Tips for staying on budget and creating a welcoming outdoor space is our topic today. In partnership with Better Homes and Gardens from Walmart I will be sharing ideas for creating a cozy area for entertaining.
Outdoor Entertaining: Easy and Affordable
To stay on budget, I mix and match my serving pieces from year to year. Galvanized metal is my all time favorite, this season I added the square metal drink dispenser and lift, which can double as an ice bucket.
This potting bench that we built a couple months ago is perfect as a serving area. I’m using it for drink service today but you could easily serve food here, use it as a mini buffet.
Serve ware: Go casual
I already had the galvanized chargers, they work great with the new pieces.
I added crushed ice and placed the watermelon in the round bucket for cool keeping. When it’s not holding watermelon you can flip it and use it to lift the drink dispenser or use as a server.
Tip: For the table, I draped a large scarf down the center, it was purchased at Walmart.
Decorate your space just like you would if it were inside:
Tip: Use outdoor tablecloths as curtains. They add color and they’re are so affordable!
The *Better Homes and Gardens striped tablecloths, aka outdoor curtains are so colorful and pretty. Red, orange, green, yellow and several shades blue. They bring all the colors from the patio together. I love how it coordinates with all the things that I already owned and they look great with the new stuff too.
I layered the top of this table with weathered wood, added a candle in the BHG Ceramic lantern and popped a plant in to an old minnow bucket. No need to worry about the elements, nothing our here is precious and has weathered a lot of pollen and a little rain.
This is where you can find most afternoons!
The whole family loves relaxing on the patio.
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84 thoughts on “Outdoor Entertaining: Easy and Affordable”
Fabulous! I would spend my day on the patio. Plenty of shade (I’m ultra-fair) and comfortable seating in the sun to soak up Vitamin D. It’s a work of art, Debbie. Thanks for sparking a fire in me.
My favorite thing is … THE WATERMELON!
You did a fabulous job Debbie! I would be spending all of my time in this area and never get a thing done if I lived there!
I love Walmart’s Better Homes and Gardens home decor. Everything is so pretty!
I love the blue and white bowls.
My favorite BHG items at Walmart is their home decor. I especially love the Better Homes and Gardens 3-Piece Mirror Set. 🙂
I loved your space! It’s so inspiring! but you wrote nothing about the beautiful poster hanging behind the drink service table. I’m really curious about it
Thanks Maria, the poster is a canvas poster from Ikea. I love bringing stuff from inside the house to the outside!
I am lovin’ those galvanized items Debbie!! May need a few for my summer entertaining!! Thanks for sharing.
This looks just beautiful, I’d be out there every chance I could get!
I love all of it. Beautifully styled, I have the same colors in our backyard that’s my current makeover project. My favorite item from Walmart BHG is the ceramic cookie owl jar, the owl gravy boat and the salt and pepper shakers. I am excited to share my backyard makeover! 🙂
I have bought the oval galvanized trays already but I need the other items to add to it…..bring on the gift card!!!
I want my outdoor space to look like yours. I love the BH&G pillows at Walmart. I have them in almost every room.
That looks so great! I’d love to have an area like that! Is the botanical print you have hanging over the bar from BHG collection as well?
Thanks Gina, that is actually a canvas poster from Ikea.
I like the Better Homes and Gardens Full-Size Wax Warmer
I really love every piece..wow I love the ice bucket..galvanized steel is so in right now..I love the look
I live in Canada Debbie but I do have a U.S address
just beautiful and welcoming…thank you for sharing my friend xo
I positively love anythjng galvanized. My collection is growing, one piece at a time. We will have a new deck latwr on this summer…….and
It is crying out to be a pretty place. Your patio area looks so restful and classy.
May I have some sweet tea, please?????
And, would you serve it in one of those priceless containers that have the cute spouts?
Love the ideas from Walmart. I truly love your patio…and the dog
Love the outdoor furniture.
Love the rattan chairs. Beautiful. Your puppy is pretty special too :-).
The Marble globe string light set.
I love a good give away.
I have several sets of towels from the Better Homes and Gardens Thick and Plush Bath Towel Collection and they are so soft.
I love so many things from that collection but the new galvanized items are to die for.
