How to have an outdoor dinner party on a budget

by Jacqui Zuzgo 11/06/2022

If you want to throw an outdoor dinner party without blowing your budget, you have plenty of options to consider. From DIY projects to efficient food planning, there are plenty of outdoor dinner party ideas that don’t require outrageous spending. 

Before you start planning your next outdoor event, consider trying these simple tips:

Prepare for your outdoor party

The right preparation is crucial for not blowing your budget. Buying the necessary items in advance rather than leaving them until the last minute will give you more options to choose from, prices included.

To save money on food, consider making your dinner party a potluck. If you choose to go this route, make sure you give your guests plenty of time to prepare a dish.

Repurpose an old table & chairs

Instead of spending a fortune on new outdoor furniture, consider repurposing indoor items. An old table and some mismatched chairs add charm to your backyard dinner party while also keeping you within your budget.

Do you have an old dresser or vanity gathering dust? With a quick sanding and a fresh coat of paint, either piece could make a perfect miniature buffet table or drink station for outdoor dining.

Use string lights for illumination

The best outdoor parties have excellent lighting and ambiance. The simplest and most affordable way to create beautiful outdoor lighting is with basic string lights. Install a few hooks in the wall, or hang them from a pergola for a twinkling sky effect. 

Even if you don’t have structures to hang lights, you can use them for beautiful ambiance and illumination. Create firefly lanterns with mason jars or larger glass containers and arrange them throughout the outdoor space to add some magic.

Outdoor events can be fun and affordable with the right planning. Consider your menu ideas, table setting and decor carefully to save money while throwing the best backyard dinner party possible.



About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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