Throw an outdoor party on a budget -- we have paper decorations, easy snack ideas, and even a fun dip-dye technique that transforms dollar-store napkins into perfect party accessories.
To make the napkins:
1. Follow the package directions for fabric dye. Add 2 cups warm water to each of 3 deep bowls (stainless steel or glass). Add 1 cup dye solution to the first bowl; 1/2 cup solution to the second; 1/4 cup solution to the third.
2. Dip a folded white cotton napkin into the weakest dye solution, leaving the top section undyed. Leave in solution about 15-30 seconds. Squeeze to drain excess dye. Continue by dipping napkin at a lesser depth in each of the heavier solutions to achieve an ombre effect.
Basic bandannas make a beautiful table runner when layered with grocery-store flowers. We love a combo of crisp white and blue.
Send guests home with a jar of homemade maple mustard and they'll be thanking you all grilling-season long.
Sip on the cheap! Disguise an inexpensive bottle of wine with our personalized wine wrap.
Watermelon is in season and on sale. Blend with white grape juice, lime, and mint for a refreshingly sweet summer drink.
Budget-friendly bites like cheese crackers, rice cereal, and shoestring potatoes are perfect for this quick snack mix.
Your guests will gobble up this salty-sweet blend. This big-batch recipe can be customized with any nut you like!
Homemade sauce makes hot dogs totally party-worthy. Top with crushed chips just before serving for extra crunch.
Pantry staples like pasta, eggs, and mayo make for one amazing pasta salad.
Put the "aah" in August (or any other warm-weather month) with these cool-off cocktails. These adult-only sippers are served frozen and in glasses so you don't miss a drop.
Who says brownies have to be basic? Beat the box with our incredible peanut butter bars.