Become an Outdoor Entertaining Pro

Posted by Angie

Summer is upon us and from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there will be plenty of opportunities for backyard entertaining. Here are a few tips on how to make your seasonal tablescapes shine!

For summer grilling, why not forgo the paper plates and opt for some great melamine plates? Many Avenue stores like Belk and Bed Bath and Beyond carry some beautiful melamine dinnerware and melamine alternatives that look just like the real thing!

P.S. Check Old Navy for additions to your summer serving sets – they carry some great metalware pieces seasonally.


For easy tabletop decorations, try painting canning jars to match your celebration’s theme. Michaels has several sizes of canning jars and a huge selection of craft paints.

Need a quick table covering for that large outdoor table? Don’t fret. Printed bed sheets make the perfect table cloth – its a great way to transform your table in seconds!


As the season begins to wind down in a few months, the backyard entertaining doesn’t have to stop. Have a casual, cool weather picnic from the tailgate of a truck. Dick’s Sporting Goods is a great place to find thermoses that are perfect for keeping soup hot, as well as camp stools for extra seating.


And who says you can’t use your good dishes outdoors? Bring out the good stuff to add a little sparkle to your tablescape. Then gather your friends and enjoy getting outside together!


Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated. Follow these tips and tricks and your outdoor get-together, and decor, will be fun and festive.

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