17 Brilliant Backyard Entertaining Hacks
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!
- Summer time is meant to be enjoyed outside and this Outdoor Movie Night is the perfect way to do it.
- Don’t miss this list of 15 Very Clever Outdoor Toy Storage Ideas to keep your outside space organized.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Check out these great products gathered by the team at Spaceships and Laser Beams that will help make your backyard entertaining more enjoyable…
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- Popsicle Molds
- Hard Bottom Cooler
- Electric Ice Cream Maker
- Roll-Up Blanket
- All Weather Umbrella
- Color Croquet Playset
- Indoor S’mores Maker
Check out more great ideas for outdoor fun.
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