Gift Ideas for Summer Parties & Get-togethers

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The weather’s heating up and SUMMER is just around the corner! BBQs, picnics, pool parties…it’s just about time for the outdoor party invites to start rolling in! And if you’re looking for some summer hostess gift ideas that are both creative AND outdoor-friendly (bright colors, non-breakable, etc.), look no further, because we’ve got a fun gift round-up right here:

1. MOD ANIMAL MELAMINE SALAD SERVERS by Jonathan Adler ($12/set)
Bold stripes and a fantastic color palette will make any summer salad extra de-lish!

2. 4-PIECE ROSE NESTED BOWL SET by Zak Designs ($29.95 at Amazon)
The bright colors & creative flower shape of this pretty bowl set make it a great choice when you want to gift something extra-nice that always-gracious hostess with a fabulous sense of style.

summer hostess gift ideas

3-4. FOOTED ICE TEA TUMBLER by Zak Designs ($3.95 at Amazon) and 24-oz INSULATED TUMBLERS by Boston Warehouse ($18.75/set of 4)
I’m loving the fun shapes and happy colors of these acrylic tumblers… perfect for enjoying any of your favorite iced beverages, from tea and lemonade to a convenient & ready-to-pour Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri!

summer hostess gift ideas

5. IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT TRAY by cb2 ($7.95)
Bold typography + primary colors = great conversation piece even after the apps are gone.

summer hostess gift ideas

6-7. TIPSY TOES Plastic Ice Cubes ($5.99/set) and CITRUS SLIPPERS Ice Cube Tray ($7.95) – both by Fred
Add a dose of cool AND creative to that chilled summer beverage.

summer hostess gift ideas

8. PHOTO BOOTH PROPS on a Stick by etsy shop Little Retreats
Bring some fun to the party (and to the memories!) with these clever paper “costume” cut-outs. The stick format makes them super easy to use and pass around at any party – whether you’re celebrating in your backyard or at a picnic in the park.


This summer, rediscover the daiquiri. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet.

Please drink responsibly.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation was provided by Bacardi via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bacardi.

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

8 responses to “Gift Ideas for Summer Parties & Get-togethers”

  1. Al says:

    Love the festive and fun colors of these outdoor melamine products. The designs are so very mod and contemporary too.

  2. Elaine says:

    Great ideas for party planning this summer. I love the bright colors. Just what I’ve been looking for.

  3. Sweet Tea with Cindy says:

    All great ideas – very creative :)

  4. Kristine Nicholson says:

    Those little photo stick props are awesome!

  5. Oksana says:

    Thank you for showing those photo props. What a great idea for my son’s Bar Mitzvah party! I am so excited now.

    Oksana from

  6. Jara says:

    Great post! Thanks for mentioning our products! ~Zak!

  7. Geeta Dayal says:

    Love it!

  8. Dean says:

    Great Post! Love the ice cube ones! Also the stick props are really awesome!

    Fred does make a lot of cool ice cube trays, which got me thinking to look for some more along the same lines and I found A LOT of other types here.