Finally, it’s time for gorgeous and beautiful outdoors. You’re excited about hosting elegant and romantic dinner parties at home but don’t know where to start.

Moreover, you’ve read tons of articles online, watched youtube videos but don’t have the budget to bring your project in life. Welcome to life. You simply experience what most homeowners face during summer days.

But it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. With some clever ideas and a tiny budget, you can create an oasis for your next outdoor dinner party.

This post is exactly what you are looking for. The following guide will give you tips for awesome party themes, decorations ideas or furnishings.

We are going to talk about:

  • Preparation stage.
  • Inexpensive tips and Ideas for your outdoor dinner party.

First thing to first, determine what you need. Your desire to entertain should never be compromised by an unplanned event. Hosting an outdoor dinner party which is fun, attractive, filled with drinks is never easy as throwing an indoor party.  If you want your outdoor looks splendid, the following preparation guide will help you get there with minimum stress. This is what needs to be done.

  • Choose a theme thoughtfully: The first thing to decide on when planning a party is a theme. You don’t have to be the best event coordinator in the city to come up with fabulous ideas. Do it for fun, think about what you love. One of the biggest mistakes most homeowners make is trying to throw a party that guests will remember FOR YEARS! Well, that’s not a bad idea. But remember that a theme reflects who you’re are, how unique or original your party should look like. You can decide between a game party, an outdoor moving party or a cocktail party. Check Pinterest for visual inspiration. However, if you’re not comfortable with that idea then cancel a theme.
  • Prepare an invitation: It’s obvious that you don’t need to write an invitation if there’s no theme. But if you do, then write something that’s fun and festive.  An invitation should include some important details like the name of the host, the location, the date or the purpose of the event (birthday party, casual dinner, etc).  Always send an invitation in advance (from 8-2 weeks).

Prepare an invitation
Image Source: Google Image

  • Where to buy inexpensive items: especially If you don’t have the budget.  There’re different options to look at. Discount stores, bazaars or online retailers like Amazon. Another way to keep prices down is to look at stores at the end of the season. Online retailers are great places to find several deals and buy quickly, cheap and faster. However, the products may be of low-quality or need repair.

Where to buy inexpensive items

Image Source: Google Image

  • Clean the place: You want your guests to feel welcome. Then it’s essential to put some efforts into preparing for their arrival. It feels great to have a clean and nice outdoor when you’ve got guests coming. You can opt for a big cleaning if you have time.

Clean the place
Image Source: Google Image

  • Make some installations: Put some lighting in your outdoor. You won’t leave your guests in the dark. A dinner party especially when held in a garden should create an appealing ambiance.  Consider plugging in some fans, as they repel mosquitoes and keep them away. If you want to try something different, a mosquito repellent gadget is a way to go.

Make some installations

Image Source: Google Image

    • Entertainment: Entertaining guests can be a challenging and stressful project. However, if you want to break the iceberg, consider holding activities that will keep your guests entertained. You can set out some games like the classic True or dare. Another way to keep your guests in their seats having a great time is to hire humourists.

Image Source: Google Image


Here we are. Follow our tips and ideas to impress your guests without ruining your budget:

    • Minimize your expenses in decoration items: You can buy decorations during the off season. This is particularly true if you plan your party for several weeks in advance. Another possibility is to recycle or reuse old outdoor decorations. They can add some accent theme if well adjusted. Friends and family can be a great help too. You can buy or borrow some decorations from them. Just remember to bring them back. These are some low-cost decoration items:Minimize your expenses in decoration items
      Image Source: Google Image

– Fabrics and decorative paper: There are many cheap fabrics. Decorative papers, on the other hand, are more expensive but you can get a discount when you buy in bulk.

– Ballons.

-Centerpieces: You can create stylish decor with disposables. When mixed up with flowers it wow your attendees.

-Party blowers.

-Freshly cut flowers.


-Paper lanterns.

  • Use indoor furniture: Some indoor furniture can be used outside. With a little work and some creative searching, you can have an outdoor dinner party with all the comfort of the indoors. You can convert a dresser as a beverage station for your guests outside. Another possibility is to use an indoor table for outdoor activities.  The idea is to keep your guests comfortable.

Use indoor furniture
Image Source: Google Image

  • Buy cheap or old outdoor furniture: For those who love going outside and buying old stuff, this is a huge opportunity. There are tons of articles sold by homeowners all the time. You can find outdoor furniture, add some paint to give them a second life. You can even hire a professional if you don’t have time or don’t know exactly what to achieve. Videos, blog posts or magazines will definitively open mind.

Buy cheap or old outdoor furniture
Image Source: Google Image

  • Do the playlist: Or ask a friend or family member to do the work. You don’t have to hire an artist to reflect the tone of the dinner party. Just select some tunes that will create an inviting dining atmosphere and energized ambiance. The playlist is set up for Six hours maximum.

Do the playlist
Image Source: Google Image

  • Keep the menu simple: Salads or fresh fruits can satisfy the guests. You can also opt for a beautiful arrangement for the food. This is a nice gesture for your attendees.  Alternatively, Grilling and barbecues help to stay friendly and welcoming all night.

Keep the menu simple
Image Source: Google Image

About Suzanne Patricia

Suzanne Patricia Likeng is the author of tccelectricalcontent, a blog that’s dedicated to home improvement and IT lovers. She loves spending time with dogs and family. This is her linkedin profile: linkedin

View all posts by Suzanne Patricia →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.