Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside
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Pop-Up Backyard Dinner Party

Outdoor Party Ideas: This Pop-Up Backyard Party idea, keeping decor minimal and classy is an easy, & classy way to host your friends this Summer.  

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time to schedule those outdoor parties.  All things here on Fantabulosity, are about keeping it “simple,” affordable, and adorable.  This “Pop-Up” Outdoor Dinner Party, may just be the first event that you want to host this year.

Pop-Up Outdoor Dinner Party

Peach Place Setting! Love this! So simple and classy. Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Keeping it Simple:

Don’t go overboard with “planning.” You may just be surprised how well a tablescape comes together using the items that you already have, or that you can find, around the house.

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside Outdoor Party Ideas

Outdoor Party Ideas

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Simple Table Set-Up:

Would you believe that using two sawhorses and a table top, can be your golden ticket to creating a FABULOUS platform for a classy & rustic dinner party?
Sawhorses: IKEA
Table Stop: Custom made by Kings Creations

Two sawhorses from IKEA, with a table top and it's an instant pop up table! Love this. Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Use two sawhorses from IKEA, and put a flat table/board on top, and create a quick outdoor table! Awesome! Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Tabletop: If you’re a DIY connoisseur, you may be able to whip up a table-top like this yourself. However, although inspired & tempted, I’ll continue to leave the DIY woodworking to my friends at Kings Creations.

Two sawhorses from IKEA, with a table top and it's an instant pop up table! Love this. Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Two sawhorses from IKEA, with a table top and it's an instant pop up table! Love this. Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Time of Day:

Hosting your outdoor dinner party at sunset, not only makes for BEAUTIFUL pictures, but cooler weather, and FABULOUS lighting ambiance.

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Table Details

Cheese Board: A simple, yet CLASSY cheese board, can act as a serving tray for cheeses, fruits, crackers, and pita bread… but can also double as a decorative piece on your dinner table. Buy this one here: Marble & Wood Cheese Board

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Beverages:

Try keeping the beverage selection, minimal.  This won’t crowd the table, and guests won’t feel overwhelmed with a ton of drink choices.  But, taking every day beverages, and serving them in easy to handle and “clear,” serving carafes, can make the beverages look elegant, and easy to recognize.

Shop wine carafes here: Williams-Sonoma Wine Carafes

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Drink Garnishes:

Adding colorful garnishes to water, can not only enhance the flavor, but can also service as a decorative detail for the table! Shop pitchers, here: Williams-Sonoma Pitchers

Lemons in water, in a carafe. LOVE this look. Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Fun oils/vinegars are especially fun to serve with bread.  Easy to handle, snack on, and absolutely “classy.”

Buy: Williams-Sonoma House Olive Oil
Buy: Williams-Sonoma House Balsamic Vinegar

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Place Setting:

Adding a pop of color to clean/white plates is an adorable way to add decor to your dinner table.  Throwing a Summer party?  Use seasonal fruit as the place setting. Keeping things neutral? Add fresh herbs such as chives, rosemary, or dill, for a “greenery,” approach.

White Dinnerware:

Williams-Sonoma offers a more affordable dinnerware line, and it completely fits my budget, when it comes to entertaining.

Shop the affordable, white dinnerware here: Open Kitchen

Fabric Napkins: 

Breaking up the “white on white,” of a dinner plate and a salad plate, can easily be done with a fabric napkin.  Have fun, using a patterned napkin, or keep it fairly neutral by using a solid color.

Shop Fabric Napkins here: Linen Double Hemstitch Napkins

Peach Table Setting! So easy and classy! Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Table Runner:

To prevent serve ware from disappearing and blending in on your table, add a fabric table runner to break-up the color blending.  Using a table runner with minimal detail can really enhance the look, without distracting eyes from the focal points of the table.

Shop this table runner here: Linen Double Hemstitch Table Runner

Layer long stems of greenery on top of a light colored table runner, and you have an easy, pop of color for a centerpiece. Splurge and visit your local florist for a few sprigs if possible, for an impressive touch!

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

Pop Up Backyard Dinner Party: Entertaining Ideas, classy, easy simple, quick, fun, outside. Outdoor Party Ideas

I’m SO thankful that you came to visit! If you love entertaining and hosting parties, then you won’t want to leave without browsing the other parties that I have designed, here!

Then of course, don’t forget to download your free party planning checklist, that I use to style and plan ALL of my parties.  Forgetting one detail can throw a kink in your party plans.  Use the checklist to help prevent forgetfulness!

Download FREE Party Planning Checklist Here!

Jessica Burgess, Fantabulosity Blog

Vendor Credits:

Party Styling: Fantabulosity

Table Construction: Kings Creations

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6 thoughts on “Pop-Up Backyard Dinner Party

  1. It turned out gorgeous!! Love the simple yet elegant setting and floral as well as the clean, fresh table setting. Can’t wait to host my own. Thanks Jessica!

    1. Jessica says:

      You’re so sweet Chandice. Thank you so much!!!

  2. Patti J. says:

    Wow! Beautifully done! LOVE that table top! Kings Creations does some amazing work.

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you! Yes they do!! It turned out fabulous!!!!

  3. Laura says:

    I just love this!!! Do you take all your own photos? Your pictures are always so beautiful!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you Laura! I do! You’re so sweet, thank you! XOXO

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