Summer Party Ideas

Harold: I say we crash Rhonda’s party and eat all her food!
Kids: YEAH!!! -Hey Arnold!

Hello my lovelies! I need some advice. Match and I are hosting a summer bbq/potluck at our house on Sunday. It’s our first party since February, and I want it to be fun.  I always have these beautiful images in my head of what I want a party to look and be like.  I blame it on Pinterest. I mean, who actually has these parties? And why haven’t they invited ME?


I definitely don’t want to spend a lot, but I would love it if my party was more than just another house party. The weather is supposed to be in the upper 90s til the evening, and people will be showing up around 2. I’m afraid we might be stuck inside the whole time! This is making it tough to come up with fun ideas.

Match and I made a homemade washers game we will be playing if it’s cool enough. Don’t you judge my dead grass. I swear, I water it every day, and it still looks like that. 🙁 Stupid heat!

I plan on hanging up a couple of cute summery banners, and setting up the dining room table buffet style.

Banner from A Well Crafted Party 

Garland from the Fickle Felt Tree

I need help with the details. Do I do paper plates since it’ll be easier for clean up? Or do I go “green” and use regular plates and do a lot of dish washing? Do I use glasses or buy plastic?

I do plan on having water bottles that I’m going to try to decorate with either paint or colorful duct tape. We’re also serving beer and juice drinks, so cups might not be necessary.

Any ideas for some fun last minute DIY decoration ideas? I’m also thinking of putting out board games in case we’re all stuck inside. I’m probably putting too much thought into this, but I love a good party that has a little something extra, don’t you?



    Well, first I’m going to say go for the paper plates and plastic cups. I don’t know how many people you’re having but that seems like waaaay too many dishes to do otherwise 😉
    My only other suggestion would be to make sure you have good music in the background 🙂 Something we’ve found that helps with the heat is to turn on the sprinklers and get the ground wet…that could be an idea? Do you have any fans you could put outside?
    I’m not crafty so no ideas on the DIY decor, but I like what you posted.
    Overall, I think it sounds like it’s going to be a great party 🙂

    Meghan Furst

    I’m all for the paper plates (pretty ones!) Everyone expects paper anyway.

    Do you have any “Super Soakers”? Those are lots of fun & will cool people off. How about running sprinklers and having a fan blow on them? That will also cool people off. (Kind of like they have in Theme Parks & in Vegas)

    Of course you know that peeps like booze – so that should spruce up any damp spirits. Hope you find these useful.

    <3 Megs


    Games! Apples to Apples (for a large group) and Catch Phrase (for smaller ones) are So. Much. Fun. I love a good party, however I always feel like I’m running around and never get to talk to anyone. Any tips on how to mingle while hostessing would be appreciated. Enjoy!


    Ack, can’t believe I missed this one. I love helping to plan parties. :p So how did it go?

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