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Summer Party Decoration Ideas

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Summer is the best time to gather friends and family together. However you wish to spend your time together, whether it's an outdoor cook-off, an afternoon of lounging poolside or a simple party at home, the summer season brings a happy, carefree atmosphere during which you can share stories, catch up, play games and more!

Holding outdoor dinners during the summer is a wonderful way to enjoy the season. But even if summer is not yet around the corner you can still bring that light-hearted, easygoing feel of the season to a dinner party. Here are a few simple ideas to bring the summery feel indoors.

Themes are always great, even for small, intimate parties among friends. Choosing a theme can really help focus your decorating ideas. Since summer is often associated with barbecues, iced drinks and the beach, a cocktail theme, or beach theme are some of the most popular ideas you can use for an indoor outdoor summery dinner.

Summer is all about brightness so your colors should be vibrant. Hang bright round paper lanterns in orange, green, blue and yellow for pops of color. Nature inspired decorations such as flower pots and bonsai trees when placed in the right areas will give a dinner area decidedly summer feel.

A long table is perfect for casual outdoor dinners. Spruce up tables with linens that have a floral pattern. Gingham works well for a picnic theme. A summery feel for an outdoor dinner is best executed through a carefully created tablescape. Take a large glass bowl and add floating candles for a delightful centerpiece for evening parties.

Another great summer themed table item is a mint julep cup. In addition to serving delicious mint juleps the traditional way, these silver cups are useful as candy dishes or bud vases. Fill the mint julep cups with cut flowers and gather a set of three or four in different heights at the center to make for a creative centerpiece with a modern twist. Serve mint juleps as drinks for a truly chic summer dinner party.

Other fun decorating ideas for a summery outdoor dinner include placing coconut candles on tables for a tropical feel, setting out colored paper hand fans for guests to keep cool, and handing out bamboo coasters as favors. Add a summer motif to personalized napkins like seashells or starfish and the date of the event for a memorable dinner experience.

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