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Ways to make your summer party unforgettable

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Make it a bash to remember

Summer is the time to party it up and no one wants to throw a party that’s “so-so.” Use these tips to make sure your summer bash is one your guests will never forget.

Make it a bash to remember

Take it outside

Summer is no time to keep your guests cooped up indoors. Ditch the dining room table and take the party outside. Your guests will have more room to run and you’ll have more space for fun activities. If you don’t have a big outdoor space, utilize your patio or move your party to a local park.

Make it a bash to remember

Light the night

Use different lighting to set the mood and create a scene that’s sure to impress your guests. Use lanterns, string lights and candles all over your party for a look that's simply breathtaking.

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Make it a bash to remember

Bring the inside out

Who says you have to use patio furniture and folding chairs for a summer soirée? Move your dining room table to the back yard and mix indoor chairs with outdoor chairs. It’ll dress up your decor, give your guests something unexpected and make sure everyone is as comfy as possible.

Make it a bash to remember

Make some music

It’s not a party without some music! Bring an iPod boom box outside and encourage your guests to take turns hooking up their iPods and phones. You’ll get a good mix of music and everyone will get a chance to groove to their favorite tunes.

Make it a bash to remember

Get playful

You can only mingle for so long before it gets boring. Whip out some outdoor games to liven things up. Consider games like badminton, bocce and corn hole to get guests talking and having fun. Games like these are great icebreakers and go a long way toward helping people break out of their shells.

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Make it a bash to remember

Fire it up

If you’ve got the space, end the evening with a bonfire. Make things cozy by bringing out blankets and pillows that can be washed and let all your guests gather around the fire. Serve all the fixins for s’mores and campfire fruit pies so everyone can make their own delicious dessert.

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Make it a bash to remember

Pick a theme

Tip: Set up a picture area with a background that matches your theme. Leave a digital camera nearby and let your friends have fun capturing memories of the night.

The best way to beat boring is to choose a fun theme for your summer party. Consider a BBQ theme, a luau, a garden party, a tea party, a western theme or anything that sounds fun. The possibilities are nearly endless. Encourage your guests to arrive in a costume that coordinates with your theme to liven things up just a bit more.

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