summer party inspiration

Summer Party Inspiration |

Summer is here, and with summer comes parties…lots and lots of parties! Whether it’s a backyard barbecue, pool party, birthday, wedding, or just another excuse to hang out with friends with some delicious food and cocktails, your schedule is probably filling up quickly. No need to stress because we have you covered. We put together some summer party inspiration that is sure to impress your friends and family.

First things first. When you are planning your next party, think about the venue. The ambiance will help you decide on a color palette that will complement the party environment. For our summer bash, we chose yellow, gray, white, and green. These colors are great for a summer party because of the crisp, vibrant, contemporary, fresh look they bring to events.

Using fresh fruit like lemons and limes as placecards is a great way to get that summer look while livening up your event with color! |

Part of our color palette inspiration came from fresh fruit. Using fruit as part of your event decor is a great way to add natural, inexpensive, reusable elements to your party while enhancing your color scheme. We used lemons and limes. For a simple, pretty placecard put a pick in a piece of fruit. Then cut a shape out of card stock, add a decorative border, and the name of one of your guests. We chose to make square placecards to mimic the shape of our plates. Pair the pick placecards with our dual sided cocktail napkins, yellow polyester dinner napkins, clear and silver beaded napkin rings, square cups, and the glimmerware forks, knives, and spoons to wow your guests.

Drink stations are perfect for summer events!...Especially when you do signature drinks like hard lemonade and mojitos! |

Continue to use your key colors and elements throughout your party. We reused lemons and limes to create a drink station. This drink dispenser is stackable and its hollow space at the bottom is perfect for decorating.

Hard lemonade and mojitos are the perfect addition to any summer drink bar! |

Hard lemonade and mojitos are great drinks to add to any summer drink station. Display accessible, elegant cocktail glasses for your guests to serve themselves. Add fun yellow straws and an array of lemons, limes, and mint to garnish the delicious cocktails.

Yellow and white calla lily centerpieces are stunning for a summer party! |

For centerpieces, remember that you want to be able to see and talk to your guests that sit across the table from you. Thus, it is sometimes best to use a low centerpiece. We used a square glass vase with yellow and white calla lilies. We made sure to show off the beautiful green stems of the flowers to give the table a balanced and fresh look.

Love this color combination? Shop the entire Lilian Collection here.

Looking for edible inspiration for your party? Check out our 3 Summer Salads blog.

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  • I love your inspiration pieces. Will you be getting the 120″ round polyester tablecloths back in stock anytime soon?

    Oops I meant to include navy color in earlier post.

    Thank you. 🙂

  • I love your inspiration pieces. Will you be getting the 120″ round polyester tablecloths back in stock anytime soon?

    • Aww, thanks Linda! So happy to hear that you like our inspiration posts. 🙂 Unfortunately, I do not have information about items that are out of stock, however our Smarty Care Team may have more information. You can reach our Smarty Care team at 314.431.5400 or at I hope that this helps! Have a wonderful day.

  • Great Summer Wedding Inspiration. Love the summer party ideas. Summer vibes are good.

    • Hi Julie! We are so glad that you like our summer party inspiration! We too love the ambiance that summer brings. 🙂