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Simple Summer Party Ideas

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Simple summer party ideas with effortless recipes and tips for stress free entertaining. A perfect summer party guide to wow your guests with little effort.

Simple summer party ideas with effortless recipes and tips for stress free entertaining. A perfect summer party guide to wow your guests with little effort.

Summer Party Ideas

One thing I love but don’t do often enough is entertaining. It’s so fun gathering family and friends in the comforts of your home with all of the conveniences, too. I’m so excited to share some simple summer party ideas with you today!

bumble bee summer party with bee embroidered napkins, honey lemonade and beehive cakelets

Summer Party Basics

As a hostess, I want to ensure my get togethers are fun and relaxing for guests and myself. It’s important to not only consider decor, food and pretty table settings, but home maintenance as well.

We have already experienced some really hot days in the midwest this summer, so I’m sharing some party prep tips for your home today as well.

summer party ideas with honey lemonade, honey lemon cakes, lemon shortbread cookies

Summer Party Prep:

  • Prior to your guests arriving, be sure your air conditioner is ready to handle the heat. Guests entering in and out of your home frequently can put a strain on your unit. To ensure your air conditioning is functioning at its best for your summer party, inspect the unit for damage and clear any debris. You can get more ideas here. If it isn’t running properly, we have a warranty, which has come in handy on several occasions and saved us money.bee themed summer party
  • Replace your air filters monthly in the summer to keep your air conditioner running flawlessly and offer a cool place for your guests to retreat to. honey bee themed summer party ideas
  • A half hour before guests arrive, turn down your AC. learn how to arrange flowers with this simple centerpiece tutorial
  • Did you know you should clean your refrigerator coils? It’s quick and easy to do to keep it running properly to ensure that you have plenty of ice and a place to store food until guests arrive. Your refrigerator won’t have to work as hard to keep the contents at the appropriate temperature. You can learn how here with these tips from AHS. summer table setting pictures
  • Check your dishwasher as well – no one wants to hand wash dishes after a large get together!

Summer Party Ideas and Tips:

The theme for this summer soirée is the bees knees. It doesn’t take much to create a theme, just a few simple details including simple eats and drinks.

  • Offer bug spray and sunscreen if you plan to entertain outdoors. I usually set up a side table for convenience. easy entertaining - simple summer party tips
  • A signature drink like this honey lemonade makes refreshing drinks quick and easy in self serve pitchers. naturally sweetened honey lemonade recipe with just 2 ingredients in 60 seconds
  • Make a cheese board in lieu of hor d’oeuvres – it can be made ahead and is great for grazing! I usually include 1-2 soft cheeses, 1-2 hard cheeses, preserves, nuts and crostini or crackers.summer party ideas - a simple cheese board
  • Get everything you need from your local grocer or personal garden! This centerpiece was made with grocery store flowers and a few fresh cut herbs. rose, peony and herb centerpiece | simple summer party
  • Make themed desserts using your favorite recipe and cookie stamps or a cake pan that coordinates with your theme. bee themed summer party with honey lemon beehive cakes pretty summer party ideas

summer table setting photos

Summer Party Decorating

In addition to a few fresh accents, I use my everyday favorites like classic white dishes that are dishwasher safe, gold flatware and vintage brass candlesticks to create a memorable table setting.

summer party with a beehive theme

summer table setting photos

Being prepared for guests makes hosting a summer party memorable and stress-free. What are your favorite tips?

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43 comments on “Simple Summer Party Ideas”

  1. Great Read– I just made a honey-do list for my husband– Filters, Coils, AC- Check!
    Also love the bee cookie stamps!!!

  2. I can’t get over how gorgeous this party is!!! Our AC died when we had all our out of town family and friends at our house before our wedding- it was awful! Wish I would have thought of this kind of thing back then.

  3. Your napkins are adorable – where did you get them?

  4. I love the idea of having sunscreen and bug spray on a side table! Why haven’t I thought of that before?! Beautiful centerpiece, so soft and inviting for a summer gathering!

  5. Hi Julie,
    LOVE your blog!!! Would you be so kind as to tell where you obtained the adorable “bee” dinner napkins?
    Many thanks,

  6. These are such great tips! And I have to say–we’re currently showing our home for sale, and the AC tips are great! We’ll turn our AC down right before showings now–great tip!
    And I’m obsessed with this honey lemonade!

  7. Beautiful ideas and great tips. I always forget to turn my air conditioning down before we have people over.

  8. Wow, what great ideas! I can’t wait to entertain this summer and I will defiantly be serving my guests honey lemonade– it looks delicious!

  9. This tablescape is GORGEOUS!!!

  10. Beautiful table setting. I adore the bee napkins!

  11. Love the cookie stamps! Can you share a link for purchase?

  12. Julie, it’s beautiful and I love the theme! I always look forward to your table settings.

  13. Hi Julie, it’s all lovely as always… you make everything seem possible. Several women loved the napkins, as do I, yet you did’nt mention where you found them, are you able to share with us? Blessings, Cheryl

  14. Great tips and living in FL the a/c is on constantly! Beautiful setting as always too!

  15. I absolutely adore this Julie! PINNING!!! Gorgeous photos too!

  16. Such great tips, I honestly never thought about some of them! I love the theme of your party, everything looks so beautiful!

  17. Thanks Julie, I looked again at the posts and saw that you had shown where you purchased them, I apologize for my oversight, you’re a darling to not have mentioned it. ????

  18. Oh, fiddle de de… I just found it by wandering around your other post ! You are so patient, thank goodness.

  19. These are great tips. I wouldn’t have thought of some of these details. Your table setting is beautiful, too.

  20. This is a great post filled with gorgeous pictures and useful tips!

  21. This is such a gorgeous party theme for so many occasion!! Love the details!

  22. Great tips and stunning as always, Julie! I completely agree with turning down the A/C before people arrive. That’s one I usually forget about until it’s already insanely hot in our house.

  23. This is so pretty, Julie; and great tips!

  24. This is one lovely table. Absolutely everything about it, beautiful!

  25. One of my favorite table settings! The honey / bee theme is PERFECTION! #obsessed

    xo Michael

  26. This is such a sweet and lovely theme! It’s already giving me ideas for our next annual garden party in 2018! Your blog is perfect 🙂

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