How to Host a Backyard Dinner Party

This post is in partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely love to entertain in my backyard. We’re pretty lucky here in Southern California and have a long season where we can comfortably host a backyard dinner party without worrying about the weather. I jump at every chance to set a table outdoors and invite friends and family over for  a laid-back evening of food, wine, and good company. Are you wondering how to host a backyard dinner party? I’m sharing some of my simple tips with you!

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

Although it just might seem easier to host your group indoors, I encourage you to consider dining alfresco next time. I’ll show you how to host a backyard dinner party that is simple but feels really thought out. Here are the main steps.

  1. Purchase and gather a few outdoor entertaining essentials
  2. Stage your area by setting up the table and place settings ahead of time
  3. Layer on any flowers or other decorations
  4. Turn on a good dinner party playlist
  5. When guests arrive, pour drinks and set out food

Here’s a glimpse at our set up from the other evening. It all really starts with getting a few essentials for entertaining outdoors. Bed Bath & Beyond is a great place to head if you’re looking  for outdoor entertaining essentials like tablecloths, cups, plates, and serving pieces. I recently partnered with them to highlight some of their great finds for outdoor entertaining. Here’s a look at some of the items that set the stage for our recent dinner party.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space. 7

I just fell in love with this palm leaf tablecloth. It’s stain and water resistant which means it’s perfect for dining outdoors. It just screamed “summer” to me and knew it would make a great base for our palm leaf tablescape.

IHere's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

I wanted to mix patterns and textures to keep it interesting but not too matchy-matchy. I grabbed some melamine serving pieces  that had a wood and marble look to them. Melamine pieces are great for dining outdoors–you won’t be afraid to break them. I also layered melamine plates on square natural woven jute placemats. These brought a nice earthy feel to our outdoor table. I also love how versatile they are. We use them regularly.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

Next, I layered on some place cards, glasses, stemware, and bowls. I highlight recommend setting up everything you can ahead of time. It gives you time to enjoy setting the table without feeling rushed. You can do this hours ahead of when you expect your guests to arrive.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

About 30 minutes before guests arrive, I bring out an arrangement for the table. Flowers tend to wilt fast in the heat so I don’t bring them out too early. I always combine fresh blooms from my yard (in this case roses) with a few store-bought blooms (like the hydrangeas and greenery). A small arrangement just makes your table feel pulled together and adds such a thoughtful touch.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

About 15 minutes before guests arrive, I bring out the chilled rosé (though, rosé spritzers would have also been a great choice). I recently got this copper plated ice bucket and am mildly obsessed with it! It’s going to match everything on my bar cart and get used so often. I just love discovering unexpected and unique items like this and Bed, Bath & Beyond never disappoints on that front.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space. Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space. Speaking of cute finds, these pineapple dip bowls were the perfect vessel for our grilled pineapple salsa appetizer! When I’m entertaining outdoors, I like to keep the menu really fresh and simple. Nothing too fussy and nothing that takes too long to prepare. For this dinner party I served grilled pineapple salsa appetizers and then we enjoyed seasonal flatbread using herbs from my garden. I prefer keeping a simple menu so that I can focus on enjoying company and hanging out with them around the table.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

Here's a look at a recent backyard dinner party I hosted. I'm sharing 5 simple if you're wondering how to host a backyard dinner party in your space.

You don’t need a lot of new things (or a complicated menu) to host a dinner party in your backyard. I love to pick up a couple new items in the summer for entertaining and Bed Bath & Beyond makes refreshing your outdoor space for the summer easy.

Okay, so who’s no longer wondering how to host a backyard dinner party and is now ready to send invite guests over? I hope you are! Enjoy your summer dinner parties friends.

Sources: pink outdoor wine glasses :: copper flatware :: coral napkins :: pineapple dip bowls :: copper plated ice bucket :: woven jute placemats :: melamine serving pieces :: palm leaf tablecloth :: white melamine plates

If you’re looking for more inspiration like this palm leaf tabescape, I found this DIY palm leaf table runner and DIY these palm frond balloons that would really take this theme to the next level.

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16 Comments on How to Host a Backyard Dinner Party

    • Tori
      July 25 at 11:33 am (5 months ago)

      Thanks Chris!

      Reply
  1. Sharon Garofalow
    July 25 at 5:31 pm (5 months ago)

    Loving these colors together. OBSESSED with the melamine serve ware and the copper ice bucket!!!!! So good!

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    • Tori
      July 26 at 9:36 am (5 months ago)

      Glad you like it, Sharon. Yes, that ice bucket is pretty spectacular!

      Reply
  2. AMYBI
    July 25 at 7:11 pm (5 months ago)

    This is the perfect party!

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    • Tori
      August 17 at 8:08 am (4 months ago)

      So glad you like it :)

      Reply
  3. Amani
    July 26 at 3:56 am (5 months ago)

    Great Article.

    Reply
  4. Tori
    August 1 at 3:27 pm (4 months ago)

    Thank you!

    Reply
  5. Mary
    August 16 at 4:09 am (4 months ago)

    Lovely theme and colors! Absolutely love those pineapple dipping bowls. There’s something so magical about dining outdoors. Add some fairy lights or tiki torches, and you can enjoy a charming ambiance well into the evening! Thanks for sharing your insight and ideas!

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    • Tori
      August 17 at 8:08 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks Mary! And I agree, I love a good lighting element once the sun sets!

      Reply
  6. Amani
    August 18 at 12:26 am (4 months ago)

    I Love This Theme

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    • Tori
      August 18 at 9:22 am (4 months ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
    • Tori
      August 18 at 9:22 am (4 months ago)

      So glad you like it!

      Reply

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