DIY Backyard Party
Father’s Day is June 21st and the perfect day to entertain in the backyard. Even if you do not have an “outdoor kitchen,” moving the party outdoors is easier than you think. Create a functional and fun space for family friends with these five simple ideas.
Create designated spaces. Rugs and easily define space and create natural boundaries. Put a rug under a large farm table or under a patio table to create the dining room. Decorate the table with bright tablecloths, cloth napkins, fresh flowers, and votive candles. A second rug can be used to create a cozy outdoor living room. Add pillows and blankets to couches, chairs, and benches to give warmth and color to the area. Simple color combinations turn an urban backyard into a tropical paradise. Think of tropical punch colors such as tangerine and fuchsia or greens and blues like the ocean. Many homes in Long beach are built close to one another or have low brick fences. Hang colorful curtains. This creates dividers as well, however it also adds instant and removable privacy.
It is important to have both a cooking and prep space. Move the grill away from the living and dining areas in order to reduce smoke. Be sure to have a prep table next to the grill. This makes it easy to handle and plate food. Decorate the table with bright colored linens, and mason jars of fresh cut flowers. A lantern can add additional lighting at night. Also, include necessary cooking utensils, spices, and serving platters.
Food and Beverage Islands
Six food tables and folding card tables are perfect and movable buffet stations. Old dressers, end tables, even wine barrels make great service areas too. Be sure to add mason jars of flowers and candles for soft lighting. Galvanized buckets make great beverage coolers. Ice chests also work great for simple beverage stations, and use wood pallets to keep coolers off the ground. Add a little paint to the pallet and it will blend in with rest of the décor. Do not forget to have bottle / wine openers on the table along with glass ware, cocktail napkins, and lots of ice. Water pitchers are great for holding juices, mixers, and of course water. Make the water interesting by adding fresh sliced citrus fruit, berries, or even cucumbers. Flavored water is very refreshing. Ace Hardware stores always has plenty of mason jars and metal buckets.
Ambiance – Set the Mood
Colorful flowers beds, lighting, and music are simple and inexpensive ways to create a party ambiance. Dress up the patio, deck, and gardens with flowers. Decorative boxes, planters, and clay pots add instant color to any space. They are easy to plant, move, and can be painted a variety of colors. Lighting is important because it enhances the way people look. Dim lights with warm amber tones helps skin look healthy and wrinkle free. String lights or paper lanterns above the table. Fabric Barn in Long Beach has inexpensive paper lanterns in every color. Lastly, music is a no brainer. If you do not have outdoor speakers, then just use a portable system. An IPhone is the perfect portable music system. Place it in a glass coffee mug and you have instant speakers.
Perfect Father’s Day Gift – A Unique Fire Pit
A wash machine tub makes the perfect fire pit. Contact any appliance store and ask if they have used washing machine tubs for sale. The best part is this gift will cost less than $50. This gift not only produces heat, but it is also great for toasting marshmallows. Place an iron frill on top and you can cook on it too.
An outdoor Father’s Day Dinner does not have to be expensive. Think repurpose, reuse, and homemade. Here is a recipe for a simple homemade BBQ sauce to start the creative process. This sauce is great on pork, chicken, and even tofu.
Homemade BBQ Sauce:
BBQ Sauce – Yields (2) cups
- 2 cups Ketchup
- ½ cup Water
- 1 Tbl Turbinado Sugar
- 1 Tbl Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tbl Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbl Spicy Brown Mustard
- 2 Tbl Orange Juice
- 1 Clove of Garlic – chopped
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Pepper
- Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and simmer for (7) minutes
- Let cool before serving
Father’s Day is about celebrating the men that help shape many lives. Show love by sharing a great homemade meal in your new outdoor dining room.
Looking for more Father’s Day inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Father’s Day board: