Beautiful Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining With Goodwill

Beautiful Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining With Goodwill from


I love entertaining outdoors in the summertime and today I wanted to share with you some fun and frugal ways you can entertain utilizing items found at your local thrift store.

Outdoor entertaining does not need to be expensive and many of the items found at Goodwill can be repurposed into great items to have on hand for outdoor meals and entertainment for your guests.

Here are just a few beautiful summertime ideas I have gathered to help you  make the most of your outdoor space! 



Host an Outdoor Movie Night

Have you ever wanted to create your own DIY Outdoor Home Theater?

We have had this on our summer bucket list for years and last summer we decided to finally put together our very own DIY outdoor movie night with our kids!

There is something truly magical about watching a movie together under the stars and I love that you can do this right in the comfort of your very own backyard.



Update a Serving Tray With Washi Tape

One of the best arsenals in my tools for entertaining outdoors is utilizing serving trays for displaying food and bringing and taking dishes to and from our kitchen in the summer months.

If you find a tray that is lacking that sparkle you want or you want to easily coordinate a tray with your dishes, consider giving it a beautiful update with a little washi tape.

Design Improvised offers this sweet and simple tutorial for creating a beautiful display for your outdoor table.

The best part?

This DIY isn’t permanent so you can change it with your mood or tablescape.


Add Mason Jar Lights to Your Patio

Outdoor lighting can be tricky and expensive, but it doesn’t cost a lot to set the mood for your next outdoor gathering thanks to these beautiful lights in mason jars.

A Piece of Rainbow shows you how to make these beautiful outdoor lights with just wire hangers and mason jars.

What a treat for the eyes this would be!



Keep the Bugs Away

Bugs can be problematic when dining outside so it is always nice to have coverings and solutions for keeping them away.

Earnest Home Co. shows you an elegant way to keep your food covered with just simple terra cotta pots and a little rope for a handle.

Since my son just did a science project utilizing a pot, we can scientifically say that this is not only a great way to keep food covered, but it also a great way to keep your food insulated (warm or cold) while dining outside.



Dress Up Your Patio

Patio decorating doesn’t need to cost a lot and thrift stores receive many furniture donations that you could potentially use for your outdoor space.
Don’t just think of these items as one piece, but consider the parts of the furniture items for your project.
A pair of legs from one piece and a drawer from another, for example, can be painted into a brightly colored plant display that you could fill with colorful flowers or could be used as an herb garden on your patio.



Of course, keeping the bugs away from YOU is also a good idea especially when you have guests!

Consider using your slow cooker and utilize this fun tutorial I put together for making your very own DIY Citronella Candles in your slow cooker for your own outdoor entertaining or use the gift tag I have created (Thanks for letting us BUG you!) to attach for an adorable hostess gift for summer.

I hope these ideas inspire you this year!

Let me know what your proudest DIY moments are when it comes to outdoor entertaining in the comments below!


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Published June 17, 2015 by:

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