16 Easy Summer Party Ideas

Gather inspiration for a casual outdoor gathering from one of our easy summer party ideas. From dinner on the deck to a festive taco buffet, your options are endless for a no-fuss summer party.

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11 Fun Ideas for Decorating a Cake with Candy

Make a birthday cake or other special day cake oh-so-adorable with candies! Cookbook author and stylist Libbie Summers shares 11 super-simple ways that cinnamon candies, jellybeans, maltballs, and other sweet favorites can make you look like a professional cake decorator in minutes.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch, The Cutest 5-Ingredient Cocktail Ever!

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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Sugar-Coated Ice Cream Social

I scream, you scream … You know the drill. Host a sugar-coated ice cream social the kiddos will love -- with cereal necklaces, paper crowns, candy truffles, and a whimsical ice cream truck. Go on and get celebrating!

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Pitcher Cocktail Recipes

Where there's a pitcher, there's a party. Whether you're brunching, dinner partying, or hosting a (very) happy hour, these fun pitcher cocktail recipes are sure to hit the spot. Find icy margaritas, fruity sangria cocktails, spiked punch, and more!

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Baby Shower

Make any mom-to-be feel special by throwing her a fun and unique baby shower -- we have great ideas for cute decorations, fun baby shower games, handmade invitations, and more! For a fancy get-together, put together our bling-theme baby shower. The decorating ideas include adorable rhinestone pacifiers and brightly colored place settings, plus we give you ideas for glitzy party favors and fun guessing games. Our adorable bubbly ducky baby shower theme keeps it simple yet modern with a blue-and-yellow color scheme, cozy decor, and cute duck accents, including a sweet (and easy-to-make) centerpiece -- a fishbowl filled with white plastic-foam balls, clear glass baubles, and a rubber ducky. Need ideas for baby shower food? Our quick and easy party food recipes are sophisticated and sure to dazzle shower guests, from sweet spreadables to skewered meat. Pick-and-mix your favorite baby shower ideas or follow a full theme for a wonderful celebration with friends.

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