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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Rose Details for a Wedding

Call on roses to set the scene for your celebration.


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    • Soft pink roses and pale yellow orchids complement the velvety red roses in this arrangement. Ask your florist about renting metal pillars like those shown here to support aisle flowers. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • Bold red-and-pink flower orbs provide welcome bursts of color along the grass aisle of this outdoor wedding. The red-and-pink theme continues with the urn arrangements flanking the flower-clad arbor. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • Rose petals carpet the edge of this outdoor aisle in luxury. The petals coordinate perfectly with the carnation-and-chrysanthemum flower orbs dangling from shepherd's hooks. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

    • White pillars support two massive pink-and-white bouquets and act as sentinels, framing the space where the bride and groom will stand. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • This lush arbor is a stunning ceremony focal point. Although arbors like this one require several hours and hundreds of flowers to construct, they make such an impressive statement that they are often the only floral decoration at the ceremony. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • A gazebo or arbor presents many options for floral decorations. The lovely garland gracing an archway of this gazebo is made primarily of hydrangeas, purple roses, and blue tulle. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • The sculptural form of twin topiaries is a perfect complement to the serene altar area. Tour the ceremony site with your florists, or give them photos of the space where your wedding will take place so they can recommend appropriate arrangements. --Photographer and floral designer Asa Ige

    • Roses and seeded eucalyptus create a floral frame around a guest registry. This creative take on the traditional arrangement that stands beside the guestbook immerses your guests in the beauty of flowers. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • After months of preparation, your wedding day will come and go in a flurry of joyful activity. Do your best to remember the day: Live in the moment, snap mental pictures, and take time to stop and smell the roses. --Photographer Kim Cornelison; Floral designer Wanda J. Ventling

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