5 Must-Haves for Hosting the Ultimate Backyard Dinner Party

Congrats mamas! School’s out, and it is finally summertime. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but summer is one of my favorite times of the year because I get to spend more time with all of my family and friends. One thing that’s always on my summer to-do list is hosting a kid-friendly backyard dinner party. Whether it be just a casual BBQ, outdoor movie night, or chitchatting around a fire pit, a backyard celebration is the epitome of my summer.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next backyard party, I’ve got a slew of great tips and entertaining must-haves to help make your next event a success.


Must-Have: String Lights


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Not only are strings of lights perfect for when it gets dark outside, but they add such a comforting vibe to a summer night. I get mine at Pottery Barn! They have so many different styles and sizes. 

Must Have: A Cozy Seating Area 


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This fiesta inspired outdoor party has all the right vibes. In order to keep your guests comfortable, make sure to set up a seating area. Add some colorful and patterned accent pillows to spice up your summer decor. I love this Aztec pillow from Lulu & Georgia.

Must Have: Warm Blankets 


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Although summer days are often too hot, summer nights can get a little chilly! I love laying cute blankets from West Elm either over outdoor chairs or couches to keep my guests warm. 

Must Have: Appetizer Trays 


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I’m not going to lie; at any party, I always go straight to the appetizers. I love my white platter from Williams-Sonoma. It has handles, which makes it easy to serve to your guests outside!

Must Have: Fire and S’mores Station


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Sitting around the fire pit, making s’mores. Who could ask for anything more?! I promise if you have a s’mores station at your next dinner party, EVERYONE will be happy! 

Happy summer! 

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