6 Sizzling Outdoor Summer Party Ideas

6 sizzling summer party ideas

Now that it’s summer, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate with a summer soiree or two. Here are six sizzling outdoor summer party ideas for kids, teens and adults that are sure to create lasting memories.

Kids Summer Party Ideas

glow in the dark party

1. Glow in the Dark Party – these parties are all the rage with kids this summer. A trip to the Dollar General will set you up with all the glow in the dark bracelets, necklaces and games you need.

Decor

  • Signs with glow in the dark paint
  • Glow in the dark glow stick jars
  • Glow in the dark balloons

glow stick decorations

Games

  • Glow in the dark ring toss – Throw glow in the dark bracelets onto a stick.
  • Glow in the dark hopscotch – Place glow in the dark rings in a hopscotch pattern

glow in the dark ring toss

Food

  • Glow in the dark Jell-O – Follow the recipe but use tonic water with quinine instead of tap water.
  • Glow in the dark frozen Popsicle – Mix Crystal Light lemonade with tonic water and quinine then freeze.

glow in the dark jello

2. Outdoor Art Party - Inspire kids’ imaginations with an outdoor arts and craft party. Paint, build and create masterpieces to take home.

outdoor art party

Decor

  • Use primary colors for table decor
  • Setup easels and canvases on the lawn for kids to create art projects
  • Have a table of Lego building bricks

art party decor

Food

  • Make peanut butter and jelly splatter sandwiches
  • Add Rice Crispy bars dipped in brightly colored frosting with Popsicle sticks
  • Fruit kebabs with strawberries, pineapple and blueberries are healthy options

art party splatter sandwiches

Teen Summer Party Ideas

Teen Hawaiian Luau party

3. Teen Hawaiian LuauBring the sandy beach to the poolside with a Hawaiian luau complete with a tiki bar with virgin cocktails. End the evening with a poolside dance or limbo contest.

Decor

  • DIY Photo Booth – grab a straw hat, grass skirts and a ukulele
  • Decorate tables with grass skirts and a lei
  • Use pineapples and coconuts as part of your decor

luau decor

Food

  • Chicken & Beef Kebabs
  • Pineapple filled with fresh fruit
  • Macadamia Nuts Cupcakes
  • S’mores Bar – graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, raspberry jam, sprinkles and white chocolate chips

smores bar

4. Rock Star PartyYour teens can find their inner diva and rocket at this rock star themed party. This is one that your younger teens will enjoy.

rockstar party

Decor

  • Roll out the red carpet
  • Photo booth with boas, big sunglasses, leather jackets
  • Hold your own Rock Star Talent Show with karaoke

rock star party decor

Food

  • Make microphone ice cream cones
  • Licorice record albums

karaoke ice cream microphones

Adult Summer Party Ideas

nautical party

5. Nautical Party - Classic but chic, nautical parties capture the essence of summer.

Decor

  • Navy and white colors; stripes
  • Seashells and anchors
  • Use candle lit lanterns for lighting

nautical party decor

Food

  • Seafood – crab, shrimp or lobster rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Mini cherry pies

cherry pies nautical party

6. Brazilian Pool Party - Watch your favorite teams score goals during the World Cup with a hot Brazilian themed pool party.

world cup brazil party

Decor

  • Soccer balls & flags
  • Brazil colors are blue, green, yellow and white
  • Exotic flowers

brazilian world cup party decor

Food - Brazilian Tomato and Grilled Bread Salad

Ingredients: 2 cups bread, cubed and roasted in oven with a little olive oil until crispy, 2 red bell peppers,, 2 yellow bell peppers, 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped, 1/4 cup basil, 1 garlic clove, finely minced, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil

brazilian tomato grilled bread salad

Food – Cilantro and Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients: 1 clove minced garlic, 2 tablespoons cilantro, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions: Mix together and put in plastic bag to marinate for 30 minutes. Grill or sear in a pan on the stove.

brazilian tomato grilled bread salad

Food: Brigadeiro Chocolate Truffles - These decadent Brazilian chocolates are easy to make and even more fun to eat!

brigadeiro chocolate truffles

Before you shop: Like these party ideas but looking for something more beachy? Take a look at our Backyard Beach Party for ideas on how to bring sand and surf to your home.

Cheri Liefeld Adventures in the KitchenCheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen believes in celebrating life around the table. She is a recipe developer, cooking instructor and writer. She blogs over at Adventures In The Kitchen where she shares easy to make recipes, party inspiration and ideas for cooking with kids.

A native of Southern California her cooking is filled with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets and often served spicy.

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