Inexpensive Ways to Entertain Outside

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Inexpensive Ways to Entertain Outside

It’s that time of year again when we hose down the garden furniture and fire up the barbecue. Life has once again moved outside and that means entertaining alfresco. 

For some, the idea of eating out of doors conjures up pictures of mosquito bites and flies in the potato salad. But just as many of us relish the thought of cold lemonade and a hamburger under a shady elm in our own modest patch of nature. You don’t need a lot of specially made picnic ware to do that but you can enhance the experience with a few inexpensive items from the dollar store. Here are just some of the supplies you can find there.

Pick up a few pieces of melamine. You can get dinner plates in plain white or with a pattern, as you prefer. It will only cost you a dollar per plate and will save you from worrying about breakage of your everyday dinnerware.



Melamine is a good way to go for casual dining out of doors. You probably won’t find these exact items at your dollar store, but you’re sure to find some melamine plates and acrylic goblets that you’ll love.

You can also find an assortment of place mats suitable for the outdoors, acrylic goblets, melamine bowls and juice jugs at the dollar store.  You can also buy good quality paper napkins for a lot less than you’ll find in other stores, as well.

If you are entertaining friends, you might want to add a centerpiece to your table setting. For a lunchtime gathering, flowers are always a nice touch and, if you have a cutting garden, creating a casual bouquet will be easy. For the rest of us, an inexpensive grocery store bouquet, or even fake posies, set in an empty jam jar, will do the job nicely.

For nighttime entertaining, go for glow with candles.






The Dollar Store Style.has everything you could need for entertaining in the great outdoors.