50 Outdoor Party Ideas You Should Try Out This Summer

Outdoor parties are really fun and not that hard to plan either. Once you have the right venue, whether it’s your backyard, on a terrace, rooftop or any other setting, you just have to make it feel comfortable and to look fresh and beautiful. And if you don’t have a whole lot of inspiration, you can just borrow some of these ideas.

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We find the use of clear acrylic chairs very inspired in this case. Given the setting, they don’t steal the focus from the views and they contribute to an overall bright and very fresh décor.{found on joelserratofilms}.

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Since there are so many beautiful and colorful flowers available, use them to decorate the table. You can create a great centerpiece using large flowers and some greenery.{found on felicialasala}.

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Using umbrellas to decorate is a really creative idea. These ones are perfect for an outdoor setting. They’re dainty and charming, featuring light colors that are reiterated into the table centerpiece. A lovely idea for an outdoor baby shower.{found on klkphotography}.

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If it’s a casual party, you can get creative. For example, mix and match different types of chairs and arrange them all around a simple table which you can decorate with fresh flowers or fruits and vegetables. You can also use succulents.{found on milou}.

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Rustic decors usually suit outdoor events really well and they can turn out really great if you pay attention to details. The secret is to keep the whole décor simple. Avoid using too many colors or textures. You can simply use leaves or wild flowers to decorate the party tables.{found on jenhuan}.

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You can pick a theme for your party. For example, invite everyone to pick flowers and to then create arrangements using them. At the end, they can each take their arrangement home. It’s fun and easy to organize.{found on esthermathieu}.

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Also, you can pick a color and use it throughout. Purple is a marvelous option if you like this shade. It has a royal charm but it’s also very versatile. And you can serve grapes and other purple-colored fruits and dishes at the party.{found on alysefrenchphotography}.

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There’s no need to get all fancy when you’re planning an outdoor party. A simple wooden table, some miss-matched chairs and a table runner are enough. You can decorate the table with mason jars and flowers.{found on jadeandmatthew}.

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Benches are really practical at outdoor parties. That’s because there’s plenty of space out there and it’s easy for everyone to move around and to get to their spot at the table without having to disturb the others.{found on sweetrootvillage}.

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If it’s a more special occasion and you want everything to look elegant, then add a tablecloth and don’t forget the accessories such as the napkin rings, the candles and everything else. The black and lilac combination looks really great here.{found on annawu}.

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If you’re having trouble finding a table big enough for all the guests, try using pallets to build one instead. Wooden pallets are extremely versatile and all you have to do is stack them in the right formation.{found on jessicabordner}.

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The way the long, gray tablecloth interacts with the vibrant orange and red flower accents is really beautiful. The table actually resembles a bar but it would practical if it were to also expand to accommodate more things.{found on leilabrew}.

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You need to use appropriate furniture if you want your outdoor party to be just right. Wicker chairs are known for being comfortable, lightweight and really practical and they come in a wide variety of designs, shapes and styles.

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Take advantage of the fact that you’re entertaining outdoors and use bright colors that you wouldn’t dare to bring indoors. These red chairs are the vibrant hint of color and since it’s just two of them, the décor stays balanced.{found on rusticwhite}.

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Decorate with fairy lights or bring out your Christmas lights and create fairy-tale décor for everyone to enjoy after the sun leaves your part of the planet. You can use them on the trees, pergola, etc.{found on mrhaack}.

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String lights are even more spectacular. Let them hover over the table to create a magical atmosphere. At night, they’ll offer light without being disturbing.{found on dorothymcdaniel}.

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Sometimes all you need is the right environment to feel good. So forget about all the heavy furniture, fancy accessories and enjoy a simple picnic. Sure, you can make it a bit special and romantic if you pat attention to the little things.{found on omalleyphotographers}.

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Embrace freshness and fill the table with greens. Use succulents, vegetables and some cute wild flowers. Put them in simple mason jars and just display them there. The result will be a casual but well thought through décor.{found on loveisabird}.

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If you want the focus to be on the table décor, make a big centerpiece using similar but slightly different colors and shades and place it at the center. Everything else should be as simple as possible. It’s why the acrylic chairs are an excellent choice in this case.{found on charlastorey}.

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Keep things simple and elegant. Use white as the main color and let it complement the rustic wooden furniture. Add candles to enhance the ambiance and feel free to also pick a theme for the party.{found on stevesteinhardt}.

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You can make your own party decorations. For example, take some empty glass bottles and jars and spray paint them or dip them in paint to give them a chic look. Then use them as vases, candle holders, votives, etc.{found on sheataylor}.

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Outdoor weddings are usually more casual than other types. They’re simple and lack the forced sophistication of those held in restaurants. In addition, they make it possible to use a super long table instead of several small ones.{found on lizbanfield}.

