Summer is the best time to throw a backyard bash for your family and friends.  Get ready to kick back and enjoy some fun in the sun.  Where to begin with the party planning?  Look no further - we put together our list of 5 summer party ideas and themes for kids and adults to help get your party planning started! Check out our Pinterest boards for some additional inspiration to make it your best summer party yet.

Along with a theme, the key to a great summer party is all the extras that go along with it!  We’re talking snapchat filters, DIY instagram frames/photo areas, party favors, and signature drinks, just to name a few! Here are our top 5 party themes & trends for summer 2017:

Luau

Bring the island vibes to your own backyard! Pineapples & flamingos are a trend for summer (pool floats, printed bikinis, sunglasses & more) and you can find decorations everywhere; key accessories for a luau. If you’re really looking to transport your guests to an island oasis, bring in some Hawaiian dancers (check out Aloha Hula NYC) to perform and teach some moves to your guests! Don’t forget to order your hawaiian pizza, set up a pina colada & frozen daiquiri bar, throw on your grass skirts & leis, and dance the night away!

All-Americana BBQ

It doesn’t just have to be 4th of July to have a red, white & blue, backyard picnic & BBQ. Have your favorite All-American foods (who can pass up a hot dog or hamburger?), as well as some s’mores around a bonfire.  For the adults, kick it up a notch with a boozy ice cream soda bar or popsicles (or both!) with an ice cream sundae bar for the kids. Cue up your nostalgia and book a cover band or DJ and have them only play classic hits!

Outdoor Movie Night

Easy! All you’ll need is a white wall (or sheet!), a projector and your favorite summer movie hits! Set up a popcorn machine and create the ultimate candy bar with all of your favorite treats.  Don’t forget some drinks for adults, (we’re suggesting vodka lemonades!). Let the kids decorate their own pillowcases or make an easy DIY blanket for the movie time.   The best part about outdoor movie night? You can make it a weekly event for family & friends!

Fiesta

Grab your cacti decorations and bright colors and spice up a Saturday night with a fiesta!  Set up a photo booth area and grab some maracas, sombreros, flowers and more.  Use a polaroid camera to have pictures ready for guests to take home.  Who wouldn’t love a make your own taco/nacho bar and margaritas on a hot summer night? Hire a Mariachi Band for some in house entertainment, music and dancing for all!

Backyard Carnival

What's more summer than a carnival? Create your own DIY ring toss with brightly colored bottles, set up a bean bag toss tournament and make sure to include a prize table for game winners!  You’ll want to have popcorn and cotton candy ready for the kids. Boozy sno cones for the adults? Yes please! As for entertainment, book a magician, face painter or a balloon twister!


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