There’s more to a summer party than just throwing some cool snacks on a plate and looking good in a swimsuit. You should also make sure that your pool’s chlorine levels are not too high, for example, although that’s not what this article is about! As you can imagine, summer’s warmer and longer days lend themselves perfectly for a more colorful and festive mood, and your social events should reflect this well.
We’ve collected some of our favorite DIY summer party decorations on a budget from around the internet and listed them in this article for you to get inspired and throw a bash like none of your guests have seen before. We tried sticking as close a possible to the idea of “less is more”, but some of them were so cool that, despite being a little more complex than the rest, are still great suggestions for someone trying to wow visitors. Let’s get decorating!
Turn a pool party into a beachside bash
If you’d like all the fun of being at a beach party with all the convenience of staying at home, you can with only a few props and some elbow grease. For this theme, you’ll want to keep the focus on your pool as the central attraction of the whole event, and work up from there. First of all, get some floating coolers, float beds, a few rafts, and assorted inflatable toys for the people hanging out inside the pool, making it as attractive as possible for people and letting the swimmers feel as a true part of the event. Meanwhile, make some seating areas and snack tables for the landlubbers, prioritizing seafood and tropical fruits.
For the music, don’t go for stereotypical ukulele and surf rock affair; instead, just play out the season’s most popular bangers to keep everyone invested and not rolling their eyes. If the party’s at night, focus colorful nights over the dancefloor, pool, and snack tables.
Get a BBQ theme going on
No matter the size of your event, everyone’s going to love the feeling of being in a backyard BBQ like the ones from their childhood. Set up a few tables and cover them with red-checkered picnic mantles, then get some derelict round grills and breathe new life into them by storing all your beers and drinks in them. That is a novelty, but it’s sure to get a few laughs, and people will like how they don’t have to bend over just to grab a cold one. If you want to push the “BBQ dad” angle up to eleven, get an apron for every guest with phrases such as “Kiss the Cook,” “Hot Stuff” and “We Be Grillin’,” amongst other fatherly classics.
In this scenario, snacks are super easy, since all you need is a few bowls of chips (refill them as necessary) and whatever finger food you like, such as small sandwiches and dips. The main course, however, has to be a freshly grilled hamburger or hot dog for everyone!
Put some color on Mexican Fiesta
Bright colors and delicious food as far as the eye can see! Despite how simple it might seem, there’s a fine balance between fun and tacky when it comes to running a Mexican theme over your fiesta. First things first, you have to use a wide variety of Mexican-themed decorations, all very colorful and authentic-looking, because no one has ever had fun at a kind of Mexican party. We’re talking about sarape table covers, small cactus centerpieces, paper hangers, piñatas, garlands, the whole shebang, spread out over the whole place. Adding a nacho bar and margarita station will make sure that guests can take care of their own snacks and booze while you take car of other hosts duties. For food, tacos are a must, and the great thing is that if you leave the ingredients at a table, people will make their own!
Go Mediterranean with a wine tasting party
Not every summer party has to be an absolute blowout of color, noise, and fatty foods. You can have an excellent time talking with friends and sipping wine on a warm summer afternoon with minimal, tasteful decorations. Get a large enough table that no one has to get up for anything (except bathroom breaks, of course), and a variety of wines that has everything from a large Chardonnay to a deep red Cabernet, and the champion of summer wines, the pinot noir. This is because you’re going to be exploring different pairings with a charcuterie board, a cheese platter, and different fruits (such as figs, dates, etc.). If night falls, have some candles at hand and keep the party going!
We suggest decorating with some simple flower arrangements at the center of the table, while fresh glasses are kept separate. Have some coffee beans or grounds nearby so people can cleanse their palate. Instead of noisy club bangers, you want to music to be nice and unobtrusive without being boring, but you can change it up later when spirits get high.
All these summer theme party decorations are really easy to do if you put in enough time and effort into them, but we realize that can be a little difficult considering that you first have to get the stuff, prepare the food, put all the decorations in place, and of course, clean up the place. Well, the last part you can totally forget about if you let someone else take care of it for you, right?