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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Farm-Theme Birthday Party for Kids

Searching for a birthday party theme? Head to the farm! Our farm-theme birthday party for kids is fun and easy to put together -- no real farm necessary. From birthday cake to party favors, we have ideas for throwing a fun party until the cows come home.

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    • Fun on the Farm

      Your rowdy little party animals will love this farm animal-inspired birthday party theme. Depending on the age and size of the group, a petting zoo, local farm, or the backyard are all perfect spots to host this bash.

      Party Tip: Make sure you're aware of any animal allergies in the group.

    • Make Cute Invitations

      Invite friends and family to your party with this easy-to-make party invitation.

      How to Make the Party Invitations:
      Start with rectangles of red cardstock. Then cut pieces of beige crafts paper so they're 1/4 inch smaller than the red paper on all sides. Glue a die-cut cow and the letters F A R M -- all available at scrapbooking stores -- to each brown paper rectangle. Hand-print the party information on the bottom portion of the invitation, and attach the brown crafts paper to the red with a glue stick.

    • Bake a Batch of Chicken-Feed Granola

      Feed your little farmers this crunchy party snack. Kids will rave over the candy-coated peanuts and coconut, and you can be glad that they're eating rolled oats and sunflower seeds. Make this snack mix a few days in advance, and toss it in a galvanized bucket at party time.

    • Make Silo-Inspired Wraps

      Chopped veggies, cheese, and sliced meat make these fun wraps a nutritious and easy party food.

    • Craft a Custom Country Table Runner

      This cute table runner does double duty as a party decoration and part of the buffet line.

      How to Make It:
      Add some country flair to a plain white table runner by cutting 2-inch-wide strips of red Western-style fabric and sewing them along the border. Cut out back pockets from old pairs of blue jeans. Attach pockets to the table runner with a hot-glue gun to create pouches that can hold straws, plastic tableware, and napkins.

    • Flavored Moo Juice

      Ice cream plus flavored milk makes a creamy and easy milkshake kids will go wild for. Colorful crazy straws make the simple drink party-appropriate.

      Party Tip: Adhere cow stickers onto inexpensive cups to play up the party theme.

    • Farm Animal Party Hats

      Let kids make their own party favors with this easy craft.

      How to Make the Party Hats: Start white, pink, and yellow party hats for cows, pigs, and ducks. Then cut pieces of crafts foam in eye, ear, beak, and nose shapes. Glue the shapes onto the hats, and embellish with small pom-poms, cotton balls, and tissue paper.

    • Easy Party Game

      Fun party games don't have to be complicated or expensive. Create a unique ring toss by setting bottles of colorful soda on an overturned galvanized bucket. No need for prizes -- kids get to keep and drink what their ring lands on.

    • Farm-Fresh Sunflower Cake

      Finish the birthday party on a sunny note. This birthday cake, inspired by fields of sunflowers, is easy to make. The secret? Start with a boxed cake mix.

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      Throw an outdoor party on a budget -- we have paper decorations, easy snack ideas, and even a fun dip-dye technique that transforms dollar-store napkins into perfect party accessories.
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