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Summer in Texas means grilling season and outdoor parties with friends and family. And being that it is hot in Texas, I love to drink ice cold sodas when I am outside and the husband is grilling. Everyone knows I love Dr Pepper, especially Diet Dr Pepper. People don’t even ask me what I feel like drinking—they all know already, which is kind of awesome.
I love Dr Pepper because of its spicy, sweet, unique taste, and the fact that it pairs well with pulled pork, beef brisket, and grilled hot dogs. Plus, in a pinch it can easily serve as a dessert by pouring it over some vanilla ice cream or making Dr Pepper popsicles in some popsicle molds.
In honor of my most favorite drink, I’ve designed a super simple, yet stunning, outdoor tablescape with a few DIY twists. All together everything, including 3 packs of Dr Pepper sodas, cost me about $25 at Walmart, so this is definitely affordable. The great thing is that most of the items can be reused for other Backyard Bashes you host this summer.
Dr Pepper Backyard Bash Tablescape:
Let’s dissect the table so YOU can recreate this Dr Pepper themed Backyard Bash in your backyard this summer.
I am super proud of my DIY Dr Pepper inspired bottle labels. I printed these on normal printer paper, which is NOT waterproof. I like to have cups and ice ready for guests, so this idea works well for me. If you wanted to put these over ice, simply invest in some waterproof labels.
And because I love you all and want my hard design work in Adobe Illustrator to help others, you can download the Word doc template for the labels here for free (after the link opens, click on “File” and “Download” then open up in Word). You can also download Wisdom Script (which is the font I used below) and for the nutrition facts I used Helvetica.
I simply removed all the labels from the Diet Dr Pepper bottles and replace with mine. A piece of double-sided tape holds everything in place.
These can also double as menus by getting a bit creative with the nutrition facts label, like I did.
Every time I have Diet Dr Pepper at home, I pour it over ice and add a dash of vanilla syrup. It makes me feel like I am at a fancy soda fountain bar. So, I poured some of my fave vanilla syrup in this nifty container for guests to make their own flavored sodas. You could also have cherry syrup or cherries.
It’s always exciting to find accessories for your tablescape that also serve a function like these napkins, paper straws, and red flatware. They add a punch of color to the table and incorporate the Dr Pepper logo colors.
I know some people don’t like placecards, but I think personalized chalkboards are ADORABLE. In my case, they also help hold down the napkins so they don’t fly off the plate.
A tissue paper pom/flower is a super inexpensive way to make a large centerpiece or hanging décor in minutes. I made this a one-sided pom and simply put it on top of a large vase to create a tall, dramatic centerpiece.
Here’s how you make a one-sided tissue paper pom (shown in white tissue paper to make it easier):
1.) Take about 8-10 pieces of tissue paper and accordion fold them.
2.) Use a piece of floral wire to secure the middle.
3.) Cut the edges of the tissue paper to form a ^ at both ends for a decorative finish.
4.) Fluff out one side for a centerpiece (for a flat bottom, as shown above) OR fluff out the whole thing for a pom pom.
I added in some carnations to play off the texture of the pom and add a bit of color.
And finally, a piece of wrapping paper serves as a decorative table runner.
I hope my Diet Dr Pepper inspired tablescape gets you thinking about hosting a Backyard Bash of your own soon.
I got everything, including the Diet Dr Pepper, at Walmart. The Dr Pepper has its own section within the chip/soda aisle of my local Walmart.
Anyone else a Dr Pepper fiend like me?
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