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Endless Summer Party Ideas

July 4th may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we’ve run out of reasons to celebrate! In fact, summer is a season made for parties! Enjoying warm weather and outdoor activities with your favorite people – what could be better? Whether you’re throwing a birthday bash, a family get together, or simply taking the opportunity to enjoy those endless summer days and nights, the perfect seasonal soiree starts with a great theme. So here are five of the best summer party ideas for 2021.

Summer Brunch. There’s never a bad season for brunch, but summer makes it especially easy to wake up for. Blue skies, a warm breeze – and the option to keep the party going all day if you like! It goes without saying that a delicious spread is a must. Think: a mix between sweet and savory with lots of dishes you can prepare ahead of time. Spotlight seasonal fruits and vegetables and be sure to also have a signature cocktail or mocktail on the menu. To create the right ambience, prepare a playlist ahead of time. You should also be sure there is plenty of comfortable seating available. And don’t forget the lawn games! Croquet, cornhole or a ring toss are always great summer party ideas to get guests mingling.

Al Fresco Dinner Party. There’s nothing quite like dining under the stars! Take advantage of the warm evenings to host an evening dinner party in your backyard. Light a cozy corner with string lanterns, set up a table and chairs, and decorate with pretty china and glassware. Be sure to add flowers and candles to the table to help create an intimate, elegant atmosphere. For the menu, keep it light and seasonal and make it easy on yourself with some delicious summer favorites that don’t take a lot of effort. For example, grown-up popsicles for dessert or watermelon slices. And be sure to match up your wine selection to your menu for the best culinary experience all-round.

Rent a Boat. If you live on the coast or near a body of water, why not rent a boat for the day or evening? Whether it’s a low-key or luxury vessel, it’s sure to be a memorable setting that your guests will enjoy. If you really want to push the boat out (pardon the pun!), you could plan a mini fireworks display to end off the night. Nothing quite says ‘summer’ like fireworks reflected on the water!

Spanish Tapas and Sangria Party. Draw inspiration for your summer party ideas from one of the great warm-weather destinations. A Spanish tapas menu is perfect for hot days when your guests may not feel like eating a large, heavy meal. Tapas are also extra social (and delicious!). Sangria is also an ideal drink for a summer party since it’s sweet, refreshing, and easy to make in large batches.

Pizza Night. Who doesn’t love a pizza party, whatever their age? For your event, you can choose between pre-made flavour combinations (make it a mix between interesting gourmet choices and classic combos) or a DIY pizza bar where guests can choose their own toppings. Set up a casual table with lots of room for the food and decant wine into carafes for that laid-back summer dining vibe.

Whichever of these summer party ideas most appeals, they’ll give you a great excuse to spend quality time with those you love and create special memories in the process!