Summer Entertaining Ideas: From Tropical Themes to 4th of July Fun!

As the weather brightens and warms up, you can also see the summer party season on the horizon! So, here we are with a roundup of summer celebration posts that will surely heat up your summer entertaining. See decorating inspiration and food to favor ideas for outdoor “fun in the sun” gatherings—like a Father’s Day luau, a tiki time bash, and a poolside housewarming party. Plus, fabulous 4th of July party ideas. Get your shades, kick of those flip flops, and let the sunshine in!

Father’s Day Luau Party

Father's Day Luau Theme

With the summer sun scorching, even Dad will appreciate a surprise Father’s Day Luau Party by the pool! Deck the outdoor venue with tropical-themed decorations—from signs, to bunting, surfboards large and small, mini tiki torches for the guest tables, and a tiki bar (see more ideas on this below)!

Create centerpieces and place cards featuring tropical blooms, natural materials, and fresh fruits. And serve guests a tropical Father’s Day cookout menu including island-inspired dishes, chilled drinks, and frozen desserts.

Tiki Time Party by the Pool

Summer Tiki Party Invites

Another perfect poolside event would be a sun-sational Tiki Party built around the iconic Polynesian wood carving. The main feature would be a tiki bar set up in a backyard hut, serving cocktails and juices infused with tropical fruits. And a food buffet offering guests flavorful tiki bar appetizers and enticing piña colada desserts!

Housewarming Pool Party Inspiration

Housewarming pool party entertaining

Talk about inviting! What better way to welcome guests to your new home this summer than with a Poolside Housewarming Party? The decorating possibilities are definitely cool—from outdoor garden sets and patio furniture, to bar carts and lawn umbrellas, and even playful pool floaties to laze around in. It’s also an ideal event for a “splashback” Retro-themed ‘50s Pool Party everyone is sure to enjoy!

Patriotic 4th of July Party Ideas

July 4th Entertaining Ideas

The biggest summer holiday calls for celebration, too! Bring on “everything Americana” with a palette of red, white, and blue—whether you’re hosting a July 4th-themed wedding rehearsal dinner with quick and easy decorating ideas or a 4th of July-inspired birthday party.

Whatever the occasion, showcase that patriotic flair in creative tablescapes, in a themed beverage station, and down to the party essentials that pay homage to the Stars and Stripes.

Featured Favor Packaging Idea

Wine bottle wrapping

For any special occasion this summer, you can’t go wrong with giving mini wine bottle party favors as stylish favors you can drink—using silky organza wraps with pearl-tipped ties! Just choose which color suits your party palette. Aside from the lovely lilac shown, we have these in pink, orange, aqua, red, fuchsia, and olive.

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