i should be mopping the floor: Easy Backyard Bash Ideas

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Backyard Bash Ideas

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Hosting outdoor parties doesn't have to be stressful. Here are some Easy Backyard Bash Ideas to make your next backyard bash a breeze. #BackyardBash #CollectiveBias

Around these parts, having a party that centers around the {unofficial} state drink of Texas is not uncommon at all. Because in Texas, we're all Peppers. There's not many refrigerators without a spot for Dr. Pepper in Texas. It's our thang, y'all.

Check out some fun ideas below to create your own backyard bash...
and they're all stress-free and simple to put together.

I wanted to create some vintage-style decor, not only for a backyard bash, but something that would be a part of our patio on a regular basis. I grabbed a thrift store side table {they threw the dust in for free} and gave it an upcycle. We cut out a hole on top to fit a metal bucket. The bucket is easy to remove and fill with ice and Dr Pepper. I also like that it has the bottom shelf for extra sodas when the bucket is running low.  

 I also ran to our Walmart for some party staples: Dr Pepper! 
We also grabbed some Cheez-It crackers and a Coleman cooler to use for our fun.

Other prep work included hanging a drop cloth on our fence so we could watch an outdoor movie that night. We used two loop-style screws and mirror wire strung between them. Then we just draped the drop cloth over the wire. And hey, we're not fancy. No ironing here. The wrinkles kind of fell out over the course of the day...at least that's what I kept telling myself. 

I also made an addictive little snack for everyone with Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers. 
Click here to view and/or print the recipe for this easy {& yummy} snack.

Serving it, alongside regular Cheez-Its, in lidded jars keeps the flies away.
I also set out bags with a scoop so party-goers can help themselves. 
Snacks like these are perfect for portability. 

The star of the shindig was the float station.
We don't always have to have a five-course meal at get-togethers. Keeping things simple makes me more likely to have people over a lot more often. Having a later evening shindig {as in, post-dinner}, means guests can come over and have some snacks and fun without the hostess having to work over the stove all day long. 

We had lots of fun flavor options for our floats, too.
The limited edition Vanilla Float flavor was a big hit! 

Filling glasses with ice cream and sticking them in the freezer several hours before the party keeps things easy {and less messy} during the actual bash. I learned this little trick from Lisa at The Pennington Point. She shared this in her post about their graduation party.

And doesn't my little thrift store upcycled side table look so fun under this drinks sign? I made it at the last minute and cut it into an arrow. Because I just love all things arrow right now. And hey, it points the way to the fun, right? 

A little something for everyone. 

We recently hung a porch swing on the patio. 
It was the perfect place to sip floats and visit with friends. 

While we were at Walmart, we also grabbed a Coleman cooler. Since we had an additional seating area by the movie screen, this was perfect for that spot. I love that this cooler had drink holes in the top. It acted as a little snack/drink spot, too.  

As the sun started to set, we turned on the projector for a great time! Don't forget to check out Dr Pepper's Tumblr page here for more #BackyardBash ideas.

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