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Summer Party Ideas

Summer time means fun outdoor parties! From picnics in the park, a backyard BBQ or down at the beach. You don’t have to break the bank to find creative ways to make your party one to remember! Here are some examples of ways put some creativity in a budget friendly way!


For a beach themed party, create a snack stand, use colorful plastic beach buckets in primary colors and shovels to serve food. Grab a pack of waxed baking cups and write young guests names on them, so they can fill them up with their favourite snack options and keep refilling, this will help you save on rubbish and costs. For decorations use blow up beach balls, a large striped beach towel for the table clothes and match with rainbow colored tableware and gifts for guests.

IMG_3678  Beach Shak Party  Party at the Beach

For a Garden party with a twist, head to a local park this Summer and set up a Lemonade Stand or Ice cream Stand. Create a Sweets Buffet and incorporate Citrus colours of Summer, green, yellow with a touch blue to the mix. Pom Poms are a great way to dress up any occasion, be they tissue paper or tulle, they definitely add a lot of fun and can be hung from trees and bushes. Use wooden crates, metal watering cans and buckets to add some simple styling to your showcase your treats.

IMG_3702  drink table  Cupcakes

If a backyard BBQ is on the tables, then there are plenty of ways to make it fun with drinks from glass jars with retro straws, add some blackboard chalk labels to ensure everyone knows which drink is theirs, and also add to the food table. Hessian material and red gingham to the serving table, with lanterns or garlands hung from underneath the outdoor umbrella are simple but effective ways to add some styling touches. Cut watermelon into triangles and add to pop sticks for kids, as healthy oversized lollipops, mini burgers and layered mini salads served in noodle boxes, wrap twine around wooden cutlery to create a bit of fun.

backyard bbq  IMG_3794  bbq table

Whatever parties and occasions you decide to host or celebrate this Summer, a few party pieces and props, can take it from an ordinary affair to one that’s memorable! Nikki Eyes – little Ginger.  

Beach Props

Beach buckets and spades from your local Discount Store

Waxed baking cups with guest names

Beach balls plastic blow up from your local Discount Store

Stand with red material draped over top, from offcuts box at your local fabric store or Spotlight

Beach towels for tablecloth, check your linen cupboard for any that suit

Rainbow party ware (cups, plates, treat boxes, napkins, tassel garlands, straws) and gifts, available from little Ginger

Food – green grapes, strawberries, watermelon cut to triangles and add to a pop stick, pretzels, marshmallows, cup cakes – all served from the beach toys…   

Lemonade Stand in Park Props

Side Table with yellow material, from offcuts box at your local fabric store or Spotlight

Green and yellow paper tissue pom poms

Wooden crates or trays, whatever you have at home or borrow from friends

Mini metal watering can and buckets, we sourced ours at Bunnings gardening section

Picnic Rug, from home

Apple Green and Lemon tableware (cups, plates, napkins, straws, party bags) and decorations available from little Ginger

Food – Lemons, cup cakes, sandwiches, pretzels, grapes, strawberries, rice crackers and dips, water  

Backyard BBQ

Mason Jars with or without lids, we sourced ours from Reject Store 

Blackboard chalk labels, from little Ginger

Hessian material and red gingham, from offcuts box at your local fabric store or Spotlight

Red lanterns and bunting, from little Ginger

Noodle boxes white, from little Ginger

Red and white striped tableware (cups, plates, napkins, straws) from little Ginger

Food – Watermelon as large triangle pop sticks, strawberries and marshmallows, mini burgers, salad in boxes…

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One Response to Summer Party Ideas

  1. Dani Diamond March 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    Love the backyard BBQ ideas, definitely can see myself adding a few little touches to our next occasion to make it more memorable. Thanks for the kids party ideas too, simply yet very effective and now I know where to come for kids party supplies for our next birthday!

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