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It’s summertime and you’re FEELING the need to entertain neighbors and friends.   GREAT!  Well…so you thought, until you surveyed your surroundings…and the HUGE #BackyardBash that you had in mind is turning out to be NOT SO HUGE!  Never fear…I am here to help!  No longer do you have to worry with how to have a great outdoor party with LITTLE outdoor space…your fairy princess is here to help (that’s me).  I will share with you how to dazzle on a budget, be the queen of Walmart shopping, and how Dr Pepper is more than just a drink to quench your thrist.



Step One…

Say it with me, ” I have a tiny yard and I cannot lie.  You other bothers can’t deny…”  and, there’s nothing wrong with that.  You CAN have an AMAZING outdoor party.  Start by making a list of things you want to serve at this party.  If you like the look of my set up above, here’s a quick snippet of what I was able to just grab at my nearest Walmart:

  • Dr Pepper (all kinds…you’ll see why in a moment)
  • Cheez-Its
  • Coleman Cooler (you’ll need ice, it’s HOT out!)
  • plastic table cloths & a few placemats
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • pork loin
  • hamburger buns
  • cool-whip
  • cheesecake flavor pudding mix
  • candy
  • popcorn
  • chips
  • cookies
  • napkins
  • plastic plates, spoons, cups
  • straws



You’ll find us on the soda aisle…with my little screamer in tow.  (What?!?  Did you hear us?!?)  Seriously, I had NO idea there were so many Dr Pepper choices!  Holy MOLY!

Next…you’ve gone to Walmart…now, you’re looking at your tiny space scratching your head.  (stop that)


Yes…go through your house and see what you could possibly use to display your food goodies on that doesn’t take up TOO much space.

Check out the BEFORE of my food armoire.



You’re impressed…right??  There was NO painting involved.  Just covering up with the plastic tablecloths, placemats (on the doors), and artful placement of my goods.


Now…let’s get to the goodies!



For all the snack foods that are pre-made (like the Cheez-Its, popcorn, and chips)…just put those in any type of container.  I actually used those clear storage containers (and they worked just fine).  And…they’re sitting in a bookrack (I actually saw some of those for sale at Walmart too!)



For the cooler…I’d suggest using it MORE for ice, and chilling your sodas beforehand IF you can.

The sandwich…that’s an EASY Dr Pepper Shredded Pork Sandwich.

Put a slab of pork loin on the countertop

Rub some pork rub on it (it’s dry seasoning)

Drop it in the crockpot on low (or high if you don’t have 6-8 hours)

Add ONE can of Dr Pepper (any flavor, diet or not)

Cover and cook…low at least 8 hours makes it SO tender!

Before serving, shred it with your forks and add some BBQ sauce to taste.

Serve on a big ole bun!



It’s a party…I know it’s USUALLY “milk and cookies”…but, it’s SUMMER…and we’re having “Dr Pepper and cookies”.  I see you eyeing those cupcakes…Red Velvet cupcakes…made with Dr Pepper!  So light and yummy…here’s how to make them:

Pour a Red Velvet Cake mix into bowl

Add 8 oz of Dr Pepper

Stir and cook (14 mins for cupcakes)

The icing is just cheesecake pudding (mixed per directions on box)

topped with whipped cream…

and a cherry.



You have EVERYTHING display and ready for an AMAZING #BackyardBash.  Just look at how great everything looks…if I do say so myself!


It’s ok to stop and take a sip…you deserve it (ok…I deserve it!)


and…YES…we WERE throwing rings on our bottles of Dr Pepper.  Don’t you??

I’ll make up ANY game to keep them off the computer and other video game systems!


That’s all there is to it…

Relax…and open your tiny outside space to your friends and neighbors!
Let the party begin!



Thanks to #CollectiveBias for opportunity to share with you my party tips!