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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Pretty Paper Projects for Weddings

Your choice of beautiful scrapbook papers and ribbon can be fashioned into inexpensive wedding favors and decorations.

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    • Keepsake Heart

      This paper heart project includes a remembrance quote and is finished with a tassel and ribbon for hanging.

    • Country Confetti Cones

      Fill confetti cones with rice, confetti, or bird seed to help your guests send you off in style.

    • Pinwheel Bouquet

      Because you want to thank those who come to wish you well on your wedding day, it's thoughtful to give each of your guests a small token of your appreciation. Friends and family will treasure these simple gifts, and there's a bonus: These pretty party favors can double as part of your reception decor.

    • Paper Lanterns

      Paper lanterns are fashioned from scrapbook papers. As part of your reception decor, group them close together over a glow of tiny white Christmas lights.

    • Candy Holder

      Purchased papier-mache balls are painted and filled with candy message hearts. Or, visit shop.mms.com to order M&M's in custom colors and messages.

    • Country Candy Container

      Place delicious candies in this beautiful candy container that's cut and folded out of Anaglypta wallpaper.

    • Paper Fans

      Folded paper fans are a useful gift for an outdoor summer wedding and reception. Hint: Hand them out before the ceremony so guests can use them to keep cool.

    • Country Bouquet Holder

      Wallpaper embellished with fan flowers and ribbons makes these country bouquet holders special.

    • Paper Napkin Ring

      These inexpensive paper napkin rings not only color coordinate your wedding, they add a touch of creativity as well. Simply cut strips using scalloped-edge craft scissors, then glue ends together. Hot glue ribbons and tiny silk flowers over the seam. Hint: If your paper is delicate you may want to glue it around a section of cardboard tubing for added stability.

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      Paper Cracker

      Make your own table decorations by using crepe paper around cardboard tubing to make paper crackers. Fill with small candies or favors.

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      Striped-Paper Cone Project

      Decorate doors, gates, or fence posts with a beautiful paper cone filled with a flower bouquet.

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      French Newspaper Confetti Bags

      These confetti bags are designed for a Paris-style wedding -- using pieces of a French newspaper -- but will complement any casual wedding.

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      Flower Cones

      Create these hanging flower cones as favors or decorations for your wedding reception.

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      Truffle Box Wedding Favors

      Embellish a beautifully painted wood box with personalized paper tags and fill with truffles or an assortment of small gifts.

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