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Summer Party Ideas

Whether you're planning a company picnic, department outing, teambuilding activity, or a small business gathering, we have plenty of ideas for warm-weather entertaining.

18 Ideas for Classic Americana-Inspired Event Decor

Event professionals have interpreted the concept in styles from folksy to elegant.

Idea File Posted April 1, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

Garden Party Inspiration: 16 Ideas From Spring Flower Shows

This month, flower shows are taking place across the country, showcasing fresh ideas for springy floral arrangements.

Idea File Posted March 26, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

Bar Inspiration: 11 Punches for All Seasons

Punch cocktails are enjoying a revival. Here are creative versions to suggest to bartenders or caterers.

Idea File Posted February 25, 2015, 7:30 AM EST

13 Ideas From Summer Food Events

From serving ideas to staff uniforms, here are inspired ideas from this summer's food-centric events.

Idea File Posted September 2, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Tents and Trucks: a Hamptons 2014 Event Summary

Mega tents and gourmet food trucks are all over the East End this year.

Opinion Column: Ted Kruckel Posted July 25, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

Hot Wheels: 6 New Food Trucks for Outdoor Events

Deliver tasty fare to guests at your next outdoor gathering from some of the newest food trucks on the road.

The Scout Posted July 23, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

10 Inventive Ideas for Frozen Desserts

Here are fun ideas for frozen snacks at summertime events.

Idea File Posted July 14, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Checklist: 8 Steps to Avoid Weather Disasters at Events

Protect guests and crew by planning for any contingency in inclement weather at outdoor gatherings.

Event Intelligence Posted July 2, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

Summer Party Inspiration: 9 Striking Bars for Events

Here are creative bars to inspire your summertime event.

The Scout Posted July 2, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

Forecast: 10 New Ideas for Summer Events

Ideas, products, trends, and other new stuff to have on your radar this season.

The Scout Posted June 30, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

6 Fruit-Filled Decor Ideas From Svedka’s Colorful Summer Party

In an effort to highlight its fruit-flavored offerings, the vodka brand used pineapples, strawberries, and other fresh produce in creative ways.

Event Report Posted June 27, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

12 New Rooftop Venues for Summer Events

Location Scout Posted June 23, 2014, 6:45 AM EDT

A New Way to Control Pests at Outdoor Events

These attractive, compact lanterns release an odorless insecticide.

The Scout Posted June 16, 2014, 8:10 AM EDT

Must-See Summer Desserts: Beach Ball Macarons

A Chicago restaurant's beach-ball-inspired treat is ideal for beach bashes and summer parties.

The Scout Posted June 9, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT

6 New Teambuilding Activities for Summer

Take advantage of the warm weather by booking an outdoor group excursion.

Idea File Posted May 9, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

11 New Dishes to Serve at Summer Events

Cool off during the sweltering months with bites, desserts, and drinks ideal for warm-weather gatherings.

The Scout Posted April 28, 2014, 6:45 AM EDT

18 Lively Ideas for Beach Parties

Take advantage of the warmer weather by hosting an event outside and on the beach.

Idea File Posted April 21, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

How to Give Summer Parties a New Twist

It’s the season to take events outside, so BizBash asked three top designers to reinvent three classic outdoor gatherings.

For Rent Week Posted April 9, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

The Newest Tents for Outdoor Events

Gather your guests under these unique alternatives to the basic big top.

For Rent Week Posted April 8, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Tiki Room: 20 Stylish, Summer-Appropriate Rentals

These items prove a tiki-theme event doesn’t have to veer into kitschy territory.

For Rent Week Posted April 7, 2014, 7:00 AM EDT

Summer's Not Over Yet: 13 Ideas From Diffa’s Picnic by Design

Summer officially ends on September 21, so it’s not too late to take advantage of still-warm weather by hosting an alfresco party. Find inspiration in these steal-worthy picnic spreads from Diffa’s recent benefit.

Event Report Posted August 30, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

10 Summer Games and Activities to Entertain Guests

Boccie, croquet, beach volleyball, and other games are easily adaptable into summertime event entertainment.

Idea File Posted August 1, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Would You Host a Party in a Walk-In Freezer?

Event Snapshot Posted July 31, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

For Rent: 27 New Chairs, Sofas & Tables for Summer Events

The Scout Posted June 17, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

8 New Rooftop Venues for Summer Events

These bars, restaurants, and independent event spaces offer summer entertaining options with great views.

Location Scout Posted June 4, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

29 New Catering and Cocktail Ideas for Summer Events

From calorie-conscious hors d'oeuvres to garden-fresh cocktail ingredients, these summery food and drink trends are ideal for warm-weather picnics and cocktail parties.

Idea File Posted May 29, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

Think Outside the Bun: 10 Fun Burger Ideas for Summer Picnics or Barbecues

From peach marmalade toppings to brownie burgers for dessert, these summery catering ideas can liven up warm-weather bashes.

Idea File Posted May 22, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

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