Although summer is coming to an end, you still have plenty of time to throw a simple, yet lovely outdoor party where you can show off your creativity and culinary skills. From delicious, seasonal fruits and veggies to delightful fall flowers, you can easily incorporate certain seasonal items in your party’s themes and decorations. To match the assortment of DIY party ideas available, there are a number of simple, yet tasty, foods and beverages and crafty decorations you can easily whip up. Here are a few party ideas that will inspire you to throw a great bash with clever decorations and yummy treats.
DIY Party Ideas
Delightful DIY Decorations
Whether your party has a common theme or centers on something offbeat like Old Hollywood celebrities, remember that decorations are essential to pulling off your party’s theme. Put your artistic talents to the test, create your own place settings with the names of your party attendees on place mats and arrange your own centerpieces with plants and flowers from your garden. Be sure to integrate your theme in as many components of your party as possible, including your invitations, foods and beverages, and flatware. Remember to dress from head to toe according to your party’s theme—whether it be a costume party and requests guests wear a crazy costume from Party City or host a chic dinner party.
Delicious DIY Treats
In addition to the food on your party’s menu, you should incorporate light bites and simple snacks. Combine unique recipes like homemade hummus along with standard party fare such as bruschetta or a veggie platter. If you’re baker at heart, there are plenty of sweet ideas for DIY treats. Serve unique baked goods like cake pops, sweet pretzels with an array of different dipping sauces, and s’mores drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce. If you’re throwing your party before the cooler months hit, blend in aspects of the summer in your foods and beverages with summer goodies like shot-glass parfaits and homemade gelato and ice cream. Want to give your guests dessert options? Set up a dessert buffet, which is becoming a staple at weddings and other formal events, so you showcase your baking talents and give your guests a variety o
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Delectable, Fresh DIY Cocktails
Even as the summer nears an end, there are still a number of juicy fruits and scrumptious veggies that remain in bloom well after the summer season is over. Summer berries and fruits, such as succulent mangos and sweet fruits like cherries, make for excellent goodies that can easily be thrown in a juicer or blender to make delicious cocktails and other beverages for your get-together. If you’re new to juicing, start with simple, uncomplicated drink recipes such as a mix berry juice recipe that integrates boysenberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Don’t just stick to the classic, mixed fruit cocktail—craft your own summer-influenced fruit drinks, like a raspberry-infused rum drink or a crafty cocktail using basil and grapefruit.