Summer Entertaining Ideas for Your Next Outdoor Bash

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Vote up the best clever summer life hacks.


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! 


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    159 VOTES

    Cover Your Salads In Style

    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.

    159 votes
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    224 VOTES

    Skin A Watermelon

    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.)

    224 votes
  • 3
    186 VOTES

    Make A Cupcake Condiment Container

    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.

    186 votes
  • 4
    163 VOTES

    Macgyver Your Own Make-Shift Grill

    Macgyver Your Own Make-Shift Grill
    Video: YouTube

    If you ever need a grill in a pinch, or just want a disposable one you can take to the beach, look no further than a used tin can. Just remove any labels, cut the sides of your can into strips, and fold them outward. Then stretch some aluminum foil across the top, fill the center with coals, and add a grill rack.

    163 votes
  • 5
    106 VOTES

    DIY Some Soup Can Candle Holders

    DIY Some Soup Can Candle Holders
    Video: YouTube

    Bust out your crafty side by peeling the labels off of old soup cans and punching cool designs in them with a hammer and nail. Hold them in place with a vice while you work and feel free to sketch on your design with a pencil for a guideline before you begin. After you're done, paint them any color you like and drop a candle inside.

    106 votes
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    107 VOTES

    Relax With A Floating Pool Noodle Cooler

    Making a floating drink cooler is as simple as grabbing a pool noodle, some rope, and a plastic storage bin. Simply cut the pool noodle into four pieces that match the edges of your storage bin, minus about an inch on each side. Then thread the rope through the holes in the center of your noodle pieces and tie them tightly just below the top of your bin.

    107 votes