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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CD Case Favor

Make creative and cute favors your guests can rock out to. Get step-by-step instructions for crafting a patterned paper CD holder.

What You'll Need:

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Decorative card stock in three coordinating prints
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Tape runner
  • Paper flower embellishment
  • Gem brad
  1. Trace the pattern; cut out.
  2. Use the pattern to cut pieces from card stock, cutting the outer flap piece with decorative-edge scissors. Tape the layers together. Tape along the inside edges at the sides.
  3. Poke a brad through the center of a flower; affix to the center of the flap border.

Download the CD case paper pattern.

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