Summer鈥檚 in full swing, and we鈥檙e all beating a path to the great outdoors! Whether you鈥檙e throwing your first dinner party聽or you鈥檙e an old hand at whipping up聽picnic food,聽you鈥檙e probably聽looking for聽some聽cool new outdoor聽entertaining聽ideas. Before you lose a day (or two) going down聽another inspo feed rabbit hole, check out this list of Pinterest鈥檚 top backyard entertaining聽ideas. It鈥檚 chock-full of聽everything you need to turn your backyard into party聽central.


1.聽DIY Outdoor Movie Theater Seats: Trainwreck is doubly good聽the second time around 鈥 especially when you鈥檙e seated outdoors with your buds. Kick聽back in these comfy lounge chairs that are an easy and inexpensive DIY. (via聽Not Just a Housewife / The Idea Room)


2. Backyard Movie Night: An old lawn table or bar cart is a perfect place to keep some blankets handy for your guests. Use a聽small chalkboard to introduce聽the name of the night鈥檚 film.聽(via The Junk Drunk)


3. DIY Movie Night Popcorn Bar: The only thing better than homemade popcorn is popcorn with candy mix-ins. Let everyone mix their custom batch and you鈥檒l have some happy campers. (via Family Fresh Meals)


4. Beverage Dispenser: Metal tubs filled with ice will keep your drinks cold and handy. It also cuts down on foot traffic in and out of the house. (via A Little Bit of Everything)


5.聽DIY Outdoor Party Games: This聽life-size yard game is聽a big hit with聽kids, young and old. Click through for a trick to getting the bird faces just right. (via SheKnows / Dreaming in DIY)


6.聽Regulation Cornhole Game: Remember bean-bag toss, AKA Cornhole? This DIY comes with instructions for building a regulation-size game, plus instructions on how to play.聽(via DIY Network)


7. Lawn Twister: Spin the spinner and call the shot; Twister ties you up in a knot! This is the same old game we loved as kids, but this lawn version provides a softer landing when arms and legs give out. (via One Good Thing by Jillee)


8.聽DIY Backyard Game Four-in-a-Row: Like a giant version聽of Connect Four, this yard game is big fun.聽Click through for the easy step-by-step woodworking tutorial. (via Build Basic /聽The Home Depot)


9. Bean Bag Toss / Beer Pong: Ever notice your party breaking down into two factions: those outside playing lawn games and those inside playing beer pong? Bring the gang together with a game that everyone will want to play. (via The Grommet)


10. DIY Yard聽Yahtzee: Turn your yard into a giant Yahtzee field. These big聽dice blocks are so easy to make, but you can also聽use pre-made blocks from any crafts store. (via Momtastic)


11. DIY Jumbo聽Jenga: Make a giant lawn version of everyone鈥檚 fave throwback game聽by simply cutting a bunch of two-by-fours聽into聽48聽pieces that are 10-1/2鈥 each. Paint the outside edges in fun colors to add a pop of color to your outdoor decor. Check out our DIY here too. (via Follow Eric)


12. Fire Pit & Adirondack Chairs: Here鈥檚 some snaggable decor perfect for your next backyard get together. Build a simple fire pit using rocks and set some comfy Adirondack chairs around it.聽(via White Loft Studio / Style Me Pretty)


13. Canopy of String Lights: There鈥檚 nothing like strings of white lights to make an evening seem magical. A canopy of simple bulb lights will give your backyard聽a glowing ambiance.聽Lanterns and candles聽can also add a nice touch.聽(via聽Gray House Studio)


14. Outdoor Dinner Seating: We can鈥檛聽think of anything better than a meal shared with friends under a starry sky. Seating can be as simple as laying out blankets聽alongside a low table made of propped up reclaimed wood. Casual seating encourages cozy chatting into the night.聽(via The Fresh Exchange / Pizzazzerie)


15.聽DIY Mason Jar Bug Repellent: This non-toxic repellent is not only effective, but looks聽great and聽smells pretty too. Certain essential oils like cedarwood, lavender and lemon help to repel mosquitos. Mason jars add a nice down-home touch. (via The Snug)

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