7 Tips for Fabulous Backyard Parties!

Tips for Fabulous Backyard Parties! Pin to remember!

Tips for Fabulous Backyard Parties

  1. Keep those flies away! Who wants flies around during their backyard party? No one. They’re awful down here in Nashville, I can attest to that! Now, a super easy solution. Set out a few extra glasses of water, drop in a few pennies, and ta-da! Read more about this nifty little tip on Making Lemonade’s blog!
  2. Watermelon is a must-have summer party treat, but it’s also a big messy one! Create small mini watermelon slices before your party and place them on sticks for simple, easy eating! {Photo Credit}
  3. Set up food “bar-style” and let guests create their own plates! They’ll enjoy their favorite foods and you’ll enjoy the party too rather than a hostess who has to run in and out serving dinner. It involves some prep-work ahead of time to set up the table but once guests arrive, it’s easy to sit back and enjoy! We love this taco bar on Wedding Chicks, you can even grab the free printables too!
  4. For backyard parties, lighting is key! As the sun sets, you want to maintain a festive atmosphere so use inexpensive string lights to create a glowing ambiance. Wrap them around trees, deck railings, or hang from inexpensive yard poles. {Photo Credit}
  5. Spilled drinks can mean a big mess, especially when kids are involved! No one wants the ants invited so get inexpensive cups with lids and fun straws for a clever way to keep the beverages in tact. Check out more food ideas on Oh Happy Day!
  6. Speaking of sticky fingers, what better way to keep those at bay than a Sticky Fingers Station! Use a cute tub or bucket to corral paper towels and wet wipes so guests with little ones can keep things clean! As a new mom, I can tell you that this is awesome and would definitely be needed with toddlers around! Via The Kitchn.
  7. Pull out that old radio flyer wagon and give it a new use: beverage tub! Fill with ice, pop in sodas and bottles. See more ideas here on Real Simple!

If you’re hosting an outdoor party this summer, I hope you’ll incorporate a few of these tips to make life just a bit easier and your party even more fabulous! Cheers to summer!

Surprise Giveaway: Partying with Betsywhite!

Cute party balloons for celebrations!
Best Day Ever Balloons!
Hello Little One - Balloons!

Guess what? We have a fun SURPRISE in store for you today! We’ve partnered up with the darling Betsywhite Stationery to celebrate the launch of their new “Best Day Ever”, “Hello Little One”, and “Big Heart” balloons! We’re smitten with these sweet party balloons that are oh so perfect for celebrating our little ones. I know I love to add balloon touches to baby showers, birthdays, and other … { read more }

Cute & Festive Fairy Unicorn Birthday Party

Fairy Unicorn Birthday Party
Fairy Unicorn Birthday Party
Fairy Unicorn Birthday Party

Watch out princess lovers, fairies are here! Not just fairies, friends...fairies and UNICORNS! Oh yes, let the imaginations run wild with glitter, sparkles, and colorful unicorn wishes! This festive fairy unicorn birthday party designed by Natalie of Designed Perfectly Events for her daughter's 5th birthday party is full of darling details that we just love! Some of our favorites? Fairy wings for … { read more }

9 Mardi Gras Party Ideas & Recipes

Mardi Gras Party Ideas and Recipes
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Mardi Gras is next Tuesday, y'all! How did that sneak up on us? It's time get festive and throw a fabulous Mardi Gras party. Even if it's just a game-night with friends and neighbors or a family dinner with some festive touches, these 9 Mardi Gras party ideas and recipes are sure to add a little pizzazz to your party! VIEW SLIDESHOW... … { read more }

How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party!

How to host a cookie swap party!
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How to Host a Cookie Exchange Party!

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. Thanks for supporting the brands we love! All opinions are our own. #QuakerUp #MyOatsCreation #CollectiveBias I'm all about starting new holiday traditions this year including hosting a cookie exchange party! They're a festive way to swap recipes, enjoy some tasty treats, and make lots of holiday memories! I can remember … { read more }

Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party

Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Love the black and white details and the treats that match, cute Halloween party ideas! Pizzazzerie.com
Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Love the black and white details and the treats that match, cute Halloween party ideas! Pizzazzerie.com
Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party! Love the black and white details and the treats that match, cute Halloween party ideas! Pizzazzerie.com

I'm excited to have Shauna Krantz stopping in today to share her "Tim Burton Inspired Halloween Party"! We are in love with her party details from the black and white to the amazing decorated cookies that match Tim Burton's style to a "T"! Shauna shared, "I absolutely love all things Tim Burton.  For some it may be creepy but I am totally intrigued by his unique style and amazing designs. Inspired … { read more }

{FREEBIE} Throw This Party: Soda Shop Sock Hop!

Soda Shop Sock Hop Party Ideas and Inspiration With a Free Invitation Download
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Happy Monday, friends! I'm excited that Stephanie is sharing inspiration for a Soda Shop Sock Hop! This is such a fun theme that can really be adapted to suit all ages! I love the bright colors, retro vibe, and of course - the free printable invitation down below! Don't you just love that record cake stand (#4 above)? How clever and cute is that for holding cupcakes or other treats? So cute. I … { read more }

{Party Feature} Pink Preppy Pony Party

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Yee-Haw Y'all! We're thrilled to have our friend Jenny from Bloom Designs on the blog today! Her parties are some of our absolute favorites, especially this adorable preppy pony party! Jenny shared lots of party details with us...take it away, Jenny! I am so excited to share this preppy pony party that I styled for the most adorable brother and sister. The birthday girl and boy had only … { read more }

7 Summer Soirees to Love!

7 Summer Soirees to Love!

Happy Wednesday, y'all! I'm over on eHow Home today sharing 7 of my favorite summer soirees. You'll find tips on how to recreate the look, ideas for entertaining in the backyard, and lots of inspiration for summer hostessing! With just a few weeks of summer left before school starts back, I hope my ideas inspire you to invite friends over, get outside, and enjoy a beautiful evening! Even if you're … { read more }

Treasure Hunting for Outdoor Summer Parties!

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Pier 1 Bowl and Fruit

Happy Monday, Y'all! So remember when I shared that I was designing a fabulous outdoor summer party with the help of Pier 1? I'm back to share how I found the perfect pieces to pull the party together. The "treasure hunting" experience for any of my party designs is always my favorite. Sometimes it's something as simple as a bowl of oranges that can spark an entire party style. So I hopped in the … { read more }