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10 D.I.Y. ideas for your outdoor party

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Turn your next barbecue or party into an unforgettable gathering with these creative D.I.Y. projects shared by our clever Bunnings Workshop members.


Let us know if you need a hand with turning the ideas into reality. We are always happy to assist.


1. Make a picnic table or grazing board


Wow your guests by serving food on a stylish picnic table or a grazing board. Made from scrap timber, Annie's (@annie75herringbone table can be easily dismantled to transport for outdoor dining.


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The Bunnings team has shared step-by-step instructions How to make a D.I.Y. resin picnic table.

2. Play an outdoor game 


Keep guests of all ages smiling by challenging them to an outdoor game. Jeremy's (@bullfrogchampsD.I.Y. Finska set is a great option.


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You can find more exciting ideas for games in the Bunnings guide Eight entertaining ideas.


3. Make a drinks cooler


Beat the heat and ensure drinks stay cold. Perfect for outdoor summer entertaining, Workshop member @nparrella95's outdoor storage box with built-in drinks cooler can keep drinks frosty while keeping the area tidy.


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Here are 10 ways to keep cool in the summer.


4. Get your barbecue ready


A barbecue is often the centre of an outdoor party and lets you cook while entertaining family and friends. Monique (@moniquecole1990used spray paint to give her barbecue a fresh look


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Barbecue connoisseur @MoonshineBen has shared several guides to help make your next barbecue party a successful one, including How to cook brisket, How to cook pork ribs and How to prepare a smoker barbecue for cooking.


5. Add a play tent for kids


A kids outdoor tent can be a fun retreat for them to play in during your party. Claire (@Renowayoflife) shares step-by-step instructions on building a kids outdoor tent.


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We also recommend checking out our Top 10 most popular kids projects for ideas on how to entertain little ones, including building cubby houses and mud kitchens. 


6. Build an outdoor bar


An outdoor bar can serve as a great focal point for family and friends to gather around during a party. Community member Sean's (@Starkers_17outdoor bar project features creative timber and metal stools.


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Experienced Workshop member Rob’s (@Peggers) step-by-step guide How to build a pallet bar is a low-cost fun project.


7. Add outdoor seating


Make your backyard more inviting by adding benches or other seating options. Sandra’s (@sandy_d) easy and attractive corner makeover included a bench seat made using Besser blocks and a concrete planter. 


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For more inspiration, check out the Top 10 most popular outdoor bench projects shared on Workshop.


8. Build a mobile kitchen island


Mobile kitchen islands can come in handy when preparing and serving food during your party. Rob shares how to create an industrial-style mobile island for your outdoor area in just a few hours.


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Don’t miss these 10 ways to prepare your house for a party.


9. Make a drinks tray 


Serve your guests in style by making a custom drinks tray. Get inspired by Joe (@JoeAzza) who built this lovely drinks tray with leather handles.


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For more clever ideas, check out the Bunnings guide Everything you need to host an outdoor dinner party.


10. Create ambience with outdoor lighting 


Lights help set the mood at any party and can take your entertainment game to the next level. Tom’s (@tom_buildsbackyard covered patio with low-level deck features white LED party lights that work well in his outdoor entertainment area.


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Experienced renovator @Adam_W shares how to install outdoor string lighting.



More inspiring outdoor entertaining projects


Check out the Top 10 most popular outdoor entertaining projects shared on Workshop for more inspiration for your home.


For expert tips on building or renovating your outdoor entertaining area, have a look at Outdoor entertaining makeovers on a budget and Expert ideas for your outdoor entertaining area

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