School’s out, the sun is shining and the weather’s heating up. This calls for a celebration! Whether you’re spending quality time with family or catching up with friends this summer, make this season extra special with a party to remember.
No matter if you’re planning a small get-together or an epic bash, our summer party ideas work for every taste and budget. The key is to have fun with it and make it your own. Ready to get social? Try one of these summer party themes for your next gathering!
No need to wait in line for a table at your favorite brunch spot. Re-create the cheerful, sociable atmosphere at home by hosting a backyard brunch with your nearest and dearest. Set the scene with eye-catching tabletop décor, including whimsical placemats, plates and drinkware, and get cozy with soft throw blankets and pillows. Make it a no-fuss meal with buffet-style finger food that guests can easily help themselves to, like muffins, pastries and fruit. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the good company.
Pool or Beach Party
Nothing says summer like making a splash at the pool or beach. Whether you have a backyard swimming pool or you live near a beach, it’s easy to entertain guests of all ages by the water. Just pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, load up on towels and throw some flip flops and sunscreen into a water-repellent tote. Grab some inflatable pool floats for cute photo ops and get out the beach ball for afternoon games. If you have access to a fire pit, keep the party going at night with hot dogs and s’mores.
Hosting a potluck picnic is a fun way to try new dishes without having to prepare the entire meal. Assign each guest a food category ahead of time (e.g., appetizer, side, entrée, etc.) so you don’t end up with a picnic full of desserts. To make things easier, ask guests to bring their own drinks, but pack some extra water so no one gets dehydrated in the sun. Once your lunch bags and coolers are all packed, don’t forget to bring a couple throw blankets to lay on. Bon appétit!
Outdoor Movie Night
Grab the popcorn, drinks and throw blankets and cozy up under the stars! An outdoor movie night is a great way to relax and unwind after a long summer day. Whether you’re buying, renting or borrowing a portable projector, it’s easy to hang up a white sheet as your screen. Add string lights to set the ambiance, gather up any outdoor chairs or couches and make it all super comfy with plenty of throw pillows. Don’t forget to set up a snack bar so guests can pick out their favorite sweet and salty treats. Lights, camera, action!