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…


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!



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.


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.


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.


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!


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