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?