26 Ways to Make Any Outdoor Get-Together Totally Epic

Lots of fun stuff and tasty eats from HGTV Magazine to host your outdoor palooza. Just add friends!

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May 20, 2019

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Recipe: Iced Tea Spiked (or not!)

Everyone will love this drink.

Here's how:

  • 1. Make the simple syrup: Bring 1 cup each sugar and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar; let cool. Meanwhile, steep 8 black tea bags in a pitcher with 4 cups hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add 3 cups cold water.
  • 2. For spiked tea: Add the simple syrup and 3/4 cup citrus vodka.
  • 3. For alcohol-free tea: Add the simple syrup to taste. Chill, then serve over ice with lemon slices.

Lime Patio Cooler

Keeps cans and bottles cold and rolls anywhere. (Permasteel 80-quart powder-coated-steel cooler in lime)

Buy It: Overstock, $152

Sustainable Cutlery

Tropical Fiesta birch cutlery

Buy It: Talking Tables, $12 (for a mixed set of 18)

Lobster Platter

These platters couldn't be cuter! (Lobster Bake 18"-diameter polycarbonate tray)

Buy It: Rock Flower Paper, $49

Citrus Platter

Kate Spade New York Citrus Twist 14" x 19-3/4" melamine tray

Buy It: Lifeguard Press, $40

Colorful Platter

Caprice 14"-diameter melamine platter in mod medallions

Buy It: Crate and Barrel, $20

Giant Jumbling Tower

Click ahead for some games people will actually play! (Giant Malibu 4-3/4"W x 4-3/4"D x 20-1/4"H wood jumbling tower)

Buy It: Sunny Life, $45

Navy Cornhole Patterns

Colors_and_Patterns Plus Sign 24" x 48" wood cornhole set in navy blue

Buy It: Zazzle, $207

Leaf Bottle Opener

These bar extras are sure to get smiles. (Monstera Leaf silicone and stainless steel bottle opener)

Buy It: Sunny Life, $12

Fish Corkscrew

Gillbert Fish stainless steel corkscrew in ombre

Buy It: True Brands, $15

Recipe: Burgers with Green Tomato Salsa

Finally! A not-the-same-old-BBQ recipe (a Food Network Magazine fave).

Here's how:

  • 1. Make the salsa: Combine 2 diced green tomatoes, the juice of 2 limes, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 2 minutes, then stir in 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, 1/2 small diced red onion and 1 finely chopped seeded red jalapeño. Preheat a grill to medium high and oil the grates.
  • 2. Form 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef into 4 patties; season with salt and pepper.
  • 3. Grill the patties about 4 minutes per side for medium rare.
  • 4. Sandwich each burger on a bun with guacamole and the salsa.

Napkin + Plate Combo 1: Gingham + Lemons

Neon Rose Gingham paper dinner plates. We paired ours with Lemon paper luncheon napkins.

BUY IT: Meri Meri, $7 (for a set of 20)

Buy It: Oh Happy Day, $7 (for a set of 8)

Napkin + Plate Combo 2: Stripes + Floral

Party Girl Stripe paper dessert plates. We paired ours with Marimekko Elakoon Elama paper cocktail napkins.

BUY IT: Celebrate the Home, $5 (for a set of 20)

Buy It: Slant Collections, $6 (for a set of 8)

Napkin + Plate Combo 3: Geometric + Nautical

Navy Pattern paper dessert plates. We paired ours with nautical cocktail napkins.

BUY IT: Caspari, $5 for a set of 20

Buy It: Etsy: OhSoFancyParty, $6 (for a set of 12)

Napkin + Plate Combo 4: Tropical + Leafy

Pink Tropical paper dinner plates. We paired ours with Talking Tables Fancy Frond paper cocktail napkins.

BUY IT: Shop Sweet Lulu, $6 (for a set of 20)

Buy It: Meri Meri, $7 (for a set of 12)

Napkin + Plate Combo 5: Pastels + Prints

Desert Rose Colorblock paper dinner plates. We paired out with Hello Summer paper cocktail napkins.

BUY IT: Slant Collections, $6 (for a set of 20)

Buy It: Harlow and Grey, $8 (for a set of 8)

Recipe: Ombre Ice Cream Stacks

Here, we have another Food Network Magazine favorite. It's impressive and easy!

Here's How:

  • 1. Fold 1/4 cup whipped cream into 1/2 cup softened vanilla ice cream.
  • 2. Do the same with strawberry ice cream and with black raspberry ice cream in different bowls. Freeze until firm.
  • 3. Sandwich layers of each flavor between chocolate wafer cookies to form a stack. Makes six stacks.

Flamingo Drink Dispenser

Any lemonade looks fancy in here. (Flamingo 1.8-gallon glass and metal drink dispenser)

Buy It: Z Gallerie, $112

The Prettiest Salad Servers

Rio Medallion melamine salad server set

Buy It: Kirkland's, $20

Yellow Chair

And if you need more seats... (Dot polypropylene chair in sun yellow)

Buy It: Article, $69

Woven Stool

27-3/4"-tall plastic and iron stool

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $59

Wicker Ottoman

Tangier 12"H x 19-1/2"-diameter resin ottoman in white

Buy It: Plow and Hearth, $100

Bamboo Chair

Phat Tommy bamboo and polyester chairs in powder blue

Buy It: Hayneedle, $173 (for a set of 2)

Solar Metal Lantern

These bright finds will lighten it up when it gets dark. (10"-tall metal solar lantern in blue)

Buy It: At Home (for stores), $25

Solar Lantern

Soji Prints Celestial Stripe 12"-diameter nylon solar lantern

Buy It: All Soap Garden, $30

Colorful String Lights

Tear Drop 8-1/2'-long string lights

Buy It: Ooga Lights, $17

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