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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Monogram Party

As long as you have someone to celebrate, our monogram party can work for almost any occasion. Start with their initials and favorite flower, and customize the party from there. We think it's perfect for a birthday party, graduation party, or a bridal shower.

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    • Set Up a Simple Spread

      This party is as easy as it looks. Set up simple stations for snacks, drinks, gifts, and notes. Get cocktail and dessert pairings, recipes, and crafts how-tos in our free, party kit download.

    • Make Custom Party Cocktails

      Name the house cocktail after the guest of honor, and have a full pitcher waiting when guests arrive. We topped each Kelly Collins with fresh fruit skewers.

    • Make Melon Cutouts

      Add flair to the party cocktails with cute melon cutouts. Watch to learn how.

    • Serve a Sweet Party Dessert

      It's certainly not a birthday party without cake. Depending on the size of your party, you may want to supplement a layer cake with a batch of cupcakes. Arrange the desserts in tiers to save space on your table.

    • Garden of Good Wishes Party Centerpiece

      A centerpiece filled with the guest of honor's favorite flowers does double duty as a guest book. Print notecards using our pattern. Then, each guest can write a note and tuck it into the centerpiece with our easy-to-make wires.

    • Get the Look: Party Centerpiece

      You only need a few stems to make this gorgeous grass-and-flower centerpiece. Learn how with our video.

    • Use Flowers as Decoration Inspiration

      Base the party's color scheme on the guest of honor's favorite flowers. In this case, Shirley poppies (Papaver rhoeas) lend a warm, whimsical palette to our birthday party.

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