With warm weather here it’s a great time to head outdoors and throw a Summer Party or event. If you are thinking of July 4th cookouts, family reunions, or any other reason under the sun to celebrate. Summer is the time to enjoy your yard or pool with family and friends.

Here are a few ideas for a traditional backyard bbq or Summer time party everyone can enjoy.
The Food– Have guests bring a side dish or dessert for a potluck style meal. You could even ask each family to bring an item to grill. Hamburgers, hotdogs, steaks, summer sausage, shrimp or chicken on skewers. Potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, iced tea or lemonade, chips and dip,garden veggie trays and fresh fruit platters. Watermelon is a must for a summer party!  Desserts like homemade ice cream , make your own sundaes, or decorate your own cupcakes are fun and easy.   

The Activities-Have games set up like horseshoes, frisbee, or badmitton.
Break out some bubbles or water balloons for the kids. Have a card table for a late night poker game outdoors for adults.
Hang up a sheet and rent or borrow a projector for an outdoor movie night. Dance under the stars. If you have a pool or hot tub make it a Pool Party!  You could even have a glow pool party with glow sticks and necklaces.   

The Decor-Light it up with tiki torches, String white christmas lights and place tea light candles everywhere for an afternoon party atmosphere. Use fresh flowers from your garden or wildflowers placed in vases. Go all out and throw a Hawaiian themed party with leis, seashells, and tropical drinks.  Make your party patriotic themed including fireworks after dark.