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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Flower Girl Accessories

Personalize your wedding party with these flower girl accessories you can make yourself.


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    • Rose Embellishment

      Artificial roses, made of silk or organza, look lovely when sewn to the back of a flower girl’s dress. We left the stems intact for a more casual look.

    • Basket of Petals

      Decorate a white basket with lengths of ribbons around the handle and a large bow on one side.

    • Rose Pomander

      Rose pomanders are popular accessories for young bridesmaids and flower girls. These adorable flower spheres complement a bride's and bridesmaids' dense, round rose bouquets.

      --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • Flower Girl's Satin Purse

      Your flower girl will be delighted to carry this special purse filled with rose petals.

    • Hair Flowers

      Whether you choose fresh or silk, adding flowers in the hair or to the bow of a dress is a lovely way to doll up a flower girl's attire. 

    • Tulle Pouf

      Use tulle fabric or wide ribbon to create a hair ornament for a flower girl. Cinch a few folds of tulle with a sheer ribbon tied in a knot and embellish with a silk flower. Or arrange tulle ribbon into a bow for a similar effect.

    • Flower Girl Baskets

      Fabric-covered tin buckets make lovely (and sturdy) carrying baskets for a flower girl.

    • Small Bouquet

      A small nosegay that mimics the bride's bouquet can be a darling accent for a flower girl.

    • Flower Orb

      Cover a plastic-foam ball with fresh (or silk) flowers and hang it from a looped ribbon so the flower girl can carry it as she walks down the aisle.

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      Ribbon Bracelets

      Darling bracelets and necklaces fashioned from ribbon will make your flower girl feel especially pretty. We embellished ours with tiny blooms of silk flowers. Small, flat varieties will work best; sew them on so they remain secure.

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      A Crown of Flowers

      Flower girls can look lovely with a simple headband of silk or fresh flowers in their hair.

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      Country Bouquet Holder

      A ribbon handle added to this bouquet holder would make it an appropriate accessory for a flower girl. Fill the embellished wallpaper cone with rose petals.

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      Long-Stemmed Flowers

      Rather than drop petals or flowerheads, have the flower girl pass out long-stemmed roses (with thorns removed) or other flowers to people seated along the aisle.

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      Flower Girl Basket from Vintage Hat

      Create a unique petal holder for the flower girl by attaching a doily to a vintage lace hat.

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      Kissing Ball

      Ribbon roses decorate a foam ball that's embellished with satin ribbons and pearl pins. 

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      Wedding Beaded Headpiece

      Beaded wire garlands (from a craft or hobby store) can be quickly fashioned into a pretty bridal headpiece. Or make your own with our instructions.

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      Flower Cones

      Flower cones can be the perfect lightweight accessory for your flower girls.

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      Floral Spray

      Search fabric and craft stores for pre-made floral sprays like this one. These are easy to wire onto a chair, the back of a flower girl's dress, or even into a hair ornament.

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