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Summer Entertaining Ideas for Your Next Outdoor Bash

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It's never too early to start planning for summer! If you can’t wait for outdoor dinner parties, BBQs, and family reunions, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve pulled together a list of summer party ideas and life hacks that you’ll be able to use for summers to come. We’ve got everything from decorating tips for the not-so-experienced designer to fun tricks for the master griller.

Whether you can’t get enough of barbecuing with your buddies or are planning a birthday party for your little one, we’ve got tons of handy summer entertaining advice to help get you prepared. So before you go out and buy that super deluxe slip and slide for the kids or spend a fortune on a brand new gas grill, check out these summer entertaining hacks. Not only will these DIY summer party tips and tricks teach you how to make your next bash look great, some of these summer party ideas can also save you a ton of cash!

After all, who says you can’t make your own impromptu swimming pool or manufacture a makeshift grill on the fly? We’ll give you tips on everything from how to get a fire going in your fire pit to setting up an awesome outdoor play area for the kids, all with items you likely already own. So bust out your favorite pool floatation device and check out some great summer entertaining hacks that will keep you and your guests happy and healthy all summer long! 

  • 1

    Skin A Watermelon

    Video: YouTube

    Or maybe don't? This weird-looking party trick is part-awesome, part-totally weird. For some reason, there's just something about seeing a skinless watermelon that feels wrong. Then again, once you get rid of that obnoxious rind, the delicious fruit is a whole lot easier to eat! If you're looking to impress/gross out your friends, try Mark Rober's trick for skinning a watermelon. (Hint: you're going to need more than one.)

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    Cover Your Salads In Style

    Photo: Pinterest

    Sick of sharing your salads and casseroles with bugs? Next time, try setting them out in cookie jar-style containers so that you can easily keep them covered throughout the evening.

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    Make A Cupcake Condiment Container

    Video: YouTube

    Next time you grill burgers, bust out your muffin or cupcake tin and use it as a holder for burger toppings. Not only is it a space saver, it's small enough that it can be easily passed around the table.

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    Set Up An Outdoor Chalkboard

    Video: YouTube

    As exciting as birthday parties can be for kids, nothing strikes terror into the heart of a parent like a large group of children in a house full of crayons and clean walls. Provide a great alternative for would-be graffiti artists by attaching a large outdoor chalkboard to your fence.

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