summer party ideas

Full details for the new Color Your Summer party theme are now up! Click here to check them out

Along with colorful ideas for table settings, centerpieces, and food & drink presentation, you’ll find free downloadable printables for all of the drink parasols, place cards and framed signs used in this theme.

summer party ideas

summer party ideas

This theme is all about easy-breezy entertaining and can be used for all sorts of summer celebrations – from graduation parties and pool/beach themed parties to patriotic celebrations like Memorial Day or 4th of July.

Most of the non-paper elements were purchased at Target and IKEA. I’m especially loving these tiny translucent glass vases currently sold in 3-packs at IKEA for only $4.99:

summer party ideas

Proof that even paper napkins & plastic cutlery can look stylish:

summer party ideas

Fruity cocktails look even better dressed up with cool drink parasols boasting fun colors & patterns:

summer party ideas

summer party ideas

Presentation is keyand surprisingly easy! – when it comes to creating a tempting appetizer spread

summer party ideas

Here’s one of the party decor ideas that proves paper lanterns aren’t just for hanging anymore…

summer party ideas


For complete details, check out the entire Color Your Summer theme in the HWTM Party Themes section!

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Jeannie SAYS:

Everything I had hoped for! Thank you for the templates!

May 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Yvonne SAYS:

These are some great ideas! My daughter wants a Nihoa Kailan party and these would be some great added touches; summer with a little oriental flare!

May 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Sandra SAYS:

Thank you..Love the templates, I will be using them.

May 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Mary Lozano SAYS:

This is perfect as we head into Summer! Thanks HWTM, you never let us down and continue to inspire us each day!

May 14, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Everything looks beautiful love the templates! Thanks Jenn for always inspiring us.

May 14, 2010 at 11:45 pm

elle sees SAYS:

Love the punchy colors, now all I need is a pool!

May 15, 2010 at 5:15 am

Diapers and Divas SAYS:

I wish I had a big backyard to host a fun outdoorsy party like this! Love the colors!

May 16, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Susan Southerland SAYS:

Being in sunny Florida, summer pool parties are a must! I love party ideas that can also be easily translated to other celebrations: engagement parties, birthday parties, or even a graduation celebration (yes, it’s that time of year, too)! What a fun way to welcome everyone’s favorite season, thanks!

May 17, 2010 at 6:44 am

Kristy ~ Posh Pixels Design Studio SAYS:

This is fabulous! Colors are sooo great together!

May 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

Cindy SAYS:

The templates are great and will be using them for our 4th of July party!! Thanks!!!

May 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Melissa SAYS:

I love the colors. Everything is so bright and vibrant. The colors give a lot of energy to the decorations.

May 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Jane SAYS:

Hello. The link for the templates is not working. Can you please send me the link? Thank you. You’re always doing a wonderful job with the decorations!

May 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

staci SAYS:

Love the bright colors!! The link isn’t working for me though :(

May 20, 2010 at 6:09 am


love this party theme! the templates are great – thank you! do you know the font used for the “hungry” and “refreshing” signs – would love to use the templates – and also make some other items using the same font. thank you!

May 20, 2010 at 11:10 am


Hi Jen –
The font is called Albemarle Swash. You can download it here:


May 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

cheryl SAYS:

where can i find those little paper lanterns. i love them

May 25, 2010 at 6:37 am


Cheryl – the small paper lanterns are actually pulled from lantern string lights, and you can often find them at Target during the spring/summer (in the outdoor section), but these are the best places to shop online:


May 25, 2010 at 10:42 am

Keisia SAYS:

I love this theme and will be using it this summer for a party. Thank you.

Those Lanterns are also sold at CVS. I purchase mines from there.

June 4, 2010 at 6:55 am

Karla SAYS:

Where did you get the drink parasols from? They’re adorable!


June 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Lisa SAYS:

super cute and fun for summertime!

June 22, 2010 at 9:56 pm
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