Host a Fun Backyard Party

Make outdoor shindigs a blast with these summery finds from HGTV Magazine .

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger and Philip Friedman for Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Phlip Friedman/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacurer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Philip Friedman/Studio D

Outdoor-Party Planning

Hosting a party in the backyard (or on a patio, porch, deck—we aren’t picky) is easier than ever with these bright ideas from HGTV Magazine's editors and experts. Drop the fuss, and have some fun.

Handheld Bites

Create your favorite combos and serve on a stick for easy eating. Bamboo Ball picks, $4.50 for a mixed set of 100, smartyhadaparty.com. Basil + mozzarella + tomato + pepperoni = Pizza. Tomato + cucumber + feta + olive = Greek Salad. Scoop of frozen whipped topping + strawberry + pound cake = Strawberry Shortcake.

Expert Idea

“Brighten up a self-serve buffet with colorful plastic flatware in terra-cotta pots.”—Genevieve Gorder, Genevieve’s Renovation. Kiwi plastic knives, forks, and spoons, $2 for a set of 24, partycity.com

Paper Napkins

(From left to right) Beach Stripe luncheon napkins, $6 for a set of 20, paperstyle.com; Lobsters luncheon napkins, $6 for a set of 20, paperstyle.com; Casablanca luncheon napkins in blue, $6 for a set of 20, casparionline.com; Bebelle luncheon napkins, $6 for a set of 20, casparionline.com

Chip and Dip Bowl

Knack 3 Whale 19"-wide melamine chip and dip bowl in aqua, $25, shophorse.com

Paper Plates

(Top to bottom) Up, Up and Away 7"-diameter dessert plates, $3 for a set of 8, birthdayexpress.com; Toot Sweet 9"-diameter dinner plates in yellow, $5 for a set of 8, merimeri.com; Bretagne 10 1/4" x 10 1/4" dinner plates in blue, $6 for a set of 8, paperstyle.com; My Little Day Triangles 9"-diameter dinner plates in green, $7.50 for a set of 8, shopsweetlulu.com; Chevron 9"-diameter dinner plates in blue, $4 for a set of 8, birthdayexpress.com; Fun Express Fiesta 9" x 9" dinner plates, $3 for a set of 8, discountpartysupplies.com

Drinks

For a party-worthy punch, add one of these mix-ins to a gallon of lemonade: 2 cucumbers sliced thin, 2 cups frozen raspberries, 4 fresh peaches pitted and cut into wedges, or 1 cup fresh mint leaves. Serve in Home Accents Summer Brights Chevron 4 1/2-quart plastic beverage dispenser, $30, belk.com.

Expert Idea

“To keep bugs from dive-bombing drinks, stick straws through the center of upside-down cupcake liners placed over your glasses.”—Sabrina Soto, The High Low Project. Glasses: Go Anywhere 12-ounce polyethylene wine/cocktail glasses, $13 for a set of 4, govino.com; Cupcake liners: Red and Turquoise Flower paper baking cups, $2 for a set of 35, sweetbakingsupply.com

Drink Bucket

Party 9"H x 16"-diameter galvanized metal tub in hot pink buoy stripe, $80, bespoke customgifts.com

Ice Cube Tray

Lickity Split silicone ice trays, $14 for a mixed set of 2, anthropologie.com

Straws

Polka Dot plastic straws, $8 for a mixed set of 24, worldmarket.com

Paper Cups

(Top to bottom, left to right) Creative Converting Cherry Gingham 9-ounce cups, $6 for a set of 8, amazon.com; Summer Lovin’ 9-ounce cups, $2 for a set of 8, partycity.com; My Little Day Triangles 9-ounce cups in daffodil yellow, $7.50 for a set of 8, shopsweetlulu.com; Bright Patterned 9-ounce cups, $4 for a set of 12, merimeri.com; Meri Meri Toot Sweet Spotty 9-ounce cups, $4 for a set of 12, store.catchmyparty.com; 10-ounce cups in red, $5 for a set of 12, sustyparty.com; 10-ounce cups in blue, $5 for a set of 12, sustyparty.com; Bright Chevron 9-ounce cups, $3.50 for a set of 18, zurchers.com

Piñata Letters

For complete instructions on how to create this easy piñata letter, click here. 12" papier-mâché letter, $5, joann.com; 81' crepe paper streamers in kiwi green, $1 each, partycity.com

Expert Idea

The easiest centerpiece ever? Dot glass votives with a gold paint pen and pop in flowers. Done!”—Taniya Nayak, HGTV Urban Oasis

Outdoor Pouf

Zig Zag Oasis 18" x 18" fabric pouf, $99, grandinroad.com

Patio Heater

Fire Sense 87"-tall propane patio heater in aqua blue, $210, wayfair.com

Citronella Candle

Paloma 12.3-ounce tin in white verbena and pear scent, $22, illumecandles.com

Tiki Torches

Blomus Orchos 18"-tall stainless steel mini torches, $85.50 for a set of 4, lumens.com

Decorate With String Lights

(Top to bottom) Flamingo 8' plastic string lights, $8.50, orientaltrading.com; Red, White & Blue Star 8' plastic string lights, $10.50, orientaltrading.com; Kurt S. Adler Frosty Pops 11 1/2' plastic string lights, $19, partyswizzle.com; River’s Edge Red Lantern 10' plastic string lights, $18, partylights.com ; Multicolor Lantern 9 1/2' metal string lights, $38.50, lunabazaar.com

Component Headline