Favorite Pin Friday: Barbecue Party Accessories

What better way to get to know our new neighbors here on base than to throw a neighborhood barbecue! We’ve invited everyone over tomorrow night, so I’m busy finding cute ideas on Pinterest to help me plan. Here are a few that I’ll employ tomorrow evening:

Tin Can for Utensils (pinned to my Party Love board)
Any new use for something that otherwise might head to the recycle bin is a winner for me. Country Living provided the great idea of using containers for silverware – in this case, painted tin cans. Not sure yet if we’ll need silverware, but I can always corral the napkins with this idea!

tin cans for silverware or napkin holders

Use tin cans for silverware or as napkin holders

Drink Tags (pinned to my Party Love board)
Here’s the deal: most of us don’t know each other yet, so there will be a lot of names and I’m usually terrible at remembering more than a few. I’m sure I’m not alone. But who likes name tags at a barbecue? I’m thinking drink tags are in order, and they can serve the dual purpose of helping us all remember each other’s names. I like these tags as shown on Couture Events because they are large – we won’t have to awkwardly squint to read the name. These from We Are Not Martha are very cute too, but a little small for this purpose.

Drink Bucket (pinned to my Party Love board)
Style Me Pretty pinned this drink canoe, and if I had a spare canoe I’d definitely do this! I do have several spare metal tubs, so I’ll use those for drinks instead.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great time!

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DIY: Super Quick (and very cheap) Picnic Tablecloth

Looking for a last minute tablecloth, but have no time to run to the store? Quick, grab some newspaper and masking tape, and I’ve got you (and your table!) covered.

the materials: newspaper, masking tape

the materials: newspaper, masking tape

Newspaper is the perfect tablecloth because most of us have some lying around, it is very, very cheap, and you can recycle it immediately after using. No mess!

Just spread your newspaper out, tape it, and voila. You are done. Rustic, cheap, and easy tablecloth from scratch.

To tape:
– fold corners around edges, like you would when you are wrapping a present.

cheap and easy picnic tablecloth: newspaper

fold the edges of paper around the corners

– use a roll fold if you want to hide the masking tape on top of the table.

Roll fold the tape to hide it beneath another layer of paper.

roll fold the tape to hide it beneath another layer of paper

– don’t worry about underneath – no one will see it! Just take long strips so you reach from the paper to the inside of the table, which might be a slight distance.

use newspaper for a picnic tablecloth!

newspaper tablecloth for a picnic!

Let me know if this was helpful!

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