Thanks to Bed Bath & Beyond for partnering with me on this post, and allowing me to showcase some of my favorite pieces for outdoor entertaining. If there’s one thing we do really well in our house, it will always be eating! The second thing we do really well, especially this time of year is dining outside. We absolutely love it! Over the last 2 years we’ve had quite a few people come through our front door or back gate, and I thought it would be fun to share my simple outdoor entertaining ideas for a fun party with all of you.
Of course every great party starts off with a fun menu of good food, but after that you want to make sure you have some simple outdoor entertaining ideas for a fun party to be really memorable!
1. KEEP DRINKS COLD
As I shared on my Instastories last week, I have been dreaming about this 17 inch beverage tub for many months. It is absolutely fabulous in size, style and functionality. It’s also perfect year round if you host parties or have family over often. I also think this beverage tub will be my go-to wedding gift to give as a gift. You can sit it on the kitchen counter, table or outside. Since it’s doubled walled – there is no sweating from the ice inside! It’s such a classic looking piece that is perfect for holding and keeping beverages cold.
Another one of my favorite things are these gorgeous blue Q-Squared Talavera 12-piece dishes. I am in love with the scalloped edges and of course the beautiful blue pattern. The blue pattern reminds me of ginger jars that are so timeless. You can use these dishes all year round, and they truly are a show stopper against the blue round placemats that are the perfect compliment to either casual or formal dining. I can visualize them with yellow accents (think lemons) or they would look beautiful with oranges or pumpkins for a fun Fall tablescape as well!
Probably one of the most important pieces to own when dining outdoors, is to have a set of Acrylic tumblers or glasses. My husband and I have broke many glasses outside and we have truly learned our lesson after cleaning up and searching for broken glass. These hammered glasses are perfect to hold your favorite beverage and the best news ever – they won’t shattered and break into a million pieces like glass does. They are the perfect size to hold my favorite peach iced tea!
When I set a table and use colorful dishes, I also love to use neutrals. I enjoy mixing wooden elements in my table settings whenever possible. My favorites to use are cutting boards or salad bowls. They add a fun layer and texture to a casual or formal tablescape. This footed cutting board is perfect for a mini cheese board, breads, caprese salad or anything you can think of. It’s a fun piece to own. The in-store and online shopping experience makes Bed Bath & Beyond an unexpected place to find unique, seasonal products and home décor items.
We live in the hot humid hazy South! Tennessee to be exact, and although we have beautiful days we also have days when the air is so still you can cut it with a knife! That is why adding an outdoor ceiling fan or even a stand up fan is a great idea when you have hot days. Your guests (and of course your family) will appreciate the breeze on any given day.