Summer is the absolute best time for outdoor entertaining, and I love any excuse to throw a fun soiree! It’s fun to switch it up and not just opt for the same old BBQ every time you plan a get together, so to inspire your al fresco entertaining, I put together a list of my all-time fave ways to plan an outdoor party.

Backyard Movie Night

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We did this for the Mother, May I Sleep With Danger premiere and I am obsessed! All you need is a good movie, a few blankets and some great snacks…

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A Popcorn Bar, like this one from Family Fresh Meals is a great idea too.

An Afternoon Game Day

There are so many great lawn games you can play with your friends and little ones! I especially love these DIY ideas!

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Lemon Thistle shows you how to make both Jenga and Dominos!

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You can also use recycled bottles to make a Bowling Game! Check out the DIY from Moonfrye.

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Or this DIY Corn Hole from Lovely Indeed.

 

Make It a Picnic

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A few months back, Dean and I decided to have a huge family picnic. We put our own twist on a few classic picnic dishes, and had a great time with the babes! It’s a fun way to entertain without having to set up a bunch of tables and chairs.

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We made Fried Chicken and Waffle BLT with Jalapeno-Honey Mayo

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And some delicious Heirloom Tomato, Roasted Cauliflower and Manchego Hand Pies!

 

Throw a Themed Party

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It’s no secret that I love a good theme… especially when it comes to party planning! So why not throw a themed outdoor party this summer? I planned a Flower Power Party for Stella a few years back, which was so much fun and SO gorgeous.

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And there are so many cute DIY Flower projects on Pinterest! Like these Floral Crown from Simple As That.

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Or this DIY Floral Backdrop from Cake and Confetti.

 

Organize an Outdoor Dinner Party

Everyone thinks they key to a great outdoor dinner party is the food. Of course it’s important to have some amazing food, but I think a fabulous table set up is just as important!

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Your table could be something chic like this elegant set up from Enchanted Home

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Or it can be something simple like this Farm to Table setup from Style me Pretty.

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Or you can set the mood with fun and colorful plates and utensils like these by Design Love Fest.

 

Make a Splash with a Pool Party

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The weather is usually pretty nice out here in LA, but we still have our super hot days in the summer! And what’s the best way to cool off? A pool party of course! I just did a post on the Cutest Swim Accessories For The Little Ones, which will be key for throwing your next pool party.

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Have you guys thrown any amazing outdoor parties this year?! Let me know in the comments!

Love,
T

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