Design Tips: Beat The Heat Summer Party Ideas

Coastal Outdoor Backyard Movie Night

Movie Buff

When the summer sun gets too intense, invite friends to join you for an after-dark movie night. Hook up a projector to your laptop computer, then display a favorite summer flick on a screen or empty wall. Grab some indoor outdoor coastal rugs and all the coastal throws, blankets and floor pillows to create a comfy outdoor movie experience.Movie buffs of all ages will love a laid-back evening under the stars. 

Coastal summer drinks to cool off with

Summer Chill

Make fruity ice cubes for a summer treat that's tasty and refreshing. Simply fill an ice cube tray with water, then drop in raspberries and slices of lemon, lime and orange. Once frozen, the infused cubes are perfect for adding flavor and cooling down a glass of water or fresh-squeezed lemonade. Photo by Camille Styles.

Keep Cool and Refreshed By Filling Tubs With Drinks

Keep Your Cool

When it comes to summertime parties, running low on cold beverages is simply not an option. But this doesn't mean the host should play bartender all day! Keep the fun flowing and guests hydrated by filling coastal containers and bins with ice and assorted bottled drinks, and let everyone help themselves. Check periodically to replenish as needed. 

Coastal Outdoor Dining

Inside Out

During those first warm days of summer, invite a group of friends over for a special coastal outdoor meal to celebrate the season. Instead of using patio furniture, why not move the dining table right outside onto the porch for alfresco coastal dining.

Vintage Nautical Lanterns

All Aglow

Try using tons of candle filled lanterns is a classic coastal way to instantly transform the backyard into a cocktail party-ready space. Light up the night with rows of flickering candle lanterns that line the edge of a swimming pool or sidewalk, or by hanging clusters of vintage nautical lanterns by rope adding a sophisticated and coastal feel. 

Summer is all about  coastal living, soaking up the sun outdoors while creating memories with family and friends. Beat the heat with a these easy entertaining ideas that will keep the party going, no sweat!


1. Backayrd Coastal Movie Night

2. Fruit Ice Cubes

3. Refreshments in Coastal Tubs

4.  Outdoor Coastal Dining

5. Vintage Nautical Lanterns


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