Set up the perfect summer party with these tips!
With a whole lot of decorating materials available in the market these days, it has become easier to plan and recreate that Pinterest-inspired party you’ve been dying to throw. Now that school’s out—with the summer sun boldly shining down on us—it’s the perfect time to throw that outdoor picnic or barbecue. Here’s how to up your backyard party game:
Wooden cutlery and paper straws
Wooden cutlery and paper straws hit the craft and party scene years ago, but you still won’t find party utensils more photogenic. They used to be way overpriced when purchased on Etsy, but lucky for us, these guys can now be found in most grocery stores.
Don’t underestimate the average grocer’s baking section, there are hidden wonders in there ideal for tablescaping! I like to use paper cups to hold anything that’s easily pulled out from it like fries or vegetable sticks. Tip: Put a little salad dressing at the bottom of the cup and then pile on the stick-shaped finger food for instant party appetizers!
Paper plates, napkins, and banderitas/banners
Nowadays, most supermarkets have a small party section and carry brands like Celebrate and Celebrations Party. You will find decorative plates, napkins, and even festive décor like banderitas. Choose a color scheme that will go well with your setting and menu, then buy cups, plates, napkins, and straws accordingly.
Melamine trays and tablecloths
No barbecue is complete without that staple tablecloth. You can find that classic picnic checkered tablecloth for only P88 in Japanese stores like Daiso or Japan Home Center. While you’re there, check out the selection of trays. They always have fantastic melamine trays ideal for holding cooked corn, fish, or other food items.
The extra touch
Glass condiment containers are best when entertaining because they add a vintage touch to the vibe of your party. Annie of Not Just Jars carries all things bell jars—salt and pepper, miniature and handled, she’s got them. Bebeng’s Kitchen, however, has condiments that come in super cute rectangle glass jars and are perfect if you’re grilling Filipino dishes.
Go big or go home
A huge platter with large fruit items can be your party décor’s show stopper. Mix whole fruits with large chopped fruit, like watermelon, to make a fruit salad mountain, if you will. Serve whole grilled corn, chicken wings, and grilled pears and apples sliced in half to complement the look.
A few tips to knock it out of the park
Make invites using this tutorial from Ohhappyday.com, or make your own with a personalized rubber stamp. (If you don’t have time to DIY, Karen Pasion of KraftKart is super talented and accepts custom orders.)
To tighten the concept of your party even further, choose a color palette that matches your menu. If your man is grilling, go for more masculine colors and food that fits that theme. If you’re grilling fish and veggies, perhaps a more organic and rustic feel is appropriate. If you’re going for a Greek theme and are serving kebabs, for example, make sure you include a lot of blue and white with pops of citrus.
Make sure to set your barbecue party in the early afternoon to optimize the photo-worthy natural light. Dusk can sneak up on you quickly so position your table and food items where the light hits it best for social-media ready snaps.