Summer is a great season (and reason) for parties! Think about it: warm weather means gathering families for outdoor cookouts and backyard picnics. So why not put a spin on your next great gathering with a party theme? These cool summer party themes are family-friendly and offer a great number of options for refreshments, decorations, and more!

Ice Cream Social

What could be more classic than an ice cream-themed party for the summer? It’s pretty simple to put together–lay out different flavors of ice cream at the table and watch as your guests have fun with the combinations of sauces, toppings, and even pastries for the a la mode touch. Let your family help decorate the place to match your theme with ice-cream-inspired decorations, such as ice cream cone cutouts. 

Under The Sea Fantasy Party

Sharks and mermaids and dolphins, oh my! Surround your guests with the cooling colors of the ocean while enjoying underwater-themed food and drinks. From cupcakes and jello shots to sandwiches shaped like sea stars, there’s always an ocean-themed snack to satisfy everyone. This summer-ready party theme is perfect for kids’ birthday parties, but grownups can also have fun with blue cocktails, sushi rolls, and dips decorated with sea creature-shaped vegetables. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not add an underwater-inspired organic balloon garland for decoration?

Fresh Fruit Bash

Look through Pinterest and party-planner sites, and you will find lots of themed summer parties centered around fruit: lemonade, watermelon, pineapple. Pick a fruit–any fruit–and build your family party’s theme around it with printed tablecloths, matching balloons, and both sweet and savory food made with the fruit of your choice. And don’t forget the unlimited fresh-squeezed fruit juice for the whole family!

Island Time BBQ

Break out the brightly-colored floral shirts and tiki torches for an island-inspired party. This is a perfect theme for family barbecues and get-togethers because of the bright tropical colors inspired by tropical flowers and sunsets. Decorate your home with plastic leis and put up a sunset-inspired photo wall for an instant vacation experience. For more “island” cred, you can also serve Hawaii-local favorites such as huli huli chicken, Hawaiian-roll teriyaki sliders, and passion-orange guava juice.

Summer Tex-Mex Fiesta

Make any day a Taco Tuesday (or Fajita Friday) with a Tex-Mex feast. This party theme is a great way for families to experiment with old and new Mexican favorites, from fajitas and loaded nachos to birria tacos and grilled street corn. Now’s also the time to try out recipes for aguas frescas that will quench everyone’s thirst without the added buzz. If you’re trying out this theme for a birthday party, you can even decorate your place to match your pinata!

This summer, spruce up your parties with a refreshing and inspiring family-friendly party theme to go with your food and drinks. Pick one for your next get-together, or combine them with similar party themes for a fun bash!

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