5 Great Summertime Party Ideas

Summer-ToysSummer parties are something everyone looks forward to every year.  Spending time with friends and family outdoors is always a good way to spend your summer. This year, it’s time to kick it up a notch.  Themed parties are trending and are a good alternative to the everyday summer bash.  Here are a few sure-fire party themes that your friends won’t want to miss!

1.  Luau
A luau is an amazing summer theme for a party because it’s like a stay-cation.  Who wouldn’t love to be in Hawaii lounging on the beach?  Since we all can’t hop on a plane to the islands, why not host a party mimicking it. Fire up the pit and roast a full pig.  Bowls of macadamia nuts on every table gives your guests the chance to munch on local snacks.  Sugar cane stalks, Pineapples and native Hawaiian flowers create the perfect setting.  If you happen to have a pool, this is also a great chance to break in the new inflatable pool toys for the kids! After the sunsets, it’s time for the entertainment! Offer your female guests grass skirts and it’s time to dance!  Don’t forget the tiki torches!

2. Fiesta

Start your blenders! We’re having a Mexican fiesta!!! Serve frozen margaritas and homemade sangria in your favorite drinkware sets to get the party started! A mariachi band, or background music sets the scene.  Line your tables with an abundance of chips with salsa and guacamole and for the meal, plan a taco or burrito bowl bar for your guests to fill their plates with as many different ingredients as they please.  Keep it as rustic and authentic as possible so you  have time to enjoy the party yourself!  When the meal ends, break out the piñata…you’re never too old to for a piñata!

3. DIY Drive-in

This theme is more relaxed and comfortable than the rest.  A DIY drive-in is a fun alternative to a party.  Lay blankets and pillows on the grass and set up a portable screen with a projector.  Serve flavored popcorn and movie snacks to your guests.  Nachos, soft pretzels, and candy are perfect finger foods that can be served on your casual dinnerware for the movie.  When it comes to the film, pick something that is appropriate for your guests.  Whether it be a classic movie such as the Wizard of Oz or a fun party flick like Clueless, your guests will surely enjoy themselves. (This theme is also a great idea for children’s parties.)

4. Derby Party

The Kentucky Derby may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t host a derby themed bash.  Invite your guests to dress in their best derby attire.  Women wearing dresses and big hats, and men dressed to the nines in their Sunday best! Serve wine and bourbon and keep the food as authentic as possible by offering a delicious southern menu.  Play games and place bets like you would at the racetrack.  Your guests won’t leave disappointed!…unless they lose all their money.

5. Rooftop Party

If you have the luxury of having a rooftop deck, I highly suggest you plan a party. There is nothing more beautiful or romantic in the summer than a rooftop party overlooking the amazing skyline that any city has to offer.  The lighting at this party is key.  String lights across the deck and light candles on the tables.  Offer your guests finger food and appetizers to nibble on. When it comes to alcohol, keep it simple and serve wine and beer.

Obviously the list for themed parties is endless.  Whatever you decide on will surely make your summer parties the talk of the town!

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