Wondering how to throw a summer party without all the fuss? Here are my best effortless summer party tips!
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I really enjoy hosting casual summer get-togethers. The kind that involves really good food, good friends and lots of time outdoors. I've got to be honest with you though, often when I invite people over I find myself going down the rabbit hole of Pinterest finding complicated party ideas and recipes that in theory sound good but actually end up turning the whole event into a royal pain. I end up stressed out, tired and wondering why I ever decided to throw the party in the first place. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who's done that before... right?
This summer though I've decided to embrace a simpler approach and go back to the basics of hosting without all the projects. I love a good themed party, but people don't always need all that to have a good time. Good food, good drinks, and a mosquito-free outdoors are the keys to any good gathering and those are surprisingly easy to pull together. To help you do the same I thought I'd share my best effortless summer party tips with you. If you've been wondering how to throw a summer without all the fuss this is for you!
How to Throw a Summer Party - Effortless Summer Party Tips
1. Keep the Menu Simple
I enjoy making and finding new recipes, but when you are hosting a casual summer party I like to keep it simple. Roasted potatoes, cut watermelon, and pre-packaged bagged salads scream summer and are super easy to throw together. I like to stick with one dish that takes a little more time to make, like my Shrimp Burgers with Mango Avocado Salsa and take shortcuts on the rest of the meal.
If you want to try a new recipe, just try one and keep the rest of the menu dishes you are already comfortable making. Plus, everything does not have to be made from scratch. You can even feel free to buy some pre-made food and dress it up a bit. I promise no one will care.
Also, don't stress out about serving the food at a fancy table. Set it up indoors buffet style and let folks help themselves. Have placemats and napkins outdoors to encourage folks to take their food back outside to eat.
Most guest will offer to help, don't be shy about asking someone to bring dessert, drinks or salad. Sharing the work is perfectly acceptable.
2. Appetizers Outside
I have one of those kitchens that everyone seems to congregate in whenever I invite folks over. To encourage folks to take the party outdoors, I have snacks and/or appetizers set up when people arrive at different conversation spots on my deck. Once again keep it simple... chips, salsa, veggies, and cheese are perfect crowd-pleasing options that don't take a lot of time to put together.
3. Drink Station
Any good party needs drinks. To make hosting easier, set up a table or cooler outdoors with beer, wine or whatever you decide to serve. Your guests can help themselves and stay outdoors enjoying the gorgeous summer weather. Don't forget water and non-alcoholic drinks for kids or folks who aren't drinking for any reason.
4. Mosquito Control
Since most of my effortless summer party tips so far have been about making your guests comfortable and fed outside, don't forget about mosquito control. There is nothing worse than attending a party and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. No matter how tasty your food and drinks are, if they keep getting swarmed, that is all your guests will remember as they itch their bites for days after the event!
Mosquito bites are not just a nuisance. When they bite, mosquitoes are able to transmit dangerous diseases like Zika virus, chikungunya virus, West Nile Virus and more. That's why I call Orkin Pest Control before a party to have them treat my yard for mosquitoes. I've used them several summers now and I am such a fan of how easy and effective their mosquito control service is.
Orkin Mosquito Control treats the areas of your yard where mosquitoes breed to help keep your yard mosquito free. The treatment is approved and regulated by the EPA, and the technicians are specially trained to use it. The licensed pest professionals at Orkin design custom treatment plans that fit your yard's needs.
Best of all it works! It is the easiest way to keep those pesky bugs away during your event.
Between services, there are other ways you can help control mosquitoes. You can eliminate standing water (mosquitoes need less than an inch to breed!) from gutters, buckets, toys and other containers. Installing outdoor ceiling fans can also help keep them away. Plus consider changing your outdoor lights to fluorescent light. Mosquitoes are attracted to incandescent light.
Mosquitoes thrive in warmth and moisture so your summer party is a prime target for them. Calling Orkin is my #1 summer party tip!
Any good party needs music! Making a handcrafted playlist is great, but if you don't have time just set your phone and outdoor speaker to a pre-made mix on Amazon or Spotify.
6. Smore's Kit
Have a fire pit? I do and love using it during outdoor parties. To make sure I'm always ready to go I keep a Smore's Kit, which is a basket with graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and the sticks! I also throw in some napkins and plates just in case. That way people can make their own without waiting for me to pull out all the stuff.
7. Keep it Casual
There are so many ways to approach how to throw a summer party. Sure an elegant, starlit sit-down dinner party is lovely... but I promise your guest will love something casual just as much... and even your silly pup can attend.
A comfortable event with good food and good friends will be just as memorable as anything else you could put together... and it just might save your sanity.
