Dozens of Fun Outdoor Party Ideas

Festive table decorations, summery string lights, super-cute cups, and more ideas from HGTV Magazine . Your backyard bash has never looked so good!

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Photo By: Bottom left: Philip Friedman/Studio D; others: Courtesy of the manufacturers

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Jeff Harris/Studio D (food styling by Michelle Gatton)

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Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Jeff Harris/Studio D (food styling by Michelle Gatton)

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DIY Paper Napkin Pinwheels

"These decorations look so cute hanging from tree branches. To make them, accordion-fold paper napkins, staple them in the middle, and cut the ends into points. Then unfold each napkin and glue the ends together.”—Christina El Moussa, Flip or Flop. For a step-by-step how-to, go to hgtv.com/paper-napkin-pinwheels. Bold Stripes luncheon napkins in light aqua, red, and yellow, $6.50 for a set of 20, polka-dot-market.com

Melamine Tray

Certified International Barcelona 12" x 19" tray, $20, parkandmain.com

Shatterproof Glasses

Left to right, top to bottom: Silicone stemless wine glasses in sky blue, $20 for a set of 2, siliconezone.com; Le Cadeaux Milano polycarbonate wine glass in yellow, $9.50, touchofeurope.net; Neon Hurricane plastic daiquiri cups, $18 for a mixed set of 12, orientaltrading.com; Prodyne acrylic martini glass in green, $4.50, clearlyacrylic.com

Dipped Votives

"Make glass votive holders from the dollar store look pricey by dunking the bottom of each one in latex paint. Easy upgrade!"—Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Smart Home 2015. Paint: Gala Pink, Daring, and Decisive Yellow, all by Sherwin-Williams

Cocktail Tables

School of Fish metal tables, $199 for a mixed set of 5 in varying heights, atwestend.com

Lantern, Flower, and Nautical Lights

Top to bottom: Oil Lanterns 10'-long string lights, $40, joann.com; Hibiscus 11'-long string lights, $10, partycity.com; Japanese Float 8 1/2'-long string lights, $36 for a mixed set of 2, partylights.com

Serving Bowl

Martha Stewart Collection Striped 11 1/2"-diameter melamine bowl, $25, macys.com

Floor Pillows

Mozaic Company Stella 28" x 28" polyester-blend outdoor floor pillows in stripe aqua, chevron yellow, and dossett orange, $37 each, wayfair.com

Retro Ice Cream Float

Try a twist on a classic Creamsicle by topping scoops of vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet with chilled cream soda (Food Network Magazine recipe).

Mini Grill

Vacances 10 3/4"H x 14 3/4"-diameter mini charcoal grill in turquoise, $90, modcloth.com

Planted Place Cards

"For a guest-pleasing place card and party favor in one, divvy up blooms—like these baby begonias—in tiny terra-cotta pots, then label wood plant markers with each person’s name.”—Chris Lambton, Yard Crashers

Citronella Torch

36"-tall bamboo torch in pink, $4, centurynovelty.com

Cute Paper Cups

Top to bottom: Diamond Ikat cups, $2 for a set of 8, partypail.com; Western cups, $2 for a set of 8, orientaltrading.com; Sunny Chairs cups, $1.50 for a set of 8, shindigz.com; Day in Paradise cups, $4 for a set of 8, partycity.com

Plates That Won't Break

Left to right, top to bottom: Elsa Medallion 9"-diameter melamine plates, $26 for a mixed set of 4, potterybarn.com; Crawfish 9"-diameter paper plates, $2.50 for a set of 8, shindigz.com; Quatrefoil 9"-diameter paper plates in fresh lime, $4 for a set of 8, birthdayexpress.com; Dansk The Burbs 11"-diameter melamine plate in sunflower, $13.50, bloomingdales.com; School of Fish 9" x 9" melamine plate, $5, crateandbarrel.com; Talking Tables Garden Fiesta 8 1/2"-diameter paper plates, $10 for a set of 12, shopterrain.com; Almira melamine dinnerware (salad plate shown), $20 for a set of 4 place settings, gibsonusa.com for stores; 7"-diameter paper plates in turquoise, $4 for a set of 10, hm.com

Personalized Favors

"Kids will get a kick out of colorful flying discs. And adults always think the custom sticker is a fun touch.”—Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper. For a template to customize your own stickers, go to hgtv.com/party-favors. 10 3/4"-diameter Daredevil Discs in light blue, orange, and yellow, $11 each, discstore.com; White Gloss Inkjet 7"-diameter circle labels, $12.50 for a set of 10, onlinelabels.com

