10 Ideas for a Smashing Summer Party

Fire up the grill and pull out the swimwear! Summer is upon us and therefore parties (any kind of party) must happen outside. Whether your merrymaking is happening in the yard, by the pool, on the deck or city stoop, there are a few ways to make your bash just a little brighter.

When planning this brilliant al fresco gathering, we know you’re tempted to turn to the generic disposible flatware and tried-and-true crudités platter. Although we know how easy it is to go with those entertaining staples, we urge you to take the extra step! To help, we’re rounding up our top 10 ideas for throwing a summer party: DIY garlands, food presentation ideas, summer treats and much, much more. With a little planning—and a small budget—you can turn your party up a notch in small ways. Guests will notice (and love) those striped party bags, the unexpected wacky garland and the creative invites. No need to go overboard here; simply make or buy a few of the ideas above and you’re on your way to a fabulous warm-weather fête. Check out the slideshow above for ideas and inspiration.