Summer is the perfect time to throw a party. Not only is school out, making it (slightly) easier to get everyone together, but with no homework, there's ample time to plan. Plus, the warm weather makes it an ideal time to plan an outdoor get-together with all of your friends.
And while the 4th of July might seem like the pinnacle of summer celebrations, it's certainly not the end of seasonal festivities. That's why we put together 10 party ideas that are sure to keep the fun going all summer long. Whether you're gathering your besties before you all head off to different colleges in the fall, or are simply happy to see each other outside the halls of your high school, these parties are guaranteed good vibes...and 'grams.
Sure, not all of us have an easily accessible pool (though if you do, this idea's a no-brainer.) If you can't make it to a full-sized swimming hole, though, an inflatable kiddie pool and some floatie flamingo coasters (the mini version of #swangoals) will make for a fun, whimsical get-together.
Sure, Chipotle has chorizo now, but it's hard to beat making your own quesadillas or tacos at home. And since it's summer, you can replace those post-sports-practice burrito bowl runs by turning it into a full-fledged friend affair by hosting a do-it-yourself taco night. Fancy salsas, a variety of cheeses, and all the guacamole, as well as the rest of your favorite toppings will keep everyone happy.
Outdoor Movie party
We all love a movie night with friends, and with the warm weather, you can move it outside into the backyard. While you can certainly purchase your own projector and screen, you can also have your besties chip in to rent everything you need for the night. After that, it's just a matter of gathering everyone's favorite snacks for a night under the stars.
Picnic in the Park
When you can't make it to the beach, the park is basically the next best thing. (Or better. Hello? No sand.) So why not have a picnic and make a real meal of it - instead of just stashing some Goldfish in your bag? The great thing about picnic food is that it can be super easy and require no cooking at all. Check out Epicurious's tips for the best treats to fill your basket.
Take advantage of the weather by hosting a field day for your friends. Split into teams (a fun opportunity for theme dressing, too) and play games like capture the flag, tug of war, and touch football. Keep everyone refreshed and hydrated with infused lemonades, like these ones from Lauren Conrad. Think of them like a chicer, less sugary version of Gatorade.
Outdoor Dinner Party
Set up a table in the backyard, plan a menu, and invite your closest friends. For a unique tablescape, decorate with found items from nature (AKA the flowers from your mom's garden and fallen branches from your favorite tree). As the sun goes down, keep things lit with tea lights that illuminate the table but maintain an intimate, cozy vibe against the dark summer sky.
The barbecue is a summer classic for a reason. Let's be real, no one can resist a burger, hot dog, or even some veggies hot off the grill. Take your bbq to the next level by making everything customizable. Have everyone bring their favorite toppings and create a DIY bbq buffet. Different cheeses, sauces, condiments, veggies, and more, will make for some exciting - and delicious - creations.
Sure, it might seem counterintuitive to drink hot tea in hot weather, but did you know it can actually help you cool down? Plus, we don't know anyone who can resist a tea party. Encourage your guests to dress in their garden best, stock up on finger foods, and create an Alice in Wonderland-worthy gathering.
Ice Cream Party
Is there anything better in the summer than eating, well, way too much ice cream? We think not. So host a throwback make-your-own-sundae party a la elementary school. Get all your favorite toppings (crushed oreos, gummy worms, chocolate syrup, etc.) and go completely crazy. Hey, it is summer after all. Bonus: make these amazing ice cream bowls for an out-of-this-world dessert.
Summer Camp S'mores Party
Summer is basically the official season of s'mores. That's why you should most definitely invite your friends over to relive your camp days with a fire, some scary stories, and lots of marshmallows. And if you're looking for some outside-the-box ideas for your treats, look no further than these non-traditional s'mores that'll take your night to the next level.