If you’re a party-hosting newbie and freaking out about throwing your debut soiree this summer — just chill. We’re about to spoil you with stellar ideas that will dazzle your guests so much they’ll probably start calling you Martha S. Keep reading for clever party theme, decor, and food ideas to keep your friends happy and entertained!


1. DIY Flamingo Ring Toss Yard Game: Flamingos FTW! These cute pink creatures are totally in this year and we can’t get enough of ’em. Use some lawn versions to create a fun game that will go perfectly with a tropical-themed shindig. (via Sugar and Cloth)

2. Coachella-Inspired Party: You guys, Coachella (and every other summer festival) is happening! If you can’t rock out IRL, then it’s time to bring the boho vibes to you and your crew with a super fun bash. (via Cuckoo Cloud Concepts)

3. DIY Donut Pegboard: You can throw a donut party, y’all! I mean, National Donut Day will hit in June, as if you needed an excuse. Celebrate the delectable, deep-fried treat with a pegboard of goodies that doubles as inexpensive and oh-so-sweet decor. (via Oh Happy Day)

4. DIY Couples Game Night Party: Since this is your first time hosting, like, ever, start off slow with a party that limits the guest list to your closest couples. You’ll enjoy friendly competition with your besties and make fun memories in the process. (via Our Mini Family)

5. Snow Cone Party: Celebrate the hot, hot weather with a chill snow cone party. If this happens to be an adult-only party, then feel free to spike your snow cones with fruit-flavored liquor. YUM! (via Brit + Co)

6. Pool Float Party: This party requires your guests to bring their own pool float (BYOPF). It’s the perfect theme for a low-stress starter party on a toasty summer afternoon, and calls for an easy menu like burgers, brats, or carne asada! (via Jenny Cookies)

7. Wine Tasting Party: Wine tasting parties are super fun to host because they only require a lot of vino and a little food. Plus, you’ll have a total blast testing out new varieties with your guests. (via Camille Styles)

8. DIY Southwestern Cactus Props: Give your guests something to taco ’bout with a Western-inspired party and Mexican noms. Add bright fiesta decorations that you can DIY on a whim and keep up all summer long. (via Squirrellyminds)

9. Tropicolada Popsicle Party: You know what will make your party feel cooler this summer? Tropicolada popsicles! Make a food and drink station with these delicious treats and your guests will be thanking you all day long. (via Oh Happy Day)

10. Colorful Backyard Movie Night Party: There’s nothing quite like making the most out of a nice summer evening than with a colorful outdoor movie night. With cute goody bags, illuminating string lights, and delicious treats, your guests will be totally entertained. (via Studio DIY)

11. DIY Fourth of July Party Candy Favor Boxes: Amp up your patriotic pride by hosting a red, white, and blue Independence Day shindig. Whether you decide to have a BBQ or a backyard pool party, you better make sure your get-together includes next-level party favors like these flashy boxes. (via Design Eat Repeat)

12. Majestic Under the Sea Party: If you thought the 2016 unicorn cake trend was kick-ass, you’re going to love Pinterest’s latest obsession: mermaid-themed parties. If you decide to bring the majestic ocean into your home, be sure you give out mermaid bath salts as farewell favors. (via Karas Party Ideas)

13. Watermelon Party: Did you know there’s a whole day devoted to celebrating everyone’s favorite summer fruit? National Watermelon Day is the perf excuse to throw a get-together in an easy peasy style that’ll keep you cool as a cucumber watermelon. (via Kara’s Party Ideas)

14. DIY Suns Out Buns Out Burger Printables: You’ll never worry about your guests sprinkling burger juice across your carpet again. These cute and customizable burger-wrap printables will keep everything packed together nicely. (via Studio DIY)

15. Colorful Summer Picnic: Let the feast begin! The summer sun is out, so your picnic blanket should be too. You’ve probably had a picnic or two before, so doing it on a party-level scale will be way easier than starting from scratch. (via Pizzazzerie)

16. Lemonade Stand Treat Box: So you’re trying to throw the party of the summer on a budget, eh? Well, we’ve got your back with this awesome lemonade stand party idea and a fun DIY treat box to go with it! (via Little Luxuries Loft)

17. Modern DIY Tea Pot: A modern tea party might just be the perfect theme for your first hosting endeavor. It requires limited beverage options and you only need to supply appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. Not to mention, it’s a great excuse to wear a fancy dress and properly point your pinky finger. (via Brit + Co)

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