Have I ever confessed that hospitality scares me? I mean, it completely freaks me out! I don’t have too many fears these days, but for whatever reason, inviting people over terrifies me. I need to get over it.
Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for inviting people over, as it’s fairly easy to throw together a fun event in the backyard. Think barbecue. Or something simpler. Like ice cream.
The thing I love about outdoor entertaining is that decorating is simple and inexpensive. You really don’t need anything more than a tablecloth and paper plates. But if you’re like me and like to spruce things up a bit, it’s easy to find inexpensive outdoor table settings.
When I went to Walmart a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a few items to help me get over my fear of hospitality this summer. I used a few for an impromptu post-Easter festivities ice cream party on Sunday. It was the perfect way to end a warm spring day.
This year I really love Walmart’s selection of dishes for outdoor entertaining. They’re inexpensive, and they all coordinate, making for a fun table setting for any party.
First, I picked up a Mainstays vinyl tablecloth for $9.96. I love the bright stripes, and it’s the perfect size for a picnic table!
I also bought some BPA free floral plastic bowls, figuring we’re always eating ice cream. The flowers coordinate perfectly with the stripes in the tablecloth. Cost? Just $1.98 per bowl. I also picked up some melon colored dip bowls, which are the perfect size for ice cream toppings. These were just $1.48 each. There were only four left t my store, so I bought them all!
When you’re entertaining outdoors, it’s always nice to have something to drink on hand for your guests, too. I love mason jars, so when I saw this glass mason jar drink dispenser by Aladdin, I knew I could make good use of it. It was only $9.48. That’s not bad for glass!
Finally, I hate to be wasteful in using plastic cups and paper plates. For $1.00 each, I picked up some lime green insulated party cups. They’re also BPA free, which is really important to me. And here’s a tip: To make sure guests don’t lose track of their cups, use a dry erase marker to write their names on the cup. It wipes right off the plastic.
In the end I know that hospitality has nothing to do with beautiful place settings and fun accessories. However, a little splash of fun colors never hurt, right? So who wants to come over for ice cream?