A few weeks ago a friend of ours called me and asked me if he could propose to his girlfriend (one of my good friends) on our deck, at sunset and then have an engagement party immediately following, so of course I said yes!!! The chance to throw a party and watch two of my good friends get engaged, sign me up! (There’s a giveaway at the end so make sure you read all the way to the bottom!)
I’ve been seeing so many cute Better Homes and Gardens items hit the Walmart shelves so I used the engagement party as the perfect excuse to get stocked up on fun, budget-friendly outdoor entertaining supplies. Plus we’re in the process of building our outdoor kitchen so all these items will stock it, once it’s finished.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m a planner. So the morning of the engagement I spent 2 hours prepping and getting everything set up for the party so I wouldn’t be stressed when the big hour arrived. I absolutely love this hammered texture lidded bowl set because it allowed me to put some of the food out without having to worry about bugs getting in it.
I also love love love the new line of melamine plates and bowls that came out this spring. I was so excited about the colors and how perfect they were for the engagement party and all the other fun outdoor entertaining I’ll be doing this summer!
Tip #1 One of the things it’s important to do, when serving a large amount of people (there were 25 at the party), is to spread the food around the room, or the deck in this case. If all the food is in one place then it makes that area really crowded because people tend to gather around food. I’ve learned over the years to spread it out so people have multiple places to gather and talk.
I had food on the side tables of the sitting area, on the coffee table and on the bistro table. I also had drinks in two different locations so everyone would have plenty of room to get to them.
Tip #2 Another entertaining tip of mine is to add lots of flowers. Flowers make everyone happy and they are an inexpensive way to cheer up a boring space. I bought 5 bouquets of flowers from Trader Joe’s, for less than $20, and it completely transformed my deck. Even the BBQ was decorated. 🙂
I even used the petals that fell of while I was arranging them, as a petal walkway for my friend to follow when she arrived at our house. She had no idea what was going on until she opened the front door and saw this. 🙂
Tip #3 Always put a sign on the door to tell your guests to come on in. If there isn’t a sign on the door then they will knock and you’ll spend the first part of the evening running to answer the door every few minutes. Place a cute sign on the door that welcomes your guests and invites them to come on in!
Here are a few more pictures from our party; it was such a great night and the weather was perfect. My friend said yes, of course, and it was a beautiful evening. The sunset was stunningly beautiful, everyone had a great time and our friends felt very special. A win-win-win for me, which made me one happy hostess!
Do you have any outdoor entertaining tips? I’d love to hear them because I always love learning new tips to make entertaining easier! Also I’m giving away a $100 Walmart gift card so you can get stocked up for all your entertaining this summer!
Here’s a full product list, most of the entertaining items are only available in the store so don’t wait, if you love something, go get it today! To see more details about my BHG deck decorations from Walmart, click over to read this post.
- Hammered texture lidded bowl set
- Round Melamine Dinner Plate, Red Watercolor Print
- Round Melamine Dinner Plate, Teal (it shows it in red but it comes in both colors)
- Small Round Melamine Bowl, Red Watercolor Print
- Small Round Melamine Bowl, Teal (it shows it in red but it comes in both colors)
- Glass Beverage Dispenser
- Galvanized drink stand
- Black and white chair cushions
- Couch cushion
- Bar stool cushions
- Coffee table
- Green planter
- Teal planter
- Folding side table
Follow Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart to see what’s coming out soon!
Disclaimers – I am part of the BHG Live Better Blogger Network; this post is sponsored by BHG at Walmart. All opinions are my own.
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