have come and gone, I’m extra sentimental.
And add a dose of sappy on top.
Like yesterday, when I stood on the porch and thought about the day I told the backyard goodbye.
It was heart-wrenching.
All of those lazy summer days.
All of those parties.
All of those times together as a family.
It was more than a backyard. It was a gathering place for celebrations and moments and milestones and spending time with friends and family.
I’m so happy we are back together—my backyard and I. I’m so happy that we have zillions more summer days and parties and family get-togethers to come.
I never met a celebration I didn’t love.
So today, I’m sharing 11 summer entertaining ideas—from my backyard to yours.
11 Simple and Easy Backyard Summer Entertaining Ideas
1. Add a footed serving board as a centerpiece
It makes the perfect centerpiece.
You could add a charcuterie spread to the center and just let everyone graze, or you could use it to serve salad and bread like I did here.
2. Turn a table runner into a chair cover
This is such a simple DIY project.
I took a table runner, cut it in half and fringed the edges.
Then I threaded jute twine (you could use ribbon, too) through both sides and tied it onto the chair and repeated the process for each of the other chairs at the table.
You can see the entire DIY on my Instagram stories here.
3. Add a mini charcuterie board to every place setting
This worked out PERFECTLY at the dinner.
So many times with a charcuterie board people get overwhelmed.
Why not have a mini charcuterie for each person at the party?
I added cheese and fruit and nuts and meat to go along with the bread and salad.
These are the cutest charcuterie boards (and so affordable).
4. Carry supplies to the table in an over-sized basket
This is one of my best tips.
The party was in the backyard under the pergola. That’s a lot of supplies to transport from the house. I used this oversized basket to transport the supplies for the table and then took them back to the house afterward.
This basket is so sturdy and over-sized and it worked perfectly
You can see the large hyacinth basket here.
5. Add branches to a pitcher
Need a little greenery for an outdoor party?
Fill a pitcher or vase with branches you’ve cut from the yard.
Here, I used faux branches from the house, but flowers or greenery from the yard are FREE.
This farmhouse pitcher is the perfect size.
6. Fill mini ramekins with sauces and dips
I LOVE these little mini ramekins.
They are the perfect size for adding sauces and dips or even a single serving of fruits or vegetables. I added two of them to each charcuterie board.
7. Add pillows to chairs for extra comfort
I always like to treat any outside parties like I do any indoor parties.
And that means comfort.
Adding a pillow to a chair creates instant comfort (and helps people that are short like me keep their feet on the floor).
8. Keep all the party supplies in one place
Isn’t this serving caddy the cutest?
It has a handle and spaces for silverware, plates, napkins, and glasses.
And it’s under $20.
You can see it here.
9. Make ordinary water special
I drink water all the time, so I’ve started serving it at parties now (especially in cute glasses like these).
But why serve plain water when you can add a slice of lemon or lime or even strawberries or blueberries?
You can even create ice cubes with fruit frozen into them.
10. Add a side table
It’s a good idea to have smaller side tables set in place next to the larger table.
Add the bread and butter.
Or the appetizers.
Or even the ice bucket and extra water.
11. Keep it simple
Do NOT overthink entertaining.
While charcuterie boards and DIY’s and table settings are amazing.
It’s the HEART of entertaining that is truly special.
You see, in a day and age when fast food drive-throughs are dining rooms.
(total aside: no judgment here—I’m looking at you Chick fil A dinners.)
And family dinners are a thing that you see in the movies and many of us are like ships passing in the night from one busy to another busy…
…spending time together is a bright light in a dreary world.
So I’m setting my table.
And sitting down with my family (especially because the twins are home for the summer).
To press pause and LISTEN to the ordinary moments of an ordinary day.
To pull up a chair to the table and help them understand that they are loved.
Here’s to backyards everywhere.
And the people who love them. 🙂
Sources from the backyard table
- square dinnerware set
- footed serving board (in the center of the table)
- large white bowl (I used it for the salad)
- charcuterie boards (I used them at each place setting)
- woven serving tray
- butter dish
- 5″ appetizer bowls
- set of linen pillows
- large hyacinth basket
- set of drinking glasses
- rectangular serving platter
- ice bucket
- all-occasion cake stand
- serving caddy
- table runner
- farmhouse pitcher
- narrow platter (I use it for bread)
- wood cake stand
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