5 Summer Party Planning Tips

Celebrate the summer season with these 5 simple summer party planning tips!

1. Preparation is everything. Plan out your menu, decor and entertainment weeks in advance. Nothing adds more stress on the hostess than a last-minute run to the store while your guests are on their way! Here are some darling {free} party planning printables I found from A Pair of Pears:

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Click here to view and download the entire collection.

2. Keep it simple. (my mantra!) You don’t have to spend a fortune or go crazy for a summer party. Unlike fancy winter parties, keep it casual and everyone will have more fun. Your menu can be just as simple as packing a picnic: bite-size appetizers, tasty sandwiches, yummy salads and cool desserts. Those foods are good for guests of all ages! Need ideas for some sandwiches besides the everyday PB&J? I’ve got you covered:

Amazing Sandwich RecipesClick HERE to see them all

3. Presentation counts. You don’t have to be an amazing party stylist to make your party look fabulous, but little details can go a long way! Simply removing your store-bought foods from their packaging and adding them to your favorite dishes can make all the difference. Wrap those sandwiches in fun scrapbook paper and tie with a ribbon, use tiered display stands or cute baskets for your appetizers and serve individual salads in Mason jars. It doesn’t have to take ALL of your time, but a few extra minutes of preparations can really set a fun mood and leave the guests talking!

summer partySource: Salad in Mason Jars from Food for My Family … Wrapped Sandwiches from Kara’s Party Ideas … Cupcake Stands from Blue Cricket Design

4. Don’t forget the appetizers. Even the simplest spread of chips and dips can welcome party guests and break the ice while you wait for everyone to arrive.  I think appetizers are my favorite part of the party. I love to prepare them, and bite-sized snacks are among my favorite things to eat.  One of my go-to appetizers are these Cream Cheese Roll Ups:

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Click HERE for the recipe for this simple appetizer.

5. Think “Bright, Bold, Fresh and Cold”. When planning your decor, you can never go wrong with bright, bold colors in the summer. And this color palate makes things super simple on you, the hostess. Your linens and dishes don’t even have to match as long as they coordinate with bursts of color. Grab a brightly-colored tablecloth and vibrant vases with fresh flowers.  Take advantage of fresh summer favorites- watermelon wedges, lemonade, simple fruit salads etc. No need to slave over a hot stove or oven- keep it cool with cold, refreshing foods that don’t get any easier to prepare. Here are some of my favorite summer recipes:

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Cherry Lemonade SlushCreamy Pasta SaladStrawberry Cheesecake Frozen YogurtWatermelon on a Stick

AND ONE MORE TIP, just ’cause I love ya’! Try investing in some neutral-colored dishes that you can use over and over again! Then, all you have to do is switch up your linens or paper goods to coordinate with your party theme.

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I recently purchased these fabulous Better Homes and Gardens porcelain dinner dishes at WalMart. I love how versatile these are!

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I also got some basic flatware that can look both fancy or casual- depending on the theme of my party.

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Better Homes and Gardens fabulous new porcelain dinner dishes are available exclusively at Walmart.  Whether you are preparing for a bridal/baby shower, graduation soiree or Sunday brunch, you can incorporate the BHG @ Walmart dishes into the mix! Follow BHG @ Walmart on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and visit their website for more details.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BHG @ Walmart. I was sent a gift card to purchase a new set of porcelain dinner dishes from BHG. All opinions are 100% my own.

Stephanie
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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    What a great planning tool! Thank you for sharing. I’d love for you to share it with others. I’d like to invite you to our Organize Me! Sizzlin’ Summer Link Up Party at Get Your Crap Together!

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