The Perfect Backyard Party … With Pie!

By May 21, 20156 Comments

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The wonderful thing about California is that summer really lasts about 6 months out of the year, which makes it the perfect location for a backyard party! I was recently asked for some great backyard party decorating ideas, and I actually ended up helping to design the entire party. It really got me ready and excited for the long summer ahead! Once you see these easy party ideas, I think you will be ready for summer entertaining, too.

Backyard Party Ideas And Decor | Great ideas for a summer party in the backyard. Great plan for the drinks table and activities for kids. Plus a super cute PIE sign every party needs.

Backyard Party Decorating Ideas … With PIE!

Personally, when I think summer, I think happy and bright! My dad is actually a plant geneticist, and creates new types of sunflowers for a living, so I am lucky enough to have access to a TON of sunflowers, so I knew I would use them for flowers right away!

Great idea to use different colored chairs for a backyard party!

When designing this table scape, I knew my backyard inspiration would be a shabby chic country feel, a classic hometown backyard party, but maybe a little more elegant than hotdogs and beer.

It is easy to make your own table runner. You don't even have to sew if that isn't your thing! This one is really cute for a backyard party.

For the main dining table I used a ticking fabric I found from Hobby Lobby, and sewed it in to a table runner, this is usually what I do for runners, because I can never seem to find the perfect premade runner. If you aren’t a big sewer, you can use fabric glue, and fold under the edges, a runner really is really just used for looks, so it doesn’t have to be super sturdy. I placed a lace runner of the top for a shabbier chic feel.

Shabby chic can be elegant if executed properly. I love the sunflowers!

The flowers, as I mentioned before, I mainly used were sunflowers, and then I combined them with twigs, and a few roses and other pops of colors. I wanted to keep things natural feeling, so I went for some birch twig vases, and used some Large Mason jars that I scored at Michaels for 40 percent off. I die for mason jars, they really can be worked in to any event, and can be reused a million different ways.

Little paper bags with a cute emblem printed on them are perfect for holding your utensils. I love this Good Eats print.  Perfect for a backyard bbq or other summer party.

For the place settings, I had small kraft bags printed and put the utensils and napkins in them, and then layered them on top of navy paper plates, and vintage woven chargers. The chargers I was so pleased with, because they were another thrift store find, for about fifty cents apiece!  The wooden lanterns were a last minute find that to me really made the whole table! Again, these can be reused a million different ways, so well worth it!

Love this idea for place card holders. The little white buckets can be found at the dollar store. This is a great DIY project for a party to save some money.

My favorite part about the whole party was the darling place cards! They look super expensive, and professional, but they were put together with a hot glue gun, and some dollar tree supplies. The tiny white buckets come in packs of three at the dollar tree in their wedding section, and the moss is also from dollar tree. The place cards were hand written, and then glued on the little skewers, and then place in the bucket, that had some moss glued to the top of cardboard. It is SO easy, and so cheap!

Time For Pie

Another key element was the pie table. Pie is a classic all American food that is perfect for a dessert table at a backyard party. We had a variety of delicious mini-pies made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.

Every party needs a table just for pie!

Pie is the perfect dessert for a summer party. Check out this cute pie fan DIY - it is just paper fans glued together.

For the pie sign hanging above the table, I created the paper fans, and then hot glue gunned them on the back of a poster board. It was way easier than it looks!

Backyard Party Fun For Kids

Corn Hole is a the perfect game for a backyard party. Kids and adults will have fun playing. You can make your own corn hole board inexpensively.

Corn Hole is the perfect game for a backyard party! I brought my DIY Corn Hole boards so the kids could play during the party. They were a big hit. (If you make your own corn hole boards, don’t forget to grab your free rules card printable!)

Corn Hole is a great game for a backyard party. Get a free printable rules card and easy tutorial for making your own corn hole boards.

I also made a little kids table with wooden birdhouses for them to decorate.

Birdhouse decorating is a great kids activity for a summer party!


A dedicated table for drinks is a must for an outdoor summer party! I love how the old Pepsi crate looks with the sunflowers and the moss runner. Super cute!

You have to have a dedicated drinks table for an outdoor party! My drinks table was comprised of burlap and some moss runners.

An old Pepsi crate makes a great cup holder for a backyard party drink table.

Perhaps my best dollar tree buy of all has been the handled mason jar mugs. They felt so original and rustic, and made the drinks taste even better.

Mason jar mug! Perfect for a backyard summer party!

A couple more elements I incorporated was burlap, old soda crates, lanterns, old crocheted doileys, pinwheels, and some hay bales!

LOVE this idea!! Moss in an old soda crate to hold your corn on the cob. Super cute! Perfect for a backyard bbq.

Keep it simple. Pretty flowers, a few hay bales, and small touches like doilies and a lantern are perfect decorations for a shabby chic summer party.

LOVE these giant pinwheels. They are a cute decoration that the kids can play with, too!

Of course I had to make some sunflower sugar cookies as parting gifts!

Sunflower sugar cookies make a cute gift for the guests so they can take a piece of the party home.

And, don’t forget your printables! We created a summer bucketlist for the guests to fill out, as well as some fun summer quotes that were strewn about for guests to read! Happy summer partying, y’all!

*This party was sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. Many thanks to Leslie Callan from Green Vintage Photography for the beautiful photographs. 

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.


  • Megin says:

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  • CD Loken says:

    So many creative ideas for hosting a FABULOUS party! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! Definitely pinning!!!

  • Laurie says:

    So many great ideas!! Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It Link Party!

  • Lowanda J says:

    Love this post and your pictures are beautiful! Great ideas…thanks for sharing!

  • Tammi says:

    Please invite me to your next backyard party! Lol! At the very least come help me with mine! I adore your party — the pie is genius and the birdhouse decorating is a fabulous idea. This is an inspirational post. Thank you!

  • Debbie says:

    It turned out beautiful and fun. Great way to kick off summer.