Paper Party Napkins

Left to right, top to bottom: Caspari Bounce luncheon napkins in blue, $6 for a set of 20, paperstyle.com; Rosanne Beck Rose Garden cocktail napkins, $6 for a set of 20, emersonsloan.com; Tag Picnic Ants luncheon napkins, $7 for a set of 20, modernlola.com; Caspari Regatta luncheon napkins, $6 for a set of 20, paperstyle.com

Plates That Won't Break

Left to right, top to bottom: Trendy Birds melamine dinnerware (salad plate shown), $20 for a set of 4 place settings, gibsonusa.com for stores; Toot Sweet Ombré 9"-diameter paper plates, $6 for a set of 8, merimeri.com; Certified International Mediterranean 11"-diameter melamine plates, $37 for a set of 6, bedbathandbeyond.com; Shindigz Whimsical Ocean Waves 9"-diameter paper plate, $2, zazzle.com; Salut 11"-diameter melamine plate, $16, katespade.com; Thomas Paul Ranchero 11"-diameter melamine plates, $44 for a mixed set of 4, allmodern.com; Hibiscus 9"-diameter paper plates, $3 for a set of 8, orientaltrading.com; Rice DK Two Tone 8"-diameter melamine plate in hen, $15.50, huset-shop.com

Drink Dispenser

Fiesta 2-gallon glass and ceramic beverage dispenser in turquoise, $180, homerlaughlin.com

Paper Straws

Chevron paper straws, $4 for a mixed set of 20, shopsweetlulu.com

Mini Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are crowd-pleasers—but they don’t need to be the main course. Serve mini dogs instead. Heat up cocktail franks and nestle them inside warm dinner rolls. Top them with spicy mustard or ketchup. (Food Network Magazine recipe)

Cocktail, Pineapple, and Palm Tree Lights

Margarita 10'-long string lights, $15, partycity.com; Kurt S. Adler Pineapple 11'-long string lights, $18, oogalights.com; Palm Tree 8'-long string lights, $10, partycity.com

Wireless Speaker

Jam Party 7 1/2"W x 2 1/2"D x 2 3/4"H bluetooth boom box speaker in watermelon, $100, jamaudio.com

Plates That Won't Break

Left to right, top to bottom: French Bull Bindi 8"-diameter melamine plate, $8, casa.com; Mudhut Marika 10 1/2"-diameter melamine dinner plates, $15 for a mixed set of 4, target.com; Mesa 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" paper plates, $6.50 for a set of 8, designdesign.us; Toot Sweet Bows 9"-diameter paper plates, $6 for a set of 8, merimeri.com; Shindigz Tiles 9"-diameter paper plate, $2, zazzle.com; Watercolor Gingham 10 1/4"-diameter melamine plates, $27 for a set of 4, papersource.com; Chevron Scalloped Edge 10"-diameter paper plates in lilac, $3.50 for a set of 8, orientaltrading.com; Blue/Yellow 10 1/2"-diameter melamine plate, $1.50, target.com

Plastic Utensils

Glitterville Pretty plastic flatware in peachy, $3 for a 3-piece place setting, shopsweetlulu.com

Wheelbarrow Cooler

"Let your wheelbarrow have some off-duty fun. Fill it with ice, then stock it with drinks. The best part? You can roll it wherever the party goes."—Chip Wade, Elbow Room. True Temper 4-cubic-foot wheelbarrow, $35, homedepot.com

Plates That Won't Break

Left to right, top to bottom: Floral Splash 10 1/2"-diameter paper plates, $3 for set of 8, partycity.com; Grasslands Road Let’s Eat 10 1/2"-diameter melamine plates, $32 for a set of 4, amazon.com; Meri Meri Nautical 9"-diameter paper plates, $5 for a set of 12, westelm.com; Cheeky Scalloped Stripe 9"-diameter paper plates in blue, $3 for a set of 44, target.com

Spiced Buttered Corn

To make the jalapeño-cilantro butter, combine 1 stick softened butter, 2 chopped seeded jalapeño peppers (1 red, 1 green), 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeño and 1 tablespoon brine from the jar, and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Spread on corn on the cob. (Food Network Magazine recipe)

Food Cover

Carnival Brights 14 1/2"-diameter nylon and steel mesh food cover, $13, pier1.com