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10 Easy Ideas Perfect for Spring and Summer Entertaining

Bonfires, outdoor movies, supper swaps and other super shindigs to throw this season

April 14, 2023

Warmer weather has us ready to hang with friends and do some entertaining outside. Plus your house will appreciate sending the hyped-up kids outdoors. Need ideas for your spring or summer bash? These 10 family-friendly ideas are easy to organize and painless to put on. So grab the shades, dust off the grill, grab the bug spray and get the party started.

1. Taco Time
Perfect for Tuesday or any day because who doesn't love tacos? All you need to do is set up a table with the fixings, queue up the playlist of your choice, and hang a pinata for the kids (or kids at heart). Super simple and muy delicioso.

2. Outdoor Movie Night
Pick a movie and let the fun begin. You will need a projector (borrowing, buying, or renting are all options here) and a screen (a sheet or outdoor wall will totally work). Stick to popcorn and soda or grill up some hot dogs and go all out. Best seat in the house is always in your backyard.

3. Potluck Picnic
The easiest party to host? The one where everybody brings the food. Enter the potluck picnic. Pick a location (your place, a local park, the beach), tell everyone to bring a dish to share and a blanket. Supply beverages and paper plates. The summer's best party, done.

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4. Pool Party
When the water is clear and the weather is warm it must be time to kick off pool season. So add some chlorine, fire up the grill, and the party's basically ready. Head off kid issues with enough pool floats, toys, and goggles and your perfect day awaits.

5. Bonfire Bash
There's just something about a bonfire that gets people in a partying mood. Stock up on sticks and s'more supplies and you're good to go. That was easy.

6. Board Game Bonanza
Get the competitive juices flowing when you spend the evening playing games with friends. Order up some pizzas, break into teams, and prepare for some cutthroat action.

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7. Project Party
Bring on the creative fun by hosting a craft project party. Pick a project everyone can participate in (wreath-making, build or decorate a birdhouse, putting up your new fence -wink wink), prep the supplies, order up some food for delivery and you're an entertaining legend.

8. Supper Swap
Looking for the easiest and most memorable party around? Every guest brings a picnic dinner. Line up all the beautiful baskets and have each family pick from the lineup. You never know what you'll get but it's guaranteed fun and super simple to pull off.

9. Fondue Fun
Go retro with some seriously tasty eats. Ask friends to bring their favorite dippers while you supply cheese, broth and def the chocolate. Pro tip - give the kids their own servings of sauce, double dipping is gonna happen.

10. Lively Luau
Dreaming of a tropical getaway? Throw your own island-themed bash with leis, tiki torches, and plenty of fruity cocktails. You'll be feeling the ocean breezes in no time.