Hosting an outdoor dinner party on a budget

by Destin Lowery 01/15/2023

If you want to throw an outdoor dinner party without blowing your budget, you have plenty of options to consider. From DIY projects to efficient food planning, there are plenty of outdoor dinner party ideas that don’t require outrageous spending. 

Before you start planning your next outdoor event, consider trying these simple tips:

Prepare for your outdoor party

The right preparation is crucial for not blowing your budget. Buying the necessary items in advance rather than leaving them until the last minute will give you more options to choose from, prices included.

To save money on food, consider making your dinner party a potluck. If you choose to go this route, make sure you give your guests plenty of time to prepare a dish.

Repurpose an old table & chairs

Instead of spending a fortune on new outdoor furniture, consider repurposing indoor items. An old table and some mismatched chairs add charm to your backyard dinner party while also keeping you within your budget.

Do you have an old dresser or vanity gathering dust? With a quick sanding and a fresh coat of paint, either piece could make a perfect miniature buffet table or drink station for outdoor dining.

Use string lights for illumination

The best outdoor parties have excellent lighting and ambiance. The simplest and most affordable way to create beautiful outdoor lighting is with basic string lights. Install a few hooks in the wall, or hang them from a pergola for a twinkling sky effect. 

Even if you don’t have structures to hang lights, you can use them for beautiful ambiance and illumination. Create firefly lanterns with mason jars or larger glass containers and arrange them throughout the outdoor space to add some magic.

Outdoor events can be fun and affordable with the right planning. Consider your menu ideas, table setting and decor carefully to save money while throwing the best backyard dinner party possible.



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Destin Lowery

Destin Lowery is from Albertville, Alabama. She graduated from Florida State University in 1997. She is a match maker on the Emerald Coast and has continued to be a multi-million-dollar producer since she began in real estate sales in 1999. She has received multiple awards including the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is very team-oriented, loves working with people, and has also starred in multiple episodes of HGTV’s House Hunters and Where Are They Now. Through her career as a realtor, she has dedicated her time to philanthropy work.