How to Throw a Sweet Summer Soiree

Host your own casual outdoor party complete with croquet and tea sandwiches. Get three easy DIY projects and pretty recipes, everything you need to celebrate summer in style is right here.

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    Elegant Summer Soiree

    Bright colors and casual elegance fits perfectly into a lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy iced tea, pretty sandwiches, and sweet desserts -- Planning Pretty blogger Camille Simmons shows you how plan the perfect summer soiree. 

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    Statement Balloon

    Make a sunny statement with an oversize, yellow balloon. Tie the string up in lace and ribbon to help the lighter-than-air decoration stay at party level. 

     

    Camille's Styling Tip: If the lace tassels are too heavy, remove the bottom third. 

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    Brooch in Bloom

    Help dress guests in style with flower brooches. The secret? Floral fabric and Camille's printable template. Just cut, shape, and pin! Let guests take them home as sweet party favors.

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    Croquet 101

    It wouldn't be a summer soiree without croquet. This easy-to-play game is over 140 years old and involves hitting wooden balls through wickets. The player with the most points wins!

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    Printable Croquet Scorecard

    Take advantage of the warm, summer weather with a vintage game of croquet. Printable scorecards make it easy to keep track. 

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    Floral Flair

    Flowers are an instantly gorgeous way to dress up a party table. Head to the market for some fresh blooms. Coral and peach are perfect for spring. 

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    Dahlia Lowdown

    Shh! We have the secrets to making your dahlias last longer in a bouquet. 

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    Tea-Filled Drink Dispensers

    Extra large drink dispensers are a trendy way to serve drinks -- and help show off fun garnishes and fresh-fruit infusers. Fill dispensers an hour before the party starts for the freshest flavor.

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    Cocktail Pizzazz

    Drink colorfully. Sliced peaches, raspberry-studded ice cubes, and mint leaves leave your drinks looking as delicious as they taste. 

     

    Make Ahead Tip: Freeze fruit in ice cubes the night before guests arrive. Mix up your flavors -- in addition to raspberries, Camille loves peaches, blueberries, and strawberries.

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    Mix and Match Glasses

    Clink! Cheers to summer in cute, mismatched glasses. Go for etched crystal and softly hued vintage cups -- just be sure to stick to the party's color palette.

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    Petal Tea Sandwiches

    Fun and fresh, these playful tea sandwiches are a snap to make. Just spread with cream cheese then pile on the goods: edible marigold flowers, cucumber, radishes, and chives.

     

    Camille's Styling Tip: The petal shape adds wonderful character to the party table! The sandwiches look even better with a few flower petals sprinkled on top.

     

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    Ceramic Serving Bowls

    Give your shindig some personality with an eclectic mix of bowls. Look for them on the cheap at your local home good store. 

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    Lemon Tea Cakes

    Pinkies up! These little English cakes are sweet, flowery, and bursting with fresh lemon goodness. Add extra charm with gold dessert forks. 

     

    Camille's Styling Tip: Edible pansies are the perfect touch of detail. Small sprinkles, candy pearls, or other purchased cake decor make great toppers, too!

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    Meet Camille

    Camille is the founder of Planning Pretty blog and creative studio. She shares playful and elegant home decor, entertaining ideas, and tips for everyday life.

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