Clever End of the Summer Party Ideas

Summer Party Ideas

Summer party supplies

Summer coming to an end doesn’t have to be a sad affair. While school starting again and cooler temperatures isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, the end of summer means it’s time for an end of summer bash. If you’re planning an end of summer party but aren’t yet sure what kind of party you want to throw or where you want to throw it, here are some clever end of summer party ideas to get you started.

1. Have a luau.

There is nothing more summer than having a luau, and before the temperatures start to cool off is the perfect time to thrown one. All you need are the right summer party decorations and you will be off to the races. A few leis are a great place to start, while green grass skirts will round out the look for a truly Hawaiian bash. There are plenty of luau party decorations you can find in our online store, that will make it easy to deck out your venue and your guests for this party. Activities can include limbo, hula dancing, chowing down on slow roasted pork sandwiches, and more!

2. Throw totally sick 90s party.

While to some of us, the 90s doesn’t seem that long ago, it’s becoming what the 70s and 80s were to older generations when most of us were children. It’s now a nostalgic period, just like any other, and can make a great theme for an end-of-summer party, especially since so many movies during this time period were about the end of summer and school. Throw on your favorite grungy 90s outfit, pump the soft rock, and have a sweet time.

3. Whip up a white party.

Whether or not you follow the “no white after Labor Day” fashion rule, it’s still fun to wink at this paradigm with a party for the end of summer with a white color scheme. This theme make finding summer party supplies really easy: all you need to look for are white table cloths, balloons, hanging paper lanterns, banners, etc. in the color white. Deck out your house and your yard, and include the imperative on your invitations that everyone busts out their vest white outfits.

4. Make it Christmas in “August” or “September”.

Christmas in July might not be your favorite of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer specials, but it is definitely a clever idea, especially if done in August of September. Plus, with hot temperatures abounding, your guests might be raring for a colder temperatures and the fun of the winter holidays. Bust your Christmas tree out of storage and decorate it with leis and grass skirts and everything else summer. Santa’s on vacation for a few more weeks, why shouldn’t you be, too?

5. Throw a fiesta.

There’s nothing better than a Mexican fiesta to wind down your summer! Not only is this a fun theme to get your end of the summer party rolling, it’s also easy to plan. Snack? Chips and salsa. Drinks? Margaritas. Grab a piñata and you have your activities planned, too. Toss out a few sombreros and maybe pop some taquitos in the oven and you’re ready to go!

6. Hit the beach one last time.

Quick, before September arrives and it’s too cold to visit the beach! Taking all of your friends to the beach for the weekend is a great way to get away from home for a little bit, play some beach sports, and just soak in the sun while it’s still around. Everyone should bring or wear their swimsuits, a few big beach balls, and some blankest to delineate your space on the beach, and you’re sure to have a great time!

7. Get together for a garden party.

Summer nights are the perfect time to throw a garden party, and this makes a perfect theme for your last party of the summer. Gather the last of your cut flowers from the garden, set up a long table, and set out plenty of food so you have lots of impetus to sit and eat and talk together. Summer party decorations for this event can be extremely simple, or they can be as fancy and as complex as you desire. Your guests are sure to love this event and your success will keep you warm in the cooler months!

8. Put together one last BBQ.

Most people don’t barbecue during the fall, winter, or spring. It’s just not the right time of the year to fire up the grill. As summer comes to an end, put together one last barbecue to send off both your grill and this great season. Plan a bash with lots of great grilled goods and gather in your backyard to enjoy these last few days of warm weather.

9. Build a campfire.

While some of your survivalist friends might have no trouble camping in the fall and winter, most people will leave campouts behind as summer comes to an end. Why not organize one last camping trip and build a big fire for roasting hot dogs and making s’mores? While everyone might not want to actually sleep outside, everyone will love gathering around a warm campfire when the sun goes down.

10. Movie night.

While most towns no longer have drive-in theaters, there is still something uniquely summer and very nostalgic about watching a movie outside. Build your own drive-in theater with a projector and a white sheet and invite all of your friends over to watch a few of your favorite movies once the sun goes down.

