5 Ideas for Summer Entertaining Made Easy

Take your outdoor summer soiree from just fun to fun-tastic with these 5 clever ideas.
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Long summer days and entertaining go hand-in-hand. After all, we might as well celebrate the extra hours of sunlight by kicking back with a few of our favorite people while enjoying a refreshing cocktail and tasty nibbles. Take your summer soiree from just fun to, ahem, funtastic with these 5 clever ideas.

Set Up a Popcorn Bar

Mobile Vessel

Mobile Vessel

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Flynnside Out Productions

Whether due to food sensitivities or picky palates, serving a crowd-pleasing snack that won’t bust your budget can be tough. Enter the serve-yourself popcorn bar. Lactose- and gluten-free, air-popped popcorn is a low-cal/high-fiber snack that most everyone enjoys. Pair freshly-popped kernels with sweet and savory toppings and let guests help themselves.

Treat Guests to a Self-Serve Popcorn Bar

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Popcorn: Always a Crowd-Pleaser

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Craft These (Cute!) Cones

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Portable Presentation

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A Tisket, A Tasket, Serve Popcorn in a Basket

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Set Out Serveware

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Don't Forget the Sweet Stuff

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Shake It On

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Try Boozy Frozen Desserts

RECIPE: Red Wine Strawberry Sorbet

RECIPE: Red Wine Strawberry Sorbet

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What would summer be without a frosty frozen dessert? And, what’s a party without a few adult beverages? Combine the two and beat the heat with this refreshing red wine sorbet.

Make an (Easy!) Centerpiece

Springtime Serving Vessels

Springtime Serving Vessels

A beautiful centerpiece makes any get-together feel more special, but they can be pricey. No worries, we have 10 ideas for DIY-ing a florist-worthy centerpiece on the cheap, like this bright arrangement featuring wildflowers and citrus slices.

11 Creative DIY Centerpieces

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Think Beyond the Florist

Springtime Serving Vessels

Flowers for Free

Repurpose Old Paint Cans

Magnolia Leaves + Faux Berries = An Arrangement That'll Last

Antique Glassware

Farm to Table

Silver Service

Vegetable Arrangement

Candy Colors

Baby's Breath

Just Add Party Games

How to Make a Corn Hole Game From Pallets

How to Make a Corn Hole Game From Pallets

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Backyard games are a surefire way to break the ice between guests who may be meeting for the first time. Badminton, croquet, bocce or horseshoes are all safe bets — or, using basic woodworking skills and our instructions, you can turn a wood pallet into a DIY game.

Learn to Take Your Party Anywhere

Wheel Barrel Cooler

Wheel Barrel Cooler

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We all equate tailgates with fall football season, but kids’ soccer games and long summer days spent at the beach or lake are equally good times to take the party on the road.

10 Tips for Hosting a Winning Tailgate Party

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Party Like an All-Star

Provide Collapsible Seating

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Keep Guests Cozy

Turn a Wheelbarrow Into a Mobile Cooler

Label Menu Items

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Chili A Go-Go

S'mores on a Stick

Game-Time Favors

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Party-Proof Your Serving Containers

Serve Snacks Singly

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