Are you tired of hosting the same backyard barbecues and pool parties every summer? It’s time to bring some freshness and excitement to your next summer gathering with these creative themes for summer parties in 2023!
Use an abundance of greenery, flowers, and vintage furniture—plus gentle string or solar-powered lights—to evoke a fairytale garden. Emphasize sustainability with a menu of sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients and eco-friendly tableware. Decorate your yard and garden beds with fairy figurines, and maybe even bring in a fog machine to create a mysterious, misty world.
Set up an outdoor screening of your favorite summer movie classic: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, E.T., Dirty Dancing, Caddyshack, Grease, American Graffiti, and Field of Dreams are all candidates for a backyard movie party. You could also recreate a classic ‘60s beach movie by channeling your inner Annette or Frankie. You could even truck in some sand and plant a big beach umbrella to mark where you’ll put the coolers.
Announce the film you’ll be screening on a bedsheet strung between a few trees or along a backyard fence, and encourage guests to dress like their favorite character or in fashions of the era.
Rent a dance floor and hire a live county band for a boot-scootin’ good time under the stars. You can even hire a country dance instructor to help guests learn to line dance as if they’ve been country all their lives. Use barrels and hay bales for a western touch, along with other decorations for your outdoor party, and encourage guests to show up in Daisy Dukes, boots, and cowboy hats.
Make It a Nostalgic Night
The themes we highlighted in 2017 still work in 2023! Hire a DJ to play all the hits from your high school years, whether your decade was the aughts, the grungy ‘90s, or the big hair ‘80s. And luaus and tiki parties never go out of style for summer get-togethers. Create a drink menu that evokes Margaritaville, or those umbrella drinks from the poolside on your honeymoon.
Now that you have some fabulous theme ideas, here are a few tips to make them a smashing success:
Be Instagram-Worthy: Create photo-worthy aesthetics by using bold colors, unique décor, and eye-catching details. Make sure to set up an Insta-ready backdrop so your guests can snap and share photos of your stunning party.
Enlist the Help of Professionals: Don’t hesitate to consult with event planners, caterers, and florists to effectively execute these themes. Their expertise will ensure a seamless, stress-free party planning process, and help bring your vision to life.
With a little bit of creativity, imagination, and a willingness to stay on top of the latest trends, you can host the ultimate summer party that your friends and family will never forget. Remember, it’s all about personalizing the themes, staying up-to-date with the latest trends, and making sure every detail is Instagram-worthy. So, get ready to impress your guests with stunning décor, delicious food, and unforgettable experiences!