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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Purple & Blue Wedding Bouquets

Purple and blue have the wonderful ability to be both restful and regal. White, cream, silver, and green combine well with both purple and blue, while yellow is a lovely accent color.

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    • Fresh from the Garden

      All things purple combine to create this bouquet with a fresh-from-the-garden appearance. It includes delphiniums, agapanthus, and hyacinth blossoms along with almost-black privet berries. --Photographer Brant R. Bender, Phoenix Photography; Floral designer Laura Tejedas

    • Twist of Lime

      Deep purple anemones and lime green button mums make a striking combination for a summer wedding. Purple silk decorates the handle of this bouquet, while green velvet ribbon streamers flutter in the breeze.

    • Beautiful Admiration

      Delicate lengths of wisteria, lilac, and cotton-candy-color rayon trim trailing from this bouquet hint at the sweet blossoms nestled together at the other end. The elegant combination displays lavender double tulips, 'Bluebird' roses, pink godetia, and lavender dendrobium orchids, with catmint and 'Kent Beauty' oregano for petite accents.

    • Peacefully Pretty

      This crisp, clean bouquet works its magic on a brilliant summer day or a brisk winter eve. The blues of belladonna lilies and muscari bounce off 'White Iceberg' garden roses and 'Blushing Bride' protea for a cool, calming effect. More water hues in the silk ribbon complement the arrangement. Leaves of lambs' ears tucked throughout the bouquet add a soft finish.

    • Royal Elegance

      Fit for a queen, this royal combination of rich purple freesia and snowy white ranunculus makes an elegant bouquet. Freesia's trumpet-shape flowers are prized for their sweet fragrance. --Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal

    • Sweetly Perfumed

      Rising from petite bulbs in early spring, blue-purple grape hyacinths have a sweet perfume and dainty appearance. A blue ribbon handle brings out the color of the blossoms. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

    • Something Blue

      Grape hyacinths add "something blue" to the white roses, tulips, bouvardia, and alstroemeria that make up this bouquet. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

    • Orchids

      Breathtaking cattleya orchids framed by a pleated purple ribbon form a simple, delicate bouquet.

    • Something Blue

      Begin this DIY-friendly bouquet by circling one blue hydrangea globe with lavender freesia (or sweet pea blooms) and a ring of gray dusty miller.

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      Wedding in Blue

      A mix of blue hydrangea, delphinium, and white lilies create an eye-catching bouquet for a bride who adores blue.

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      Dahlias

      Magenta dahlias and a few sprigs of wax flowers create a strikingly simple bouquet. Dahlias are the peonies of summer. These substantial flowers last about two weeks after cutting and easily stand up to the tousling every wedding bouquet receives. Dahlias are available in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, orange, and purple. --Photographer Aquario Studio; Floral designer Laura Tejedas

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      Orange and Purple Contrast

      A playful contrast between warm orange calla lilies and cool purple chrysanthemums holds this colorful combination together. Statice, trachelium, hydrangeas, and roses round out the bouquet. Notice the roses' two-tone petals -- one side is pink and the other side is creamy white. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

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      Whimsical Bouquet

      The wiry stems of ageratum and pincushion flowers that rise above the roses, calla lilies, and hydrangeas in this pastel purple and blue bouquet add a touch of whimsy. Rich in both color and texture, this bouquet is perfect for pairing with a simple satin or sheath dress. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

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      Wedding by the Sea

      Look closely and you'll notice seashells tucked between the roses and stephanotis. Glued to thin-gauge floral wire, the seashells are treated simply as flowers in this arrangement. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

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      Classic Rose Dome

      This neat and tidy clutch of purple and white roses has a classic dome shape. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

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      Dye Job

      Sky blue and creamy white roses star in this bridal bouquet. Although blue roses don't exist in nature, floral suppliers dye blossoms in a range of blue hues -- from navy to pale blue. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

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