Party Prep: One Last Summer Bash

posted: 08/22/17
by: Katie Morton
Multi ethnic hipsters all gathered around taking a group selfie at a summer BBQ.


Summer is all about relaxing and having fun. With a few weeks left on the summer calendar, you still have time to plan the perfect summer bash. Here are our pro tips for how to throw the best late-summer bash!

1. Think of Your Theme

Think theme parties are just for kids? Think again! Pro party planners know that choosing a party theme can help you with important details such as decor, menus, and music.

Your theme can be as simple as Sangria and Seafood for six or as elaborate as a neighborhood-wide Summer Country Hoedown. Watermelons as a party theme? Why not! Brainstorm ideas based on your space and guest list and then have fun with it.

2. Select a Seasonal Summer Menu

The best part of summer entertaining is how many fresh ingredients you have to choose from. Seasonal fresh veggies and produce are ripe, delicious, and easy to cook with. Embrace the natural flavors of summer for a gorgeous, enticing menu.

Summer berries, tomatoes, corn, and fresh herbs all peak during summer months. Shop your local farmers' market for inspiring menu ideas. For summer entertaining, it's best to choose menu items that can be prepped ahead of time, so that you don't have to slave away in a hot kitchen on party day.

If you're not much of a fan of cooking, then invite your guests to bring potluck dishes.

3. Mix Up Fresh Summer Cocktails

Summer libations can be as simple as microbrews in the bottle or as fancy as magnums of champagne. Whether you host an outdoor open bar or ask guests to BYOB is up to your budget. Summer drinks should be as easy as your menu. Iced down beer and wine in pretty, galvanized containers are simple crowd-pleasers. Looking for a fun, drink-serving idea that can double as late night fun--reach for water balloon ice buckets!

If you can swing it, it's always fun to serve a themed signature drink to complement your menu. Tangy margaritas and fruit-filled sangria are quintessential, summer drink options. Each of these colorful, summertime favorites can be pre-mixed and set out the day of the party in attractive drink dispensers.

4. Pick Rockin' Music

If you have the room and budget, then hiring a DJ is a sure-fire way to make sure the dance floor stays packed. For a more casual gathering, online streaming music offers custom playlist options. Check out "Summer Party" or "The Cookout" on Spotify for instant, entertaining sounds.

5. Choose Party-Ready Decor and Lighting

Citronella candles act as simple summer party lights and bug deterrents. If you're around the pool or patio, string party lights for ambience. Check out Amazon's selection of stringable party lights.

Your summer party color palette should take its cue from your theme. Summer is the best time for bright primary colors. Choose your floral accents, place settings, and other decor based on the color combos that speak to you.

6. The Day of: Time to Party!

The day of the party is here -- time to set the table, prep the last minute food, and ice down your drinks. Allow enough time to get dressed in a smashing party outfit and make yourself look fiesta-ready. Have fun toasting to the end of summer!

There's still time to celebrate sunny days and steamy summer nights with a last minute bash. With our planning tips, you and your guests will have a blast at your late summer party.