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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Nature-Inspired Centerpiece

Need a centerpiece perfect for an outdoor wedding reception? Use our free patterns and step-by-step instructions to make a nature-inspired centerpiece.

Materials

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Cream card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Rickrack
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Flower and round punches
  • Small branches
  • Cream-color acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Vase
  • Unpopped popcorn seeds

Instructions

  1. Download and print the patterns. Trace the patterns, cut out. Use the patterns to cut bird bodies, wings, and leaves from decorative paper. Each bird requires two bodies and two wings.
  2. To make a bird, glue one body and both wings to cream card stock. Trim around the shapes using decorative-edge scissors. Glue the remaining body to the uncovered side of the body cutout. Use rickrack to create a hanger; hot-glue rickrack ends bird. Use a glue stick to attach wings to bird body, aligning wing tips and covering the rickrack ends.
  3. Make leaves in the same manner as the bird bodies.
  4. Paint branches; let dry. Fill the vase halfway with unpopped popcorn and arrange the branches in the vase.
  5. Hang the birds on the tree. Hot-glue the leaves to the branches.

Download the free bird and leaf patterns.

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