How to Host an Unforgettable Summer Party!

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How to Host an Unforgettable Summer Party!

Well, there is no denying it.  Summer’s officially here and in full swing.  I don’t know about you, but to me, Summer means sleeping in, lots of time at the pool with the kids, cooking out, lots of yummy barbecue and treats plus tons of get together’s and family gatherings.

Does this sound like your summer too?

If you’re like me and are in charge of hosting some of these get-together’s, I’ve got you covered with a few tips on how to host an unforgettable Summer party!  Your gathering will be the one that your friends, families, and neighbors will be talking about until Fall!

So, if you are trying to prepare for your Summer party, check out these tips and get the party started.

How to Host an Unforgettable Summer Party!

Food selections

If you have a good number of people coming over, it is best to offer a decent selection of foods.  Say for example you are having a BBQ.  Make sure that you are grilling more than one type of meat and include several side options.  Additionally, make sure you have lots and lots of colorful fruit, veggies and other snacks available for your guests to snack on.  Summertime is all about bright colors and fresh flavors.

Fun Desserts

If you plan to offer desserts, make them fun!  During the Summer months, people love ice cream and there’s nothing better to make your guests smile than I Love Ice Cream Cakes!  The Ice Cream Cakes come in many different styles and sizes, including original Carvel®, Jon Donaire® and OREO®.

A premade ice cream cake is definitely a time saver.  Not having to make a dessert leaves more time to work on the rest of the preparations. (And I’m all about fewer items to stress about, lol!)

I Love Ice Cream Cakes are perfect for all occasions and summertime celebrations.  They are available in grocery stores in the bakery or freezer section nationwide.  (Find a location near you with this store locator.)  Personally, my favorite is the Oreo®.  This deliciously decadent cake combines Vanilla flavored ice cream with OREO® cookie pieces, whipped frosting and is topped with a huge OREO® cookie wafer! (Who wouldn’t go for that cake on a hot summer day!)  Yum!

Oreo Ice Cream cake

(Who wouldn’t go for that cake on a hot summer day!)

Lots of drinks

A variety of drinks is definitely a priority for a Summer party.  Summertime is hot and you want people to stay cool.  Provide lots of ice cold beverages like iced tea, chilled sodas and juices and lots and lots of bottled water.  I like to fill a cute wooden barrel or metal tub with ice to have the drinks chilling in.  It’s always a good idea to keep a separate cooler full of ice to add to the drink holders or in case you run out.

Creative Decorations

I often use the food and drinks for my parties as part of my decor and it is always a hit.  I will have a platter of colorful mixed fruit as a table centerpiece or a pretty pitcher of tea or sangria as another centerpiece.  It goes well with the Summer party theme while cutting back on decorating expenses and work.  Add some string lights and you have simple, yet elegant party decor.


Music and parties just go hand in hand.  Make sure you have lots of great music cued up at just the right noise level.  You want great mood setting music and plenty of background noise, but you don’t want the music being so loud that it makes it hard for party goers to have conversations.


Sometimes just the food and conversation is activity enough, however, it is always a good idea to offer some fun Summertime activities just in case.  If you have kids there, a pool or sprinkler are easy activity choices.  For adults though, there are lots of fun options.  For example, you can get a horseshoe set, have a frozen tee shirt race, play cornhole or many other fun Summer games.


Now it’s your turn!  Do you have any tips to share for throwing an unforgettable summer party? Share in the comments below

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  1. That cake looks absolutely delicious! My parents would always get an ice cream cake for our birthdays growing up. My daughter has a birthday coming up, I really need to continue on the tradition.

  2. So many fabulous party tips! I’m convinced as long as you nail the food, your guest will always be satisfied

  3. Emily Smith says:

    Oh my! That cake just looks phenomenal! Love the breakdown of ideas and suggestions to throw a wonderful summer party.

  4. Toughcookiemommy says:

    I agree that food selections play a big part in planning the best summer parties. There are some foods that just scream summer to me.

  5. Neely Moldovan says:

    Well that looks insanely delicious. I don’t know if I could make it quite as good but I may have to try!

  6. I’m a huge ice cream cake fan! In fact, it’s my favorite kind of cake! We’re having some July 4th celebrations next week so I’ll follow some of your suggestions!

  7. Heather Johnson says:

    Please send some of the Oreo dessert my way! I would have a blast at any summer party that served an Oreo dessert. Yum!