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Get creative with cardboard crafts and improvise. You don’t need the decorations to be reusable so this is actually really practical.{found on erickelleyphotography}.

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Offer each guest a beautiful green apple. It’s a really great party favor, both healthy and delicious. You can leave the apples on their place cards if you’re using any.{found on ruffledblog}.

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If it’s a small party or a simple dinner invitation for a couple, you can bring out the dining table and a few chairs and enjoy their company outdoors. Don’t forget the centerpieces and all the needed accessories.{found on rutheileenphotography}.

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This is the perfect time of the year to use sunflowers as decorations. Put them in small vases and use yellow accents in the form of napkins for example. You can also add some black accents and make this the chromatic palette for the party.{found on weddingchicks}.

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Instead of vases, you can decorate the party tables with potted herbs and flowers. If it’s a casual setting, this actually works out better. Keep the rest of the décor casual as well.

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Speaking of which, here’s a really charming table that features terra cotta pots filled with fresh herbs as centerpieces. Actually, you can let the guests sprinkle the fresh herbs onto their plates as dinner is served.

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You can use wooden wine crates to make some big but beautiful centerpieces for a rustic outdoor party. Basically all you need to do is fill them with flowers. Put them in jars of planters first.

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In case you’re wondering how you can make your outdoor party tables look more glamorous, an idea is to use glitter. It never seems to go out of style so, if you like the look, use it here as well.

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A successful party is all about the details. This includes everything from the right centerpieces to the way in which the tables are organized to the way the guests are seated and everything else. So add your own twist and use cute little wild flowers, decorated jar vases, colored straws, etc.

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As you probably already know, glass bottles can be reused in tons of different ways. One option is to turn them into candle holders. You can paint them or fill them with colored liquid to make them stand out a bit.

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Decorate with stripes. Black and white is also a winning combination. To this combo you can add a third color such as green. It can be the fresh accent your outdoor party needs to look perfect.

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Actually, stripes look good anywhere. This white and blue striped tablecloth is the focal point of the whole décor. It contrasts with the pastel-colored flower centerpieces and the colors complement each other wonderfully.{found on troygrover}.

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The horizontal white stripes on the black tablecloth highlight the long table and offer it a continuous look. You can use this trick when you’re combining several small tables to make a big one.

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Black and white are neutrals and they often need a third color for the whole décor to look complete. Try using a vibrant and fresh tone such as orange or combine several similar shades.

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You can also decorate with prints and patterns. The table runner offers a great opportunity in this sense. It can be the element that adds pizzazz to your party and you can add some nice centerpieces as well to complete the look.

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This table setting has a slight nautical theme. Perhaps it’s because of the blue trim on the white tablecloth or the striped area rug featuring a similar color combination.

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An outdoor dining setting can feel really cozy if you can find the right location. The tall fence is the key component in this case. It keeps the setting intimate and private and the wood adds warmth to the whole décor.

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If you prefer a less exposed setting, perhaps a covered deck or a pergola would be a suitable option. The advantage would be that you’d offer a more sophisticated and homely environment to your guests.

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Need some shade? Then how about placing the table under a big tree? That would definitely look charming. This is actually one of the best settings you can create for an outdoor party.

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Personalize the whole décor according to the occasion. Maybe you can use your DIY skills and craft decorations, bunting, garlands, place cards, napkin holders and all sorts of other things.

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Include burlap to your design. For example, you can make a burlap table runner or use it to make covers for the chairs. Its simplicity can be complemented by a few chic accessories.

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Add a cute little umbrella to the table. This pink and orange table setting is something you can use as inspiration for an outdoor wedding.

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And speaking of outdoor wedding and ways to give them a simple but romantic twist, this would have to be one of the most beautiful decors you could dream of. It’s simple but it doesn’t lack elegance, style or originality.{found on rockmywedding}.

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Bring the comfort of the indoor areas outside. All you need is a few cozy chairs. Adirondack armchairs are excellent. They’re simple, elegant, versatile and comfortable plus they come in a variety of colors. And if you also have a terrace you can plan a really great party with social areas for all tastes.{found on bruncon}.

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A simple and cute idea is to make lanterns using empty metal cans. Fill them with water, put them in the freezer, then make some holes with a nail and a hammer and a handle using wire. You can hang them in trees and light them with candles.

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To make the setting more comfortable, bring out some pillows, maybe even a blanket in case it gets cold in the evening. Try to make the whole area feel inviting. Sure, plastic glasses are practical but they’re more suitable for casual picnics.{found on susiewatsondesigns}.

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Speaking of which, here’s a really elegant outdoor table setting. The colors are nicely balanced, the accessories match each other there’s a glamorous look to this whole arrangement.

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It’s summer and it’s hot outside and a cold drink can make all the difference, especially when you’re spending time outside. You can fill a bucket with ice and serve cool drinks to your guests or organize a bar and let everyone mix their own cocktails.