Orkin Pest Control - My #1 Summer Party Tip
Don't forget to call Orkin at this summer for their mosquito control service. It's easy, effective and the best thing you can do before a summer party to keep your guests safe and happy. Call 877-778-2497 and mention Zero Bite (0bite) or sign up here for $50 OFF your initial service for mosquito control.
If you want to learn more about the service and controlling mosquitoes in your yard make sure to join me for a Facebook LIVE on the Orkin Pest Control's page next Monday at 1 PM Eastern time. I'll be hosting the segment from Atlanta with one of Orkin's star entomologists! It will be a lot of fun and I hope you can join us.
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What's your best summer party tips?
Have you hosted an event where mosquitoes nearly ruined it?
Marie Altenor says
Throwing my son's first birthday party and it's going to be outdoor. I think we definitely going to need to control the mosquitoes.
You do! I hope it goes great!
jill conyers says
Summer is out favorite time of year to host parties.
Emily Kyle says
You have the most beautiful backyard, I love the drink station. I can't wait to show this to my husband - I've been saying we need to do something about the bugs and bees for two years now! Thanks, Julie!
Thanks Emily! I love it.
Kristina @ Love & Zest says
Well now I need to throw a party! These are some great tips!
Kristen Chidsey says
I need Orkin to come help in my backyard. We just finished out patio and want people to come enjoy it--not be eaten alive by bugs.
You do! They are fabulous!
These are such great tips! Summer parties are the absolute best ever! I'm all about spending as much time as possible outdoors!
Me too! Thanks Brianne!
Sarah Grace Spann says
mosquito control is DEFINITELY KEY down here in Florida! Man are they bad!
So bad! I remember from when I lived there!
Love these tips! Will definitely keep these in mind for my next summer gathering!
Jessica Levinson says
These are great tips for throwing a successful summer party! Definitely don't want those pesky mosquitoes hanging around, so having the outside sprayed is a wonderful idea!
These are such great tips! I love having a simple meal plan, and managing the bugs is definitely a key!!
Erin @ Suburban Simplicity says
What great tips. I love casual get togethers! Pesky mosquitos aren't invited to my summer get togethers 🙂 so thanks for sharing a good resource to get rid of the little guys!
They are such a pain!
We spend a lot of time outdoors and this year the mosquitos are really bad. I will be using some of these tips for sure.
Thanks so much!
Abbey Sharp says
These are great tips to kill it this summer!
Lisa Ballantyne says
Great tips Julie! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful start to the summer season!
I agree that simple menus are the best, particularly in the summer. We tend to do simple things like burgers and tacos but with gourmet topping options which are easy to put together and make the meal feel a little more special.
Such a great idea!
Kimberly Hatting says
These are great tips! Mosquitoes are such a buzz kill (no pun intended) when it comes to outdoor activity. I agree...keeping the food simple (except for maybe one "fancy" dish) is key.
Such a great time saver!
Alisa Fleming says
I'm always too nervous to throw a party, but these ideas look so effortless. And really, how can a s'mores kit miss?
maria long says
Mosquitos can really change the tone of an outdoor party. Great tips too, no fun having a party if you do all the work.
Thanks so much!
Neely Moldovan says
The drink station is so cute. We did that for Liams birthday party and it was a huge hit! I love your plates!
Thanks! So fun!
These are great tips! We already have 3 parties lined up for the summer. Gotta take advantage of all that sunshine while we have it. And we have time to deal with bugs so this is so timely too.
Thanks so much!
Totally! Hope you enjoy!
These are such great party tips! I agree keeping the area as mosquito free as possible is the best tip ever - Orkin to the rescue! Swarms of mosquitos can really ruin a fun summer party. We always spray the area ourselves hours before our guests arrive, burn mosquito coils around the perimeter, plus offer mosquito repellant sprays for guests to use if they'd like. But honestly, next time I'm just going to call Orkin - it seems so much easier!
So true! Thanks Holly!
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
I have never done complicated for a party or anything else, I like things nice and simple. Good music is a must for any party.
A lesson I'm still learning!
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
The smores kit is a great idea! Having everything together makes it so much easier once the times comes to actually roast the marshmallows. One summer tip I've learned from my parents is to use paper plates and utensils. This way if someone drops the plate or it gets knocked off the table nothing breaks
So much easier! Thanks!
I love summer cook outs, but the bugs are the worst!
They are! Thanks!
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups says
I am pretty sure I have that same striped dress, I love it! Thanks for the info, I always get so many mosquito bites during the summer.
Great minds think alike!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
These are such great tips! We don’t have too much of a mosquito problem here - but in Louisiana? The WORST!!
OMG! Total swamp!
Bug and mosquito control is so important to me - I cannot stand bees or bugs! I am waiting to get my house sprayed so I can start enjoying it 🙂