Summer Party Decorating IdeasJillian Capewell
Gorgeous Invitations 1 of 20Planning the shindig of the summer? Build the buzz by sending out these super-stylish printed invites — way better than the modern-day Facebook evite!
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Hanging Streamers and Lights 2 of 20Create the illusion of an outdoor “ceiling” by stringing some streamers and lights above your table. A little mood lighting never hurt, right?
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Star Medallions 3 of 20If you’re all red-white-and-blued out, choose cotton prints with different patterns and colors to brighten up any daytime party.
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French Bistro Furniture 4 of 20Feel as inspired as Hemingway or Sartre as you take in the sounds of the summer on these adorable French bistro chairs — they even come kid-sized.
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Picnic Table for Kids 5 of 20Never has sitting at the kids’ table been so cool!
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Vintage Place Cards 6 of 20Repurpose old postcards by turning them into “vintage place cards” for each guest at your table.
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Vintage-Style Glass Bottles 7 of 20These chic milk bottles can do double-duty as vases or water carafes for an outdoor soirÃ©e.
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Paper Parasol Topiaries 8 of 20You could stick those little umbrellas in drinks ... but why not use them to make an impressive (but easy) centerpiece your guests will love?
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Pizza Peels 9 of 20These handy platters are perfect for serving pizzas, cheese, or fruit — just cut it all up in the kitchen and carry it outside!
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Ice Cream Cups 10 of 20We can’t think of a cuter, more summer-y way to serve ice cream to your guests. These cheery cups and spoons just make us smile.
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Summer Pie Plate 11 of 20Relying on the ice-cream man for dessert? Not anymore — this beautiful serving plate will put you in the mood to dish out fresh fruit pies every night.
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Rainbow Straws 12 of 20Sometimes it’s all about the details. Kids — and big kids — will love popping these multicolored straws in their smoothies.
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Colorful Serving Trays 13 of 20These bike- and pennant-decorated melamine trays come summer-ready — the bright colors are just begging for a batch of cupcakes to show off.
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Slate Drink Labels 14 of 20Always mixing up the water and the club soda? These lovely reusable labels make sure everyone gets what they want in their glass.
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Ruffled Streamers 15 of 20Transform plain-old crepe paper into professional-looking garlands with just one easy tool!
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Accordion Lanterns 16 of 20Hung together, these light and airy paper lanterns will transform your backyard into a whimsical summer wonderland.
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Solar-Powered Party Lights 17 of 20No outlet in the backyard? No problem — all these Ikea lights need is a little charge in the sun
(don’t we all?).
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Life Preserver Welcome Sign 18 of 20Set a fun and relaxed tone for your party with a welcome sign people can’t help but smile at.
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Picnic Kit 19 of 20If you’re hosting a small and intimate party, this picnic kit is a cute, stress-free way to enjoy
an outdoor meal.
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Roll-Up Picnic Blanket 20 of 20Let the kids have a picnic on the grass while the grown-ups eat at the table. This pretty poppy blanket will keep their outfits free from grass stains (more or less).
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