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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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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Sweet Wedding Cake Centerpiece

Make a wedding cake that will last forever. Use our step-by-step instructions to craft a delicious-looking centerpiece.

Materials

  • Tins in 6-, 8-, and 10-inch diameters
  • Patterned paper in coordinating colors
  • Pencil
  • Paper cutter
  • White die-cut floral paper
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 2 yards of 2-inch-wide sheer ribbon
  • Daisy punch
  • Glitter paper in two colors to coordinate with patterned paper
  • Large and small adhesive gems

Instructions

  1. Remove lids from tins. Using the tins as patterns, cut paper to wrap around the sides of the tins; hot-glue the paper in place. Cut a paper strip to wrap around the 10-inch tin lid; hot-glue in place. Carefully put the lid on the large tin.
  2. From the center of the die-cut floral paper, cut a circle to fit the bottom of the 6-inch tin. Cut a ring 1-1/2-inch larger than the cut circle for the 8-inch tin. Cut a second ring 1-1/2-inch larger than the first ring for the 10-inch tin. Hot-glue the circle and rings to the tins' bottoms.
  3. Hot-glue the tiers together.
  4. Fold the ribbon in half; tie a double bow. Hot-glue the bow to the top tier. Trim the ribbon ends.
  5. Punch out daisies from glitter papers. Press a large gem in the center of each daisy; layer with smaller gems where desired. Hot-glue daisies cascading down the tiers as shown.
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