10 Housewarming Party Tips

Here are ten ideas to make your housewarming party enjoyable for all.

Outdoor Entertaining

Take the party outside with expert tips for preparing your patio, deck or outdoor room. 

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Summer Cocktails

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Tom's Mellow Melon Margarita

Like its name promises, this fruity twist on the traditional margarita will leave you refreshed and feeling mellow. Get the recipe>>

Frozen Irish Banana

Want to feel as though you've escaped to the tropics without leaving home? Take a sip of this coconutty cooler and slip away. Get the recipe>>

Wed Wabbit

With an infusion of carrot juice, this Bloody Mary-esque drink feels downright healthy. (Well, almost.) Get the recipe>>


Oyster Bar Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary cocktails pair well with so many kinds of dishes. Many say the drink is a dish in itself. The lemon and lime juices in this version add a refreshing tartness. Get the recipe>>

The Steve-O 3-O Favo-O-Freeze

If you can say that name three times fast after drinking one of these, well, you need another! Can you spot the three Os in the ingredients? Get the recipe>>

The Frozen Texas Twister

When you want to blow people away and celebrate in true Lone Star style, use the best tequila in this frozen confection. Get the recipe>>

Hop Skip and Go Naked Punch

This beer punch will make your party guests cheer. Get the recipe>>


Frozen Margie-Cadorita

Guacamole and tortilla chips are the perfect amigos for margaritas, and this version includes guacamole's essential element. Get the recipe>>

Frozen Hurricane (N'Awlins Style)

Get ready to be wowed after sampling this pleaser from the Big Easy. Get the recipe>>

Texican Tailgate Cocoa Freeze

Craving hot chocolate but the temperature outside is 100 degrees in the shade? Consider cooling your guests off with this chilly drink. Get the recipe>>

Frozen Mint Julep

This is the perfect Southern way to celebrate and cool off this summer. Get the recipe>>

A Very Berry Brazilian

This delicious cocktail gets a little sweetness (and style) from muddled summer strawberries. Get the recipe>>

The Bloody Clam

This is a strong contender for the best Bloody Mary, a hearty drink with a hint of the sea. Get the recipe>>

Red, White and Blue

Show your patriotism this Fourth of July with our easy, festive recipes, crafts and games.

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Patriotic Party Tips

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Sparkling Favors

Instantly turn sparklers into placeholders or party favors with ribbon and paper tags. Remove the sparklers from their packaging, bunch them up, then tie them together with red, white and blue ribbon. Before tying and curling the ribbon ends with scissors, slide a hole-punched paper tag through one of the strands with your guests' names proudly on display. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Ring Toss

Gather your friends for a friendly game of ring toss. Customize your own set using patriotic colors. Get the full instructions here>>

Star-Shaped Beeswax Candles

With just a few materials and steps, you can make these festive beeswax candles to top your dessert, or use them in a centerpiece. Watch the video for easy step-by-step instructions>>

Patriotic Ombre Party Linens

Give your plain white placemats and napkins a modern and patriotic update. Dip-dye using red- and blue-colored dye for a stylish look that can be used all summer long. Get the full instructions here>>

Patriotic Refreshments

Think of cold beverages as a decorating opportunity. Chill berry-flavored bottled juices or sodas in metal tubs filled with ice for a creative and refreshing way to sneak in a few extra red, white and blue touches. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Flameless Party Crackers

Kids and adults alike will love playing with party crackers filled with their favorite treats. Make your own using toilet paper tubes, glue and crepe paper. Get the full instructions here>>

Red, White and Blue Picnic

Add a little romance to your Independence Day with a red, white and blue picnic. For a true designer look, introduce a mixture of patterns and textures through floor pillows, toss pillows and blankets. To delineate a portion of your picnic area as a serving space, layer a contrasting bath mat or small area rug in the center, then utilize the surrounding space for lounging. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Set a Festive Table

Set your outdoor table with red, white and blue dinnerware for a casual yet festive touch. Use a variety of different shapes and sizes to add interest to your table. Photo courtesy of Starboard Collection

Nautical Rope Wreath

This intricate knot is surprisingly easy to make. Incorporate embroidery floss in patriotic colors for an unexpected way to welcome guests to your party. Get the full instructions here>>

Photo By: Kristin Guy

Contemporary Patriotism

Who says Fourth of July decorating has to be all stars and stripes? Give your Independence Day decor a modern update by introducing red, white and blue through modern graphic patterns. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Sparkler Cake Toppers

Make a spectacle of your dessert presentation with cake sparklers. Keep in mind that safety is first; only use if your outdoor entertaining takes place in a wide open area. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Floral Table Linens

If you're throwing your party in a backyard, give it a garden theme while showing your patriotism. Mix oversized floral patterns with more contemporary patterns in red, white and blue. Photo courtesy of Hen House Linens

Party Topper Printables

Show your patriotic spirit by downloading and printing our festive party toppers. Download Free Party Circles Printable Here>>

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Wedding Inspiration

From the latest trends to dreamy DIY ideas, we have everything you need to walk down the aisle with summer style.

