Hosting a Gathering? Here Are 5 End-of-Summer Party Ideas

Diverse friends toasting at table with candles in garden Photo by Askar Abayev

Summer has not ended yet, but we all start to feel the slow approaching of fall. Whether you have had enough of the heat and longing for warm cups of cocoa in front of the fireplace or you wish for a never-ending summer, there are a few still left of this season to enjoy. And, how to make the best of them if not by hosting a goodbye-summer party?! There are endless themes and party ideas that you can bring to life to surprise your guests and turn your backyard into a magical place. Here are just a few ideas to help you get planning. 

Opt for a Pool or Beach Party

There are only a few weeks left to enjoy the sunshine and high temperatures – and you should not waste a minute of it! If you have access to a beach or a pool, make sure you relocate your party to these locations – nothing beats a beach party! Firstly, there is nothing more relaxing than chilling by the pool sipping on a cocktail or mocktail. Secondly, this idea can help you keep your guests cool even if the day of your party is still very hot!

Have Plenty of Water Games and Entertainment

Not everyone might have easy access to a pool or beach area. And, if you have spent time gardening for your health and to turn your garden into an enchanted place, now is the time to show off the results of your efforts. You can make your backyard more enjoyable by organizing water and group games and providing all-around entertainment. There are plenty of game ideas to put into practice, but make sure you are using water conservatively and responsibly. Ideally, try to collect rainwater for your games instead of resorting to clean one!

Enjoy a Movie Night

If you are looking for a more relaxing, dreamy atmosphere, consider turning your backyard into an outdoor movie theatre. For this, everything you need is a screen, a projector and plenty of snacks. To make the experience more enjoyable and comfortable for your guests, use throws, cushions, and bean bags. All that is left to do is pick a movie!

Consider a Camping Weekend

Whether you love camping or you have never tried this experience before, there is no better way to celebrate the end of summer if not in a remote location of natural beauty. Camping has many mental and physical benefits. But even more importantly, this experience can help you reconnect with nature and enjoy a storytelling session around a campfire. 

Give It a Theme

To make your party the best event of the season, make sure you give it a theme. For example, you could host a BBQ, organize a scavenger hunt, or pick a certain color. For a more exclusive feel, you could consider a place- or culture-inspired theme. For example, you could host an Italian Summer-inspired party, try this easy and authentic pasta puttanesca recipe, and enjoy Italian music throughout the night. After all, this summer you might have to miss out on a holiday abroad, but you can bring a certain country to your backyard!

Willow Stevens

Willow is a parent of 6, who is starting to feel the emptying nest, with faer oldest child living with his long time girlfriend in a different state, and the next two beginning their talks about jobs and excitment of living on their own. Fae started couponing back in 2007 to save faer growing family some money. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share faer knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Fae enjoys snagging freebies, getting coupon overage, drinking coffee, gardening, rabbits and of course, faer large family.

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