How to Throw the Ultimate DIY Summer Party

How to Throw the Ultimate DIY Summer Party

If you're planning on throwing a big bash this season, but don't know where to start, we have you covered. Just read through these 7 tips for throwing the ultimate (DIY) summer party and you'll be ready for outdoor entertaining in no time. 


Photo: Smitten Studio

1. Have a seat. Having multiple seating options for guests, in different areas, both indoors and out, is a great way to encourage conversations and relaxation. No one wants to stand all day in the summer heat, right?

If you're looking for a DIY seating option, try these DIY built-in benches on for size.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

2. Made in the shade. Large patio umbrellas, like this setup from A Beautiful Mess, or a few lounge chairs underneath a shaded tree will help keep guests cool. Having space indoors for guests to hang out in an air conditioned space is a great option too.

Photo: The Kitchn

3. Keep it cool. Given the rising temperatures, this one is an absolute must. Be sure to have a variety of offerings too (water, soda, beer, wine, etc).

And if you want to be extra fancy, make thee DIY melon ball ice cubes for water and juices.

Photo: What's Gaby Cooking

4. Food for all. Along those same lines, classic summer foods like watermelon and corn on the cob always go over well. And to add a little something unexpected in the food department, try a DIY bruschetta bar, with grilled breads, meats, cheeses, etc.

Photo: Lovely Indeed

5. Bring on the games. A fun way to keep guests is entertained is with a game, like this DIY cornhole game idea.

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

6. Let there be light. Citronella candles and/or string lights help the outdoors feel cozy and atmospheric once the sun goes down. Check out this tutorial for how to create a party alcove with string lights.

Photo: ManMade

7. You're fired. A fire pit is a nice spot for s'mores and conversation. Check out this DIY fire put option, if you're in the mood to make your own.

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