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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Birthday Cards in Pink, Purple, and Pastel

Make someone's big day extra special by creating one of these cute pink-, purple-, or pastel-color birthday cards.

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    • Pastel Circle Punch Birthday Card

      Punch circles from patterned paper and attach them to the front panel of a card. Use rub-ons, stickers, and other embellishments to add style. Tie a simple ribbon along the edge for an extra-special touch.

    • Pink Birdie Birthday Card

      All you need to replicate this cute card is patterned paper, a branch stamp, and a flower-shape-brad. To make, adhere wood-grain patterned paper to pink patterned paper. Apply the branch stamp and allow to dry. Cut the body of the bird from brown patterned paper and the wings from pink patterned paper, as shown. Secure the bird with the brad.

    • Personalized Purple Birthday Card

      Make the birthday girl or boy the center of attention with this sweet card. Print his or her name inside a circle, ink the edges, and adhere to the front of a card. To attach ribbons, punch holes along the edge of the card, string ribbon, and knot.

    • Pink Striped Birthday Card

      Use rub-ons or stickers to add birthday wishes to patterned paper. Fold the card in half. Punch holes along the inner edge and string ribbons through. To create the initial, trace from a lettering template onto pretty patterned paper. Cut and adhere to the front of card.

    • Number Birthday Card in Purple

      Use adhesive foam to attach an oversize number of to a piece of white cardstock. Adhere cardstock to the front of the card. Use triangular pieces of purple cardstock to frame the edges and attach each with a brad.

    • Pastel Birthday Icons Card

      Use your computer's Dingbats font to print birthday emblems onto a few colors of cardstock; use a circle punch to cut them out. Attach them to card and finish off with thin ribbon.

    • Pink Butterfly Birthday Card

      Fluttering butterflies soar off the card thanks to folded wings trimmed from a stamp. Use buttons to line their bodies and a stitch line or simple dots to make their path. A tied gingham ribbon adds a feminine touch.

    • Graphic Pink Birthday Card

      Use punches to cut squares of light cardstock. Adhere to the front of the card and embellish with birthday stickers or punches.

    • Pink Ladybug Birthday Card

      To create this cute ladybug card, cut the body, head, and spots from patterned paper. Attach to front panel of the card, as shown. Draw legs and antennae with permanent marker. Handwrite birthday wishes on white cardstock, cut out, and adhere to the card.

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      Pink Stitched Flower Card

      Pick out a paper with a pretty floral pattern and use it as a guide for stitching. Dot the flower center with a sticker and add a birthday message to complete the look.

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      Pastel Layered Birthday Card

      Attach three cardstock rectangles to slightly larger pieces of white cardstock. Layer them on front of the birthday card. Use a stamp, acrylic paint, and small brads to create the flowers. Attach a knotted ribbon across front.

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      Pink Photo Birthday Card with 3-D Petals

      A pieced flower blooms at the base of this girlish card. Use twine to hang metal charms and a picture of the birthday girl from a chipboard strip along the top.

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      Pink Party Hat Birthday Card

      Cut a triangular hat shape from patterned cardstock and adhere strips of tissue paper to the top and bottom. Adhere the hat to a bright circle cutout. Hand-write notes on white cardstock, cut, and attach to the card.

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      Get More Birthday Card Ideas

      Keep the celebration going with more handmade birthday card ideas.

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