Luau Party Ideas

Luau Party

A luau party is a great way to celebrate the summer or to send the summer off once fall arrives. In truth, any time of year is perfect for a luau party, even if you can’t actually hold it outside. If you are planning a luau party and need some help rounding out the theme, finding the right luau party supplies, picking a venue, or picking a menu, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some great ideas to kick off or help you finish up your party planning.

Luau Food Ideas

A large part of planning the right party is to have the right food. It’s what people will remember, more than the decorations and the activities. If you are looking to build your luau party menu, here are some suggestions that are sure to impress your guests:

  • Grilled vegetable kabobs – Everyone is going to be expecting meat—that’s a traditional part of a luau—but what about some vegetables? Red peppers, mushrooms, onion, and zucchini all threaded onto a skewer are a delicious and colorful addition to your table that will be perfect for someone looking for lighter fare or who simply doesn’t eat meat.
  • Meat kabobs – While pork would be an obvious choice, if you prefer chicken or beef, those will be just as tasty on a skewer and broiled on your grill. A sweet barbecue sauce, brushed onto the meat during cooking will add a little bit of island flavor to this part of your luau party. Just make sure to soak the skewers in water before you use them, or they will burn.
  • Pineapple upside down cupcakes – A pineapple upside down cake might be a bit ambitious for your guests to eat with their hands (as is the luau way), but a cupcake is a great way to get the same flavor, in a bite-sized package. Instead of using cupcake liners, just make sure the cupcake pan is well greased, and add some pieces of pineapple to the bottom of each before pouring in your cupcake mix.
  • Fruit salad – Is there anything better than fresh fruit salad? While it might be more traditionally American to add some cool whip to the diced fruit, simply tossing the fruit together, without any added sweetener is a great way to add a lot of color to your table and provide a healthier option for those that maybe want to avoid the cupcakes but still want something sweet.
  • Pork sliders – Pork sliders are just as much fun as big pork sandwiches, and if you just provide the buns and let each person build their own set of sliders, everyone is sure to get a meal that they love.

These are just a few options that can make a fast and easy spread for any luau party! Change up the ingredients and the mix so that the food fits your needs and the needs of your guests.

Luau Party Supplies

Decorating for a luau party is perhaps easier than decorating for just about any other party. With a myriad of luau party supplies available, it’s simple to find the exact items you want or need, at a great price. Here are some of the best luau party supplies:

  • Bamboo string lights–A little bit of kitschy lighting can completely transform your space. These bamboo string lights over a door or hung from a tree, are a great way to help set the ambiance and theme of your party.
  • Hula skirts for your tables – While you will probably want hula skirts for your guests, too, you can also find grass skirts that will wrap around tables. This is a great way to make even a plastic rental table look like it is on-theme. Wrap one around your buffet table, around your cocktail tables, and more!
  • Hibiscus plates and napkins–If you are looking for great paper products that will help round out your tables, these beautiful, multi-colored plates are the ultimate choice. Not only do they fit perfectly into the luau party theme, they are just as functional as other paper products.
  • Leis for days – Parties 2 Order has lots of different lei styles to choose from, whether you want rainbow lies, realistic looking leis, or leis in a specific color. Presenting each of your guests with a lei when they arrive will immediately set the tone and theme of the party.

These are just some of the great luau party supplies that you will need to make your party as perfect as it can be.

Luau Party Activities and Venues

Some luau party activities are obvious. You will probably want to limbo at some point. You will probably also want to dance the hula—otherwise, what’s the point of wearing the skirts, right? These two activities can be great fun for your guests, but they are probably not going to occupy everyone for the entire party. Other outdoor games can be encouraged, including volleyball or soccer, or you could set up and watch a great Hawaiian-themed movie.

Picking the right venue will simply be a matter of time and tastes. If you are planning your luau party during the summer, a backyard or even the beach are great venues and come with their own set of activities to keep your guests busy. On the other hand, if you are planning a party for the fall or winter, it might be better to pick a large indoor space that gives you plenty of room to spread out and still have fun.

