9 summer party themes
From pool parties in the backyard to clambakes on the beach, get inspired to host a get-together that's sure to be a hit.
text by Stephanie Harth
Seafood lovers, you're in for a treat. Pull the gang together for the first crab boil of the season. Serve with cold beer, melted butter, and fresh lemon slices.
Throw a 60’s pool party, Palm Springs-style. Break out the stashed-away pool toys (yes, that includes the inflatable swan), wear your mod sunglasses, an oversized hat, and lounge under the palms.
Miss those days of summer camp? Us too. Recreate the youthful feel with mini teepees, bandanas for guests, artillery games, and sloppy joes.
s'mores on the beach
The best summertime dessert deserves its own party. Display the ingredients in cute buckets, set up a bonfire at the beach, and get toasting.
Set up a grown-up lemonade stand (glass dispenser filled with spiked lemonade, fresh flowers on the table, buckets filled with beers) that will have guests lingering by all party long.
Time for the neighborhood block party? Roll in the food carts (donuts, tacos, lobster rolls, ice cream sandwiches) and celebrate the outdoor season with the kids from the neighborhood.
Nothing says summer quite like a picnic on the beach. Up the ante this year with a stylish set-up that includes pillows for comfy seats, hurricanes for casting light after sunset, and a pretty runner for lining the tablescape. Grill some hamburgers, hotdogs, and corn on the cob.
Something a little more unexpected (but pretty cool): Pack a picnic and get the crew out on the water in canoes. Tie them together and float down the river as you eat. Remember to pack light and enjoy the views!
A garden tea party is the perfect setting for a summer brunch. On the table, fill vessels with favorite summer blooms (perfect time for hydrangeas) and sprinkle flower petals across the surface. Serve an assortment of scones with your teas.