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Simple Party Planning

Impress guests with our stress-free party ideas, quick-and-easy recipes and simple decorations.

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Easy Appetizers

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Salmon Tartare in Baked Wonton Cups

Great for a hot summer day, this cool starter is refreshing and delicious. Fresh, healthy ingredients make this appetizer a great alternative to other heavier dishes. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Salmon Tartare in Baked Wonton Cups

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Chips and dip is always a party favorite, but for a variation on the classic standby, give eggplant chips a try. The beautiful color and sweet taste pair perfectly with fresh cilantro pesto. Image courtesy of What's Gaby Cooking

Recipe: Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Every good barbeque requires the perfect cheeseburger, and these flavorful baby cheeseburgers are perfect outdoor party fare. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy a delicious burger and still have room for dessert (and everything else)? Image courtesy of Picky Palate

Recipe: Bacon and Ranch Cajun Baby Cheeseburgers

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

It seems like such a pity to not take advantage of nature's bounty during the warmer months. Garden-fresh bell peppers are a must. This bell pepper and mozzarella combination could not get any easier, but sometimes the simplest recipes are also the most delightful. Image courtesy of The Italian Dish

Recipe: Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

Avocado Fries

Is it even possible to mess up an avocado? Plain, on a sandwich, in guacamole — however they are prepared, avocados simply can't help but be delicious. In fact, these avocado fries might just be too much of a good thing. Image courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen

Recipe: Avocado Fries

Whole Grain Roasted Garlic Bruschetta

Not many foods exist that are better than really delectable bread. So instead of looking for alternatives, why not simply add variety? This hearty bruschetta should do just the trick. Image courtesy of Picky Palate

Recipe: Whole Grain Roasted Garlic Bruschetta

Best Potato Salad

With so many different potato salad recipes to choose from, how can you be sure you have the best potato salad? Though taste buds are subjective, it is hard to imagine anything more delicious than just the right mix of pickles, dill and the pièce de résistance: whole-grain mustard. Image courtesy of Pink Basil

Recipe: Best Potato Salad

Spicy Shrimp Toast

Surprise your taste buds with this conglomeration of complementing flavors. Shrimp, chile, ginger and more star in this tasty appetizer that is sure to delight. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Spicy Shrimp Toast


Though the fresh chickpeas will need to be soaked overnight, the wait is the most difficult aspect of this dish. But take heart in the fact that soon you will be enjoying the creamy delight that only entirely homemade hummus can provide. Image courtesy of Sassy Radish

Recipe: Hummus

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salsa

When nature supplies such exquisite ingredients, it doesn't take much to make the perfect summer salsa. Fresh corn, tomatoes, onions and avocados come together for a mouthwatering result: the perfect party dish. Image courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen

Recipe: Fresh Corn and Avocado Salsa

Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

These flaky puffs are an ideal finger food, perfect for a party or even just a regular day at home. Cheesy and delicious, these yummy little morsels make a fantastic appetizer. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Smoked Gouda and Herb Puffs

Roasted Salsa

Grilled or broiled, a seared veggie is a flavorful veggie. And this roasted salsa takes advantage of the many delicious flavors summer has to offer. Image courtesy of Sassy Radish

Recipe: Roasted Salsa

Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Partygoers love a good dip, and a crab dip is perfect for summer soirées. Serve it on top of a garlic crostini, and it is bound to be a hit. Image courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon

Recipe: Creamy Lump Crab and Corn Dip

Amazing Deviled Eggs

Though deviled eggs are not strictly a warm-weather menu item, they certainly are party-pleasers (any time of the year!). To add an extra kick to the popular classic, sprinkle the finished product with smoked paprika. Image courtesy of Pink Basil

Recipe: Amazing Deviled Eggs

Throw a Garden Party

Pick up some ideas for throwing a charming outdoor party with stunning surroundings. 

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