You don’t need a holiday to have an excuse to throw a party, it’s summer and that’s enough to celebrate! The sun is out and the weather is warm! Gather up your friends and family and throw a summer bash that everyone will not be able to stop talking about.


1. A Theme

Pick a theme to center your party around. It will make food choice, refreshments and decorations much easier when you have a focus. Themes like patriotic, day at the beach and bohemian backyard are sure to be a hit. Two of our faves are fiesta and glamping! Fiesta is all about bright popping colors and there are lots of things you can incorporate like pinatas and sombreros when it comes to decor. With glamping (glam camping), you can pitch a makeshift tent as an additional seating area, start a campfire and roast smores when the sun goes down and lay down a blanket and star gaze to close out the night.

5 Must-Haves for Your Next Summer Party

2. Cool Drink Station

Loose the boring old cooler filled with soft drinks and beer, and create a drinks station with punch, sangria or even have a create -your-own drink option. Set up an old fashioned lemonade stand, have a watermelon punch bowl or include fruit infused ice cubes to spice up any drink. You can prep everything before and make everything self serve so you can also enjoy the party.

5 Must-Haves for Your Next Summer Party

3. Keep it cool

If your hosting an outdoor party, be sure your guests do not sizzle in the sun by providing shade. If you don’t have a covered area or umbrellas for protection, create your own shade. Hang parasols upside down among the trees, create a canvas awning or build outdoor curtains. One really easy and chic way is to enclose your space with colorful silk fabric as pictured below. Hang long sheets of fabric that go with your theme over a clothesline strung between the house and a pole in the backyard.

5 Must-Haves for Your Next Summer Party

4. Outdoor evening lighting

If your hosting an outdoor evening party light up the night with some fun outdoor lighting. Hang christmas lights among the trees, string global lights over your table, set luminary bags along the walk way or line the pool with lanterns. Outdoor lighting can really elevate your outdoor summer party to the next level.

5 Must-Haves for Your Next Summer Party

5. Entertainment for the kids

While your sippin on spiked lemonade, create a diversion for the kids and make sure they are having as much fun as you are. Have a water balloon war, lay out a slip n slide, set up a build your own dessert station or put on an outdoor movie during an evening party. Keep the kids busy while you’re socializing with friends.

5 Must-Haves for Your Next Summer Party

Will you be including any of these ideas at your next summer party? Let ABCey know with a comment below or message us on Facebook or Twitter!