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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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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      Cheap Outdoor Party Ideas

      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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