What do the hottest days of summer call for if not for hosting the absolute coolest outdoor party?! Whether you gather family and friends at the beach, pool, park, or patio, you can throw a splashy summer bash. No pool or beach nearby? No problem! Fire up the grill, pack a picnic, set up a game of croquet, turn on the sprinkler…the options for fun in the sun are truly endless. To help you plan the perfect day with the least amount of fuss, allow us to share a few tips that’ll save you time–and maybe even a few headaches.
Once you’ve decided what kind of get-together you want to throw, you’ll want to consider the guest list, menu, and roster of activities. But you aren’t starting from scratch–we have plenty of ideas rounded up for you in the list below. For cookouts and pool parties, we recommend recipes for a delicious hamburger and diet-approved side dishes. If a trip to the beach is on your horizon, you’ll want to learn how to pack your beach bag with all the essentials and how to shield your skin from sun damage. Want to go a more active route? Our list of summer sports books may spark inspiration for a game at a local park or in your backyard. Finally, to cover all your bases, browse general tips for the ultimate barbecue and/or 4th of July celebrations.
Just don’t be surprised if your outdoor party morphs into an annual event the whole neighborhood wants to join!
- The All-American Stuffed Burger Recipe
- 3 Skinny July 4th Side Dishes
- 7 Tips for Organizing Your Beach Bag
- Staying Skin-Friendly While Getting That Vitamin Sea
- Solstice Salute: 11 Summertime Sports Book to Get You Going
- 30+ Genius Ways to Throw a Better Backyard Barbecue (via CountryLiving)
- 4th of July Party Ideas (via Food & Wine)
P.S. Happy Independence Day to our fellow Americans!