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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Birthdays

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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