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Roundup: 12 Clever Ways to Serve Food and Drinks at Your Next Backyard Get-together

Deciding what to serve at a backyard party can be easier than deciding how to serve it. Where do we put the drinks? Do we have enough serving dishes for all this stuff? How do we set up a buffet table if we don't have a buffet table??? Yeah, there are a lot of  decisions to make. Lucky for us, we found 12 very clever ideas that will make the serving part of our next back yard party stress-free. 

Brew is within easy reach with this DIY backyard table with a built-in cooler

Photo: ManMade

Have an old--or new--wheelbarrow on hand? Then you already have a way to serve bottled and canned drinks.

Photo: Glamour Living

No wheel barrow? A children's wagon will do just fine, thank you very much.

Photo: B Lovely Events

How about making a Sterno S'mores buffet?? Now that looks like fun.

Photo: The Kitchn

Mason jar = drinking glass; bandana = napkin; add some flatware for a grab and go serving ware serving idea.

Photo: A Soft Place to Land

 Another grab and go idea that frees up some valuable plate space: green goddess veggie dip cups cups. 

Photo: The View From Great Island

Although watermelon sort of has its own built in handle (the rind), the addition of a stick adds to its delightful presentation. Plus, dainty eaters will love it. 

Photo: Hi Sugarplum

Forget water mellon boats; pineapple boats are the way to go. Especially if they have pineapple salsa in them.

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 Serve potato chips and the like in brown paper bags for guests to munch while mingling.

Photo: Redbook

These clever DIY paper plate fruit baskets don't require any glue or staples; just four cuts and a length of twine.

Photo: Hometalk

If you have the right setup (a window that overlooks your backyard entertainment area) this idea is the cat's pajamas: a DIY window buffet. Even better if the windows in question were in the kitchen/dining area of your home, then you could easily serve from inside to out while still visiting with your guests.

Photo: Bright Green Door

And, finally, for a grand-daddy buffet, this ladder-turned-buffet is the way to go. Look at all that serving space!

Photo: Wedding Chicks

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Anonymous on Jul 22, 2015:

like the fruit basket and the paper bags ideas


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