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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Wedding Shower Menu

A spread of make-ahead hors d'oeuvres is easy and offers guests a variety from which to choose for their wedding shower menu.

Single bite hors d'oeuvres are crowd pleasers. These recipes have few ingredients and can each be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

  • Cool Antipasto Kabobs
  • Strawberry-Lime Punch
  • Tiny Raspberry Cheesecake Tarts
  • Toffee-Almond Shortbread Bites
  • Candy-Coated Strawberries
  • Open-Face Sandwiches

Cool Antipasto Kabobs

Let guests pick between skewers of vegetables or flavorful bites of sausage, shrimp, and cheese.

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Strawberry-Lime Punch

Here's a jazzy concoction that's easy to prepare for a bridal shower or wedding. Make the ice ring up to three or four days ahead.

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Tiny Raspberry Cheesecake Tarts

These easy, bite-size beauties call for purchased phyllo shells, found in the bakery department or with specialty items in grocery stores.

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Toffee-Almond Shortbread Bites

Delectably light, these shortbread bites have a buttery flavor with an unexpected hint of almond and toffee.

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Candy-Coated Strawberries

After the coating is firm, place the berries in a single layer in a covered container and chill in the fridge up to four hours. Let chilled berries stand at room temperature about an hour before serving.

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Open-Face Sandwiches

Purchased pesto and cream cheese form the spread for this easy, elegant appetizer. Pepper arugula adds an unexpected flavor note.

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