6 Summer Decorations for a Great Beach Party

summer decorations

Summer decorations, summer party supplies

A beach party is one of our favorite summer party ideas. If you are headed to the beach with your friends, here are some of the summer party supplies you’re going to need in order to make your party great:

1. Nautical Decorations

If you’re planning a party on the beach, nothing makes more sense than nautical-themed decorations. A garland with nautical flags would be the perfect decoration for a table or beach “home base.” All you need are some yellow and blue stripped ribbon and a piece of string and you can easily make your very own summer decorations. Keeping with the yellow, white, and blue theme, if you find yellow and blue napkins and white plates, you can easily tie your entire party together with one simple concept. Because nautical decorations lend themselves so well to the rustic atmosphere of the beach, your summer party supplies will blend perfectly into the natural background for your party.

2. Shells Everywhere

Seashells are synonymous with the beach and they make a great centerpiece or even hanging decoration for your beach party. Depending on what beach you are using as the venue for your party, you might be able to just go down a little bit early and find handfuls of great shells to place on your tables or gather into a centerpiece. Just rinse them off in the ocean and they will be ready to go! Most beaches will even was shells up with the surf, so they’ll be lined up along the surf-line, ripe for the picking. Even just putting a few shells on your table can be a great way to add some fun beach flair to your party.

3. Sand and Candles

Especially if the beach has soft, warm sand, you can use this sand in glass bowls or jars to help hold up some candles. The jar or bowl will protect the candle from the sea breeze, and will help tie your party into its venue. You might want to buy sand, rather than just use the sand from the beach, unless you have an expansive beach where you can find dry sand. Wet sand will not hold the candles as well and as it dries, will retract from the candles. Use a few shells on top of the sand to help stabilize it and given it an even more beachy appearance.

4. Make the food be your decoration

If you’re having a clambake, the vibrant colors of the lobsters, corn, potatoes, and clams will be an excellent complement to whatever other summer party supplies you have added to the event. They can also be the inspiration from which you draw your other summer decorations. Pick red and yellow plates to match the lobster and corn, or choose something stark white like the clams to act as a visual counterpoint. Dump the bake onto a tray and put it in the middle of the table so all guests can eat family-style, and you’re guaranteed to have a beautiful table.

5. Sand Bucket Centerpieces

Buy a few plastic sand pails and fill them with shells or simply fill them with flowers. Set them around the table and you’ll have excellent, on-theme centerpieces for your tables. If you don’t like the look of the plastic, opt for metal or enameled metal instead. Both of these will give you the same effect. If you don’t want to put fragrant flowers on the table, you might want to opt instead for using these buckets to hold utensils and napkins, so they are right at your guests’ fingertips as they need them. Once the food has all been eaten, you can then use the pails to build fantastic sand castles!

6. Fishnet

This is the ideal beach party decoration, and it’s also cheap and easy to find. Throw it across a table to make it instantly on-theme or toss it on the ground to designate the party area. While you probably don’t want to use fishnet made for party decorations to actually fish, it will play into the beach theme and will help round out the rest of your party’s décor. Don’t forget to look for fishnet in a variety of colors to match the rest of your decorations.

While having an impromptu party on the beach can be serious fun, it can be far more fun to take a little time to get some decorations together. Any of these ideas are easy, simple ways to add even more life to your party. Along with these decorations, you will want the right plates and cups. When planning a party of the beach, you have to account for the wind and for the spray. While paper might not be the best option, plastic plates and cups could be a great alternative, as long as you have a way to weigh them down when they are not piled with food or full of drink.

Your beach party decorations do not have to end just with these six suggestions. Any Hawaiian-themed party supplies will work perfectly for your beach bash, including leis, silk flowers and grass skirts, yacht caps, and sailor hats. Use sand, stones, and shells from the beach to help weigh things down and you’ll have fun, disaster-free beach party, complete with awesome decorations. For more summer decorations and party supplies, check out our store!