Ahhh, summer … the season of endless days, pool and beach time, and cocktails with umbrellas in them. Is there anything better? We think not. And, while going out can be a blast, summer is a great time to throw a party in your own backyard. Think twinkle lights, a firepit, and s’mores. Oh, yeah! The only thing that’s better than a summer party is a themed summer party. Not that creative? We’ve got your back. Read this for fun theme party ideas for your summer shindigs.
Throw a Lovely Luau
You don’t have to be Hawaiian to enjoy a good luau, and dressing for them is so easy and fun. A Tipsy Elves Hawaiian shirt is the order of the day, but don’t forget your lei. Of course, the plastic ones will do just fine in a pinch, or you could go above and beyond and make your own lei. Hawaiian clothing is nothing if not colorful, so ladies should plan on making a statement with their nails.
As for food, just about anything goes. Don’t be painted into a corner by thinking you have to roast a pig on a spit. Besides, some people might not be too fond of seeing their favorite animal being roasted over the fire! A great option for appetizers could be teriyaki meatballs atop a slice of pineapple. Sweet and savory, they’ll satisfy the pickiest of palates. Pulled pork is another tried and true fave with a Hawaiian flair. Channel your inner-Martha Stewart and serve some cinnamon sugar cookies or set up a snow cone bar with your own snow cone maker.
Go Minute to Win It
Remember the old game show? It may not be on anymore but plenty of people use it for inspiration for raucous parties. Your competitive friends will love quick but fun physical games that can be performed in your kitchen or your own backyard. From Suck It Up (kids love anything that involves M&Ms) and Mad Dog to Card Ninja and Sticky Situation, Minute to Win It gets everyone in on the shenanigans. Of course, there’s no themed attire for this kind of party, but you do probably want to wear something that allows you to move easily. Still want to look cute? Girls, we totally get that. Try a sassy jumpsuit!
A pool party is just good, clean fun so, if you’re one of the lucky ones who own a pool, throw a shindig to remember. Go light on food (bites and apps are perfect for busy swimmers) and as cheeky as you want on cocktails (think drinks served in coconuts!). Of course, safety is always first, so make sure you don’t invite too many guests that it gets chaotic, watch the alcoholic drinking, and make sure to have a First Aid kit on hand.
No pool? No problem! Raid the water aisle at Target and pick up a bunch of super soakers and water balloons and let the kids go crazy. Rewind the clock to the 1970s and put up the sprinkler! Throw out a Wham-O slip ‘n’ slide and load it up with bubbles. You can even blow up a kiddie pool for the wee ones. Blow your kids’ minds with this super fun water balloon piñata. The ideas for whimsical water fun are really endless, and the perfect way to beat the scorching summer heat.
Incite Movie Mania
If you have a projector, you can do this on your own. If not, there are plenty of companies that will bring their inflatable movie screens to your backyard for the event. They’ll often even bring a popcorn maker to create the authentic movie feel we all love. Have kids bring their sleeping bags and/or chairs. Or make it an adult-only event, complete with blankets, picnic baskets, a good comedy or Rom/Com, and everyone’s favorite bottle of wine. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a movie under the stars.
Take your party from ordinary to extraordinary by following these summer theme party ideas.