Outdoor Summer Party Tips From Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew

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It’s almost summer! And you know what that means, don’t you? It’s time for some outdoor entertaining, people! If you are looking for some tips and ideas on how to make your next outdoor party Pinterest-worthy, then you are in luck, my friend. Today, Lifestyle Expert, Elizabeth Mayhew, shares with us her favorite outdoor summer party tips to help you plan and host the perfect get-together.

Outdoor Summer Party Tips From Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew

I got the pleasure of speaking with Elizabeth via phone a couple of days ago, but you get to watch the interview on video {above} instead of reading a transcript as we normally do here and on EatPlayRock.com. How cool is that?

Big Lots offers some really great ideas for entertaining, without breaking the bank. In particular, I need some new patio furniture because mine is really old dated. So, I could either buy some new patio furniture pieces at Big Lots, or I could always spruce what I have up with a coat of paint and some beautiful outdoor throw pillows and rugs.

If I do decide to replace my patio furniture, Big Lots really has some beautiful table and chair sets for a great price point. I particularly love some of the bistro sets and tile top tables. I remember my aunt having a bistro set when I was young and it was so classy.

What could you use to spruce up your yard for outdoor summer parties this year? Be sure to watch my full video interview with Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew as she has provided some fantastic ideas to inspire you to step up your outdoor entertaining this summer without breaking the bank.

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About Elizabeth Mayhew

Elizabeth Mayhew is the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day. A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Georgetown University, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage kids.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. I can’t believe this is almost summer! I have to get the yard looking presentable and I am sure I will be using some of these tips for our summer parties.

  2. I so need some good patio furniture! I’d love to have people over in the Summer but I have some big changes to make to our yard first.

  3. robin rue says:

    I always hit up Big Lots when I have an event coming up at my house because I never know what I am going to find in there. That’s why I love it.

  4. OH I can’t wait to have a summer party outdoors! I LOVE grilling food and just hanging with friends! Big lots is where I get a lot go my stuff too!

  5. I have never been to a big lots! I totally need to check it out! I have some sprucing up to do on my patio!

  6. These are great ideas! I love hosting summer parties, but you can only grill so much before it’s old hat.

  7. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I love bold outdoor colors for entertaining. Bright pillows and a comfy outdoor chair can go a long way!

  8. Great ideas for those hosting summer parties! This could work great for having a few friends over, outdoor baby shower or even birthday parties.

  9. I love this! I want to use these tips to plan my 30th birthday in June! I want to have a sweet tea party outdoors and serve snacks and cupcakes! These are great tips!

  10. Jeni Hawkins says:

    These are some great tips! We have a few get togethers over the warmer months.

  11. Claudia Krusch says:

    We love to spend a lot of time outside in the Summer. I need to get some new patio furniture this year.

  12. We have a great outdoor space here. I am planning on getting some new pieces for the yard. We are planning on having a few big BBQ’s this summer.

  13. I really need to improve my patio area. I think we’d spend much more time outside if it was more comfortable!

  14. Reesa Lewandowski says:

    We love to pick up things at Big Lots! Summer will be here before we know it!

  15. Those are some great tips. I also love getting things from Big Lots. They have such a wonderful selection of everything!

  16. I really want to string some lights in my back yard area. Maybe I can hit a Big Lots and get all of the supplies that I need!

  17. Big Lots has such great pieces of furniture for such amazing prices. It’s the first place I head to when I know I am going to host a summer party or get together! 🙂

  18. We are planning to do lots of outdoor entertaining this summer. Can’t wait! SO glad summer is around the corner.

  19. I love these tips!! I am so doing these! I love hosting summer parties!

  20. We love Big Lots! They have everything at amazing prices. An outdoor party would be fun for Memorial Day.

  21. These are all great tips for an outdoor party. Refreshing your current furniture is a great way to save money.

  22. I enjoy hosting parties and can’t wait for the first outdoor one of the season. I like the idea of adding throw cushions and an outdoor rug.

  23. Summer is fast approaching all right.
    Thanks for the good advice and tips – I like your film.

  24. Jennifer G says:

    We love summer outdoor parties. Just a simple BBQ with friends is fun. These tips are going to make them even better!

  25. It’s been a while since I last hosted a party in the summer! I miss it. It’s always so fun to gather people and just enjoy some good food. These are great tips!

  26. This is a great video, we host a lot of parties and this will come handy. Liked some of the ideas

  27. Decor and food really make an outdoor party. I love her suggestions for creating an outdoor seating space if you don’t have a patio.

  28. Such great tips. It’s really inspiring me to throw an outdoor party since I tend to keep most of my events indoor.

  29. Since I live in California, we throw a lot of summer parties. Thanks for giving such great tips. Very useful.

  30. I love summer and having outdoor parties! I wish the summer season lasted longer in NY!

  31. I can’t wait for outdoor parties this summer. We are definitely in need of some new furniture out there!

  32. Excellent tips! We are having our first outdoor party of the season this Saturday! The weather is warm and I’m excited to have guests in our pool!

  33. I love hosting summer parties, especially in the summer. These are such great tips!

  34. We just dusted off our outdoor lounge furniture and I’m so excited to put it back in business once it warms up. We love hosting parties too and her tips are going to come in handy. Like the candle tip!

  35. I’m sorta kinda obsessed with big lots! They have so much cute stuff there for entertaining and it’s all super affordable.

  36. I am so happy that summer is almost here! Bring on the bbq parties and weekend visitors!

  37. I will look beautiful when dressing up with fresh flowers