How to Throw a Sweet Summer Soiree

Host your own casual outdoor party complete with croquet and tea sandwiches. Get three easy DIY projects and pretty recipes, everything you need to celebrate summer in style is right here.

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Dress Up a Dessert in 8 Seconds (or Less!)

Make any dessert recipe worthy of a party with these easy ideas to dress them up. Each dessert idea can be done within 8 seconds!

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Our Latest Party Recipes

It's time to take it outside. We're sharing recipes that are best served al fresco with friends. Salute summer, from drinks to dessert, with the latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens.

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How to Throw a Vintage Backyard Luau

Say aloha to paradise. With island-inspired decor and pineapple-kissed dishes, your backyard luau will be looking like a vintage oasis in no time. Now crank the Jimmy Buffet and get chilling!

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Summer Party: How To Set Up An Outdoor Bar

The best outdoor parties include a self-serve drink station so no one gets stuck tending bar. Here are three tips for your next event.

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Plan a fun birthday party with games, birthday invitations, party ideas, and more! Whether you're planning the party for yourself, your son or daughter, or a friend, you'll find everything you need to make the birthday as special as can be. Start with our birthday party themes to get an idea of what kind of birthday bash you want to plan -- we have step-by-step instructions for an outdoor-theme birthday party, a Hawaiian luau party, and more! Next, find a couple of fun birthday party games to keep everyone engaged in the festivities. We have easy ideas for outdoor games for kids, plus other fun indoor party activities. Bake the birthday boy or girl a homemade cake that showcases his or her personality and interests -- we have birthday cakes and cupcakes for the sports-lover, animal-lover, and more. Best of all, they're easy to make! Add another personal touch to a birthday party with a homemade birthday card or gift. We even have clever gift wrap ideas you'll love and pretty gift wraps and bows for that extra-special touch.

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