How to Host a Fabulous Patio Party on a Tight Budget

How to Host a Patio Party on a Budget | Dish Dish Recipe Box

 

Have you seen fabulous patio party photos on Pinterest and decorating sites and thought you could never pull off such a glamorous or elegant patio party with your tight budget – and so, really, why even try?  Well, today we are pleased to present these ideas for hosting a fabulous patio party even on a tight budget! (Photo above by Tanny Do on Unsplash)

The overall premise for our planning is to Keep it Simple – don’t overthink or overdo the food or decor.  This way you won’t be stressed! Think about what you already have on hand and put it to good use.

Of course, an inviting overall decor is paramount for an enjoyable event.  Staying with the theme of keeping things simple, pull out colorful tablecloths, scarves, throws, runners or extra fabric to brighten up serving areas, tables, carts and seating areas.

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Repurpose glass bottles, vases, and containers, fill them with flowers or candles and place them around randomly for simple yet elegant decor.

Additionally, for a little more playful lighting, pull out a string of white Christmas lights and string them across the patio area or fence for the evening. (No need to go buy fancy new ones just for the party).

outdoor seating area with string lights on fence

Keep the set-up simple, too, by making use of existing carts, tables, or benches for drink stations, utensils, and food platters.  (If serving adult beverages, be sure to have a separate area set up for the kid-friendly beverages).

Fancy containers such as these look pretty and might be available inexpensively at your local discount store.  But various types of pitchers will work just as well, whatever you might have on hand (so no stress here!).  Making your own refreshing beverages – tea, lemonade, infused water, etc. also helps keep costs well within the budget.

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Now for the real highlight of the party, the food, right?  Both in light of keeping things simple and sticking to our budget, set out fruit, vegetables and chips in the first part of the line, with more expensive food fare (such as meatballs, wraps, sliders, or wings) later in the line.

All that’s left now, since the planning is done, is to invite the guests (by Evite, of course – since it is free).  After all, the most important part of a party is enjoying friends and family!

Who will you invite?  What will you serve?  How much fun will you have?  We would love to hear about your endeavor, what worked well for you, and any tips you would like to share with others in the comments below.

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7 Examples of Perfect Summer Peach Dishes

 

7 Perfect Summer Peach Dishes - Recipes

 

Driving along the highway in south Texas, just the right time of year, the peach stands open up all over the place, with huge baskets of juicy, plump, fresh peaches that make your mouth water and your heart beat fast with anticipation of such delicious pleasure!

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A couple of times, we have even ventured out as a family, visiting peach orchards to pick our own baskets full of peaches for enjoying.  This is so much fun and elicited great family memories!

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So today we are presenting 7 examples of perfect summer peach dishes – whether you were able to run out and pick your own, pluck some juicy fresh ones from a local farmers market, order from your local Greenling, or simply bring some home from the grocery store.

(Clicking on the title of each of these dishes will take you to the detailed printable recipe, photo, and ability to save the recipe, add ingredients to your shopping list, or share the recipe with a friend.)  Here goes!

1. First, a delicious Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler – slow cooker desserts are nice for not heating up the kitchen, and mixing all the ingredients ahead, then cooking while you’re working on other dishes.  Peaches mixed with rolled oats, butter and spices – yum!

 

2. Peach Smoothies are a healthy and delicious way to enjoy fresh peaches (or frozen, if you’ve saved them for the rest of the year).

 

3. Roasted Peach and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches – macerated peaches and cheddar on a buttermilk biscuit; breakfast, lunch, snack … as you please.

 

4. Fresh Peach Lemonade is one of our favorite summer beverages – fresh, chopped peaches and fresh lemon juice make a winning combination.

 

 

5. Peaches and Cream Pockets – easy recipe using crescent roll dough for a crust wrapped around fresh peach slices and cream cheese filling, baked up for a sweet, tasty treat any time.

 

6. Gingered Peach Jam – only 5 simple ingredients and no canning knowledge required with this easy recipe for making your own jam!

 

 

7. Tomato and Peach Salad – fresh heirloom tomatoes, peaches, and corn topped off with a little feta and lightly seasoned bread crumbs.

 

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So, how do you like your fresh summer peaches?  Do you save them for the rest of the year by freezing, canning, preserving as jam or pie filling, or something else?

We would love to hear about your favorite summer peach dishes!

Remember you can keep track of all your favorite recipes right here in your own online cookbook account at Dish Dish – absolutely free!  (Share recipes, find your favorites, create shopping lists and menus, and access from around the world whenever you need them.)

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5 Gadgets for Organizing the Pantry

 

 

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Do you open your pantry door and cringe at the overload of items?  Does it ever seem like the “pile” may soon overwhelm you and is always making it difficult to find what you need?

Well, ditch the overwhelm by using these 5 gadgets to organize your pantry, making it easy to find what you need, and saving you time and money!  Save time when planning and prepping for meals, and save money by not buying more at the grocery store of what is already sitting in your pantry.

Before taking a look at gadgets, though, come up with a basic plan for organizing the pantry into sections of items for similar uses.  For example, perhaps your sections would be something like the following: Baking, Cereals & Breakfast, Canned Goods, Snacks, Seasonings & Cooking, Beverages & Supplies, Paper Goods.

1. Storage Containers and Labels
Consider using storage containers that are see-through for easy identification (and similar in design for an eye-pleasing view) and label them, if desired, with chalkboard labels and white chalk markers.  Get creative with containers and labels and have a good time with this part!
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2. Tall Wire or Chrome Shelves
If you have tall shelves, use a wire or chrome pantry-shelf  for double-stacking items and providing more space in any section where you need it.  (Consider your overall plan and sections to see which areas most need extra space).

 

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3. Door or Wall Rack
Use a door or wall wrap rack for storing and organizing all those boxes of saran wrap, aluminum foil, baggies, and other similar items in one place, easy to reach (without cutting yourself on the box).

 

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4. Under-shelf Racks
Another item that is helpful if you have tall shelves is an under-shelf wire rack basket, allowing you to add a little more space in sections as needed.  This could be a great way to store saran wrap and foil if a door or wall rack is less feasible in your pantry.

 

wire basket under shelf storage in pantry

 

5. Layered Can Racks
For canned goods, you could consider a can rack to store canned goods where they are easily visible, layered simply, and can be stored with extras in the back to keep the oldest ones in front and ready to use first.

 

can rack with cans on pantry shelf

 

For a quick recap:

* plan your pantry sections first,
* clean out and discard old outdated items,
* ready yourself with appropriate containers, shelf helpers, and labels,
* and in no time at all you will have an organized, easy-to-use, visiually pleasing pantry to enjoy!

What are your ideas for pantry organizing?  Do you have some tips to share with us that helped you get organized?  We would love to hear them!  Just leave us a comment below.

Remember to organize your favorite recipes here at Dish Dish, so you can declutter your kitchen drawers and shelves and find the recipes you like when you need them – in the kitchen, while shopping, or for sharing with friends!

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