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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Corsages and Handheld Bouquets

Harmonize with the wedding's color scheme or ask each woman about her dress color before selecting flowers for corsages. Similar corsage styles or a repeating ribbon decoration can tie a group of corsages together.


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    • Roses & Jewels

      Orchids dress up this small handheld bouquet given to the mother of the bride. This is a nice alternative to a heavy corsage, especially when a dress may be made of sheer fabric. The keepsake pin will also be a lovely memory of the day.

    • Glorious Lilies

      Corsages are a beautiful way to honor those women who play an important role in your life. Corsages don't need to reflect the bridal bouquet or the bridesmaids' flowers -- they simply need to fit the style of the wedding and the wearer. This corsage includes magenta gloriosa lilies, yellow billy buttons, nerine lilies, and kangaroo paws.

      Photographer Scott Little; Floral designer Dan Brabec

    • Colorful Nosegay

      Handheld posies like this are popular alternatives to pin-on corsages, which have a tendency to sag when pinned on flimsy or silk material. Purple anemones, orange tulips, and gloriosa lilies are the stars of this petite bouquet. Note the coordinating ribbon wrap on the stems.

      --Photographer Scott Little; Floral designer Dan Brabec

    • Handheld in White

      Small bouquets can make any wedding guest feel special. These are easily created using just a few flowers and leaf stems held together with floral tape. Cut stems to about 5 inches, keeping the flowers in water until the ceremony. Make the bows weeks ahead of the wedding and tie them onto the nosegays the morning of the wedding. (Be sure to dry stems with toweling to avoid drips on pretty dresses.)

      --Photographer Scott Little; Floral designer Dan Brabec

    • On the Hand

      Wrist corsages, like handheld posies, are great alternatives to the pin-on corsage. An elastic band keeps the arrangement in place. Lisianthus, dusty miller, rosemary, and coffee foliage make up this corsage.

      --Photographer Scott Little; Floral designer Dan Brabec

    • Orchids and Berries

      Lavender, snowberries, rosemary, and lambs' ears make this a sweet-scented and texture-rich corsage. Orchids, wired faux jewels, and shimmery ribbon give it a glamorous touch.

      --Photographer Scott Little; Floral designer Dan Brabec

    • Tiny Bouquet

      Another demure bouquet, this one features miniature roses, leafy loops, and a jeweled pin.


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