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10 Real-Girl Entertaining Tips to Take Outdoors

Jul 2 2014 - 2:48pm

Whether you're looking to host a small BBQ or an elaborate dinner party this weekend, here are 10 entertaining ideas to try. From simple centerpieces to affordable DIYs, let this Instagram inspiration be the final touch for your Summer soiree. Pick a few from the list below and give your guests something to remember — whatever your plans or budget!

Source: Instagram [1]

Go Green With Glass

Fancy up an outdoor tablescape on the cheap with flea market finds. We love the effortless combination of vintage glassware and metallic finishes that glam up this rustic wood table. And because upcycled glass is so affordable, it's not the end of the world if a piece accidentally breaks.

Source: Instagram user beauandarrowevents [2]

Light It Up

Perfect for small patios [3], string lights and outdoor entertaining often go hand in hand. We also love the idea of using various terracotta pots to easily (and affordably) decorate your deck.

Source: Instagrm user elsielarson [4]

Add a Foodie Touch

The presentation of food can elevate your party and keep with the theme. For a BBQ, create a buffet by displaying food in baskets and wrapping subs in wax paper. Since it is all in the details, ditch the potato chip bags and opt for paper lunch bags instead.

Source: Instagram user glitterguide [5]

Make Succulents a Statement

For a statement centerpiece, coat succulents with metallic spray paint. Depending on the vibe, consider a pop of color using neon or jewel-toned paint, too. This is an idea we can't wait to try!

Source: Instagram user byemilyb [6]

Add Feminine Frills

Add a vintage feminine feel to your outdoor space with a lace runner or tablecloth. Antique lace is another great flea market find and makes for a cool contrast against rustic textures.

Source: Instagram user camillestyles [7]

Rock On

For larger events where escort cards are needed, use rocks to put them on display. Not only is this affordable (about $11 for a bag [8]), it prevents them from blowing away. This idea also works for menus and buffet cards!

Source: Instagram user thenouveauromantics [9]

Style It Sleek

A modern tablescape can be unexpected for outdoor entertaining, but it works! Simplicity here is key: white plates, sleek utensils, linen napkins, and succulents.

Source: Instagram user camillestyles [10]

Pack a Punch With Pillows

Pillows are a fun way to bring elements of the indoors outside. Large pillows allow for easy floor seating during a party and will add a pop of color to your patio.

Source: Instagram user taylorsterling [11]

Be a Gamer

Whether it be frisbee or bocce ball, get guests mingling with a few games. Better yet, they will keep your company distracted so you, as the host, can complete those final touches.

Source: Instagram user freutcake [12]

Top It Off With a Tray

Last but not least, put your favorite indoor trays to good use. Not only will it make serving easier, it's an unexpected touch that will elevate your party.

Source: Instagram user donfperkins [13]

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