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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Throw a fabulous birthday with our fun ideas for party themes. From kids' parties, such as luaus and sleepovers, to sophisticated adult party ideas, we have the coolest birthday party themes around. We give you suggestions for invitations, decorations, food, activities, and more with each theme idea, so you won't be stressed while putting together the perfect party. Entertain little ones with an awesome ocean party, complete with blue and green streamers, delicious party food, and edible art. For warm-weather birthdays, have a birthday campout in your backyard and serve up hot dogs, s'mores, ants on a log, and trail mix to stick with the theme. For older kids and adults, put together a one-of-a-kind tea party with our creative ideas for colorful place settings and other table decorations. Grown-ups will love our ice cream party, complete with sophisticated invites, stepped-up ice cream sundaes and a table full of toppings, and bubbly summer beverages. Finally, send your party guests home with simple and pleasing take-home party favors so your guests can remember your fantastic party for years to come.

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