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17 Brilliant Backyard Entertaining Hacks

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If you love to entertain outside, be sure to check out these 17 brilliant backyard entertaining hacks!

From Mason jar luminaries to DIY yard Yahtzee, to a clever drink and snack storage station, to a make-it-yourself lemon and clove bug deterrent, these ideas will have you celebrating in your backyard all spring and summer long!

17 Brilliant hacks for backyard entertainment from Spaceships and Laser Beams.


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These DIY summer Mason jar luminaries are perfect for long summer evenings.

1. Mason Jar Luminaries/Bug Repellent :: A Little CLAIREification

These Mason jar luminaries act as a decoration, but they are also a bug repellent, which is great for summer barbecues outdoors.

Keep your salads free of bugs with these jars.

2. Bug-Free Salads :: Cookie Mondays

Keeping your salads in glass jars will keep them bug-free, plus they’ll keep for longer. We love this backyard entertaining hack because the jars look gorgeous too!

Use cupcake liners to keep bugs out of your drinks.

3. Cupcake Liner Drink Covers :: Mom 4 Real

This is a great, cheap and easy way to keep bugs the heck away from your drink! This is a great summer party hack, as you can customize the liners to fit your theme and color scheme.

Giant Jenga is a great outdoor summer game for everyone.

4. Giant Jenga Game :: A Beautiful Mess

This giant Jenga game is looks like so much fun! It’s really easy to put together yourself, and it’s a great backyard entertaining hack that’s fun for all ages.

Tabletop S'mores Cookers using terra cotta pots

5. Terra Cotta Tabletop S’more Cookers :: Smart School House

This is a super easy way to bring some delicious fun to your table this summer. Just fill a foil-lined terracotta pot with charcoal, light it up and toast to your heart’s content.

Use lemon and cloves to keep bugs away.

6. Lemon & Clove Bug Deterrent :: A Subtle Revelry

This lemon and clove bug deterrent is a super simple and natural way to keep bugs at bay! The scent of lemons and cloves will keep the pests off your food.

DIY String lights for summer nights

7. Outdoor String Lights Hack :: Bright July

This is a great DIY backyard entertaining hack, and it will seriously brighten up your summer. It’s really pretty simple once you’ve read the instructions, and is easy to move, so great if you’re wanting to personalize a rental.

DIY Paint Can Lights

8. DIY Paint Can Lights :: Lowes

These DIY paint can lights are a great way to get your upcycle on — choose whatever patterns and designs suit you and your theme!

DIY Yard Yahtzee

9. DIY Yard Yahtzee :: The Pinning Mama

This DIY yard yahtzee will take you $5 to DIY. Five. Dollars. That’s it! (Assuming you have the paint already — you don’t need much.)

DIY personalized cups

10. Personalized Cups :: Alpha Mom

This is one of our favorite backyard entertaining hacks, as these personalized cups are cheap, easy and fun. This is a great way to make your guests feel special, and prevent arguments from breaking out between the kids.

Build Your Own Curved Fire Pit Bench

11. Build Your Own Curved Fire Pit Bench :: A Beautiful Mess

This is a little more work than our last backyard hack, but it’s pretty simple if you know your way around a toolbox. A curved fire pit bench feels cozy, and you can dress it up in whatever way you’d like.

DIY One Hour Fire Pit

12. DIY One Hour Fire Pit :: The Shabby Creek Cottage

This is probably the quickest way to give your backyard a major upgrade. Once you have all the materials, this DIY one-hour fire pit will be done within 60 minutes. Crazy, right? Summer, you just got hacked!

Easy, collapsable DIY outdoor movie screen

13. DIY Outdoor Movie Screen :: The Shabby Creek Cottage

What is better for summer entertaining than this DIY Outdoor Movie Screen? A DIY outdoor movie screen that folds up for easy storage. And if you’re smart like the good folks from The Shabby Creek Cottage, you’ll hack this backyard entertaining hack a little further and be watching movies from the pool. Amazing!

DIY outdoor beverage station

14. DIY Outdoor Beverage Station :: Lil’ Luna

This might take a little more time to put together, but it’s oh, so worth it! This DIY Outdoor Beverage Station is perfect for barbecues, kids’ birthday parties, and pretty much anything and everything in between!

Upcycled DIY Beverage Station

15. DIY Beverage Station :: Our Southern Home

This is a great way to store your snacks and drinks, especially if you’re going to be having a long day of backyard entertaining.

DIY flamingo ring toss game

16. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Game :: Sugar and Cloth

This DIY Flamingo ring toss game doubles up as a decoration. It’s fun for all ages, and great to look at, bringing a bright pop of color to your backyard.

DIY Outdoor Pallet Sofa

17. DIY Outdoor Pallet Sofa :: Jenna Burger

This DIY outdoor pallet sofa is another great way to upcycle, this time using pallets. Just get 4 pallets, and you’re well on your way to getting some great new outdoor furniture.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.