I love it all and the ambiance came right through the screen. Love the Walmart curtains, any sewing required? xoxo
I like the Better Homes and Gardens 9-Cube Storage http://www.walmart.com/ip/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-9-Cube-Storage-Multiple-Colors/40822756
I love their tablecloths!! I need to get one!
I love the Better Homes and Gardens Bright Dotted Circles Multi Area Rug.
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I like the Better Homes and Gardens Bayonne Area Rug
I love all the galvanized decor…
Love fresh ideas as the summer season comes on! Thanks for great pictures!
I purchased curtains produced by Better Homes and Garden. I love them.
Their dishes are so inviting!
My favorite Better Homes and Garden item at Walmart is Better Homes and Gardens Englewood Heights II Aluminum 4-Piece Patio Conversation Set.
I like the Better Homes and Gardens LG Rope Handle Lantern.
I like the Better Homes and Gardens Multi Border Table Cloth
I love those blue dishware
Thank you for the chance to win
I love your outdoor space! Table cloths for curtains is genius! 🙂
I LOVE the colors you chose! Unfortunately those don’t go with my pea green house. Guess I’ll have to find some yellows!
I love almost everything they make, but here in Phoenix, we need plenty of shade so I love the Better Homes & Gardens 9′ Market Umbrellas.
The potting bench!! So versatile!!
Love, love all the galvanized pieces. Reminds me of my grandma’s picnics..
Love it & the galvanized look. Taking notes. 🙂
I love Better Homes and Gardens Chenille Swirls Decorative Pillow.
What a beautiful place to enjoy the nice weather. I love your idea with the tablecloths as curtains! and that Galvanized stuff is to die for.
I like their different pillows like the Chenille Swirls Decorative Pillow in turquoise.
It’s hard to choose, what I love most so I choose everything Aqua. the ceramic lantern for example. Thank you for the opportunity. Your space turned out great
I’m loving the new galvanized items. You can use them for every season!!
I love the metal serving trays – and your space is beautiful!
I like the throw pillows.
The Better Homes and Gardens Jeweled Damask Bedding Quilt Collection is my favorite.
I’ve thought of trying to use shower curtains for outdoor curtains, but was concerned about UV damaging them. Using these tablecloths is a brilliant (and cute, and fun…) idea!
I really love the Latticework Indoor/Outdoor Rug… Your patio looks so inviting. Thanks for the chance to win!
Love those tablecloths! Great idea to use them as curtains.
I really love the Galvanized metal serving dishes! Thanks for sharing your beautiful back yard!
What an inviting spot. You have done a fabulous job. I would spend all of my time there.
Your patio is so beautiful and you sure did a great job on it with the decor. I love so many things from Better Homes and Garden and the wall items are wonderful I like the Better Homes and Gardens Baroque Oval Wall Mirror in white! It looks so pretty.
Love your patio. I recognize a lot of your accessories because I also do a lot of my shopping at Walmart and really enjoy their line from BHG! The tablecloths as curtains add a nice touch and a lot of color to your porch.
I love you outdoor space, Debbie! I understand why you spend a lot of time out there! I was wondering if the chairs and ottomans were BHG products as I really like them. Thanks for all your hard work – I really enjoy your blog!
Hi Barbara, those chairs and ottoman are from Sam’s Club but the dining table is from Walmart. Check the site they have awesome seating!
Thanks for stopping by the blog,
Oh I really love their Better Homes and Gardens Flameless LED Pillar Candles, 4pk, Vanilla! Those are so cute and I love the vanilla scent!
Love it ALL, Debbie! That drink dispenser/ice bucket is FANTASTIC! You have such a beautiful space, friend. Would love to sit out here and sip tea with you! 🙂
I was at Walmart today, and noticed the ice bucket. Do I NEED an ice bucket? probably not, but I love galvanized stuff….
yes we all need an ice bucket 😉 Thanks Gail!
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Great set LaTanya!
You have outdone yourself! This is beautiful and your photos are gorgeous! We will be right over!
Seriously come on over!! Thank you!!
Love your space Debbie! Everything came together so beautifully!
You make me eager to have our courtyard done, so I can really do it up 🙂
Thank you so much!! Love your space too!