First up, some tips for special food service!
1. Design Sponge shows you how to cover a six pack holder with gift wrap to make a handy condiment carrier!
2. Make your own paper food baskets from patterned paper with template and instructions from Zakka Life!
Martha has a couple great ideas for serving fresh fruit or other snacks at your next party!
3. Use glassine bags to serve fresh cherries or berries.
4. Create beautiful paper pouches to serve melon balls, nuts or popcorn!
5. Or make edible cookie bags with this clever recipe!
We can’t forget the beverages! Along with the dispensers we featured last week, here are some ideas for serving bottled drinks!
6. This drink display from A Field Journal is super charming.
7. Customize a beer bucket with instructions from Today’s Nest.
8. If you are super handy, make this beverage table from Lowe’s Creative Ideas. It’s an outdoor coffee table with a sliding top that reveals a bin for putting your beverages on ice!
Here are some table décor ideas to add a special touch to your BBQ.
9. Brightly covered pots make perfect utensil holders like these found at Simply Seleta.
10. Set out a variety of sauces at the table in simple squeeze bottles with tags to describe the contents, like these sauces from The Yummy Life! (includes free tag printable).
Make sure to check out the picnic cans from the Sweet Paul magazine are cute and multifunctional – place cards and utensil holders in one.
12. Make some simple fabric Picnic Caddies following this tutorial from Snowy Bliss, then gather the rolled caddies in a cute bucket for guests to grab!
13. Or use oilcloth to make these simple utensil pockets from Martha!
14. Make these beautiful bowl covers to keep your food pest-free. Instructions are on Sew Mama Sew!
15. Or use embroidery hoops with fabric to create simple food covers, like these from Martha!
And after the sun goes down, these great lanterns will add some lovely charm to your backyard gathering!
16. Make cute DIY paper bag lanterns to hang (or set) around your backyard like these great lanterns from Design Sponge.
17. Create a lantern by painting and punching a design in a simple paint can with this tutorial from Lowe’s Creative Ideas. If stars aren’t your thing, these can be customized with any simple shape!
18. Get detailed step by step instructions on how to make a hanging mason jar lamp from Chez Beeper Bebe!
Finally, for a special end to your get-together, serve these frozen treats to your guests!
19. Make your own soda icees with Bake 350 (Found at Be Different, Act Normal)
20. Serve ice cream in covered jars stashed in a bin of ice like these pretty treats from Pen and Paper Flowers.
21. Serve Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches with this recipe from Good Life Eats.
Hope some of these ideas and the others we have shared this month give you a summer full of BBQ ideas. Have a great weekend!!