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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Glamorous Beaded Wedding Centerpiece

Add glitz to wedding reception dining tables with beaded centerpieces. Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to make the tabletop accents.

Materials

  • 18-inch lengths of 10-gauge wire
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Plastic and glass beads with holes large enough to accommodate wire
  • 5- to 6-inch tall vase with narrow neck
  • Unpopped popcorn

Instructions

  1. For each wire, make a loop at one end using round-nose pliers
  2. Thread 4-8 inches with beads in the desired arrangement. If the wire is too long to fit the vase, trim it to within 1 inch of the beads. Use pliers to make a loop to secure the beads.
  3. Fill the vase halfway with unpopped popcorn.
  4. Arrange the beaded picks in the vase.
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