10 Creative Summer Party Ideas For Easy Entertaining

If you don’t have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Now that it’s summer and I have my garden weeded, deck cleaned and my patio set up the way I like it, I love to entertain outside. There’s so much less mess to clean up afterwards!

And for me, the less work the better!

Plus when it’s so hot outside, I don’t feel like spending a bunch of time sweating (literally) over the details, so I have come up with some tried and true summer party ideas that are easy to set up but still look good.

Keep reading to see my list of creative summer party ideas for easy entertaining.

Float Candles

Float candles in a birdbath | 10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

If you have a birdbath in your garden, add some floating candles* to it for a really easy summer party decoration that looks really pretty.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

If you don’t have floating candles, the tealights that come in the clear plastic containers* work just as well.

Float Flowers

Float flowers | 10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Floating single flowers in water is a really inexpensive way to have real flowers for your summer party decor. Especially if you’re lucky enough to have some growing in your garden.

Just cut the stems really short and plop them in some water.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

With more upright flowers, like roses, it usually works best in a glass or vase since the sides will help to keep the flower standing upright.

But if you have daisies or other flat flowers, they could float in your birdbath along with the candles.

Keep The Bugs Out

Cupcake liners keep the bugs out | 10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Upside down cupcake liners are a great way to keep the bugs out of your drinks. They come in many colors and patterns that look pretty as well as being functional.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

I find that the metallic liners* work the best because they keep their shape. And the gold happens to go really well with these gold highball glasses*.

To make these:

You will need to make sure you have cake liners that are a little bigger than the top of the glass.

Flatten the cupcake liner | 10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Start by flattening the cupcake liner out.

Punch a hole for the straw | 10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Then fold over one side far enough that a hole punch can reach into the center of the cupcake liner…but not too far, or you’ll end up punching a hole in the folded part, too (like I did below).

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Then fit the cupcake liner over the top of the glass, and push the sides down so that it stays on.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Add the straw, and your drinks will be bug-free for the rest of the evening.

Create a Faux Flower Centerpiece

Faux flower center piece | 10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

It may seem a bit of place that someone who loves gardening is recommending faux flowers for a summer party!

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

But you can set them up ahead of time and don’t have to worry about watering them. Which makes them really easy to use. For this table I used faux blue and white hydrangeas.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Pair them with a few candles in mercury glass candle holders* and you have a stunning centerpiece that also prevents the umbrella pole from being the center of attraction (always a bonus!)

Use a Wine Cooler

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

One of my favorite outdoor party accessories is this wine cooler/decanter*.

 

Just add ice to the center tube and it keeps your wine cold without watering it down…and there’s no running back and forth to the fridge!

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Of course, depending on how much your friends drink, you may need more than one 🙂

Provide Shade With Multiple Umbrellas

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

I have to admit that I was never a fan of outdoor umbrellas. Until I had lunch on an outdoor patio in New Orleans a couple of years ago…and the restaurant had their whole courtyard covered with green and white umbrellas. It was so pretty!

When I got home, I decided to try the idea on my own patio and I love it there, too!

Not only do the umbrellas provide shade, but you can change out the umbrella covers to match your color scheme…like I did for the Alice in Wonderland party above and my 4th of July party below.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

I always get tons of compliments!

Match The Tablecloth With The Umbrella

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Speaking of umbrellas, another easy summer party idea is to match your table cloth color with the umbrella color. If you don’t want to have to think too much about the table settings, this is a no-brainer 🙂

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

And if you want to go all out, the dishes and outdoor rug can match, too.

It automatically pulls the whole table together and makes it feel like a special occasion.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

I used this idea for my Alice in Wonderland party also. It was a big hit!

Hang Flame-less Candles From Bushes

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Hanging flame-less candles* in terrarium candle holders* from the bushes and tree branches is one of my favorite ways to decorate outside.

They look magical when it starts to get dark.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Use the candles with timers to make it easy for yourself. They turn on at the same time every day and turn off automatically 6 hours later.

Serve Berries with Whipped Coconut Cream

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

I love berries this time of year! For a summer party, they are the perfect refreshing dessert.  And they are really easy to make.

If you would like to make the coconut whipped cream, pour a can of coconut cream into a mixing bowl.

Add a little sugar or Stevia if you want to sweeten it.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Then use a mixer to blend it until it thickens (usually a couple of minutes).

Refrigerate it for a couple of hours and it’s ready to use.

Use Blue And White Ginger Jars for Vases

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I have a lot of these blue and white ginger jars. I love them!

Although most of the time, they are decor on my shelves, I do really like to use them for vases whenever I have fresh flowers.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

Plus they look good with pretty much any type of flower arrangement from a simple one with only 3 stems of hydrangeas.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

To pink roses with baby’s breath.

10 Creative Summer Party Ideas for easy entertaining | If you don't have a lot of time to spend decorating your backyard, these creative summer party ideas are fast and easy to do but still look beautiful.

To the red, white and blue arrangement from my 4th of July table.

Those are my top 10 summer party ideas that are so easy to do even the lazy entertainer (like me!) will be able to pull them off. Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration for your next summer get-together.

Do you have your own easy summer party ideas? Tell us in the section below.

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