How to Create the Perfect Summer Party Playlist

Need a better soundtrack for your next get-together? Jessica Suarez, playlist editor at Google Play, offers her secrets to a crowd-pleasing mix. 

The One Type of Summer Party That Makes Everyone Happy

Combining classic barbecue fare and old-school activities, this low-key gathering is ideal for a mixed crowd where guests don't know one another. Suitable for ages 3 to 93.

3 Awesome Playlists for Summer Parties

Set the mood at your next summer bash with Real Simple’s downloadable playlists.

5 Picnic-Ready Portable Speakers

These five grab-and-go winners (from 50 tested) turn any smartphone into a party, whether you’re entertaining in the yard, lounging poolside, or just cleaning up the kitchen. You heard it here.

12 Classic Christmas Songs

Celebrate the holidays with these favorite carols performed by some of the best.

The Music

How memories of family sing-alongs in her childhood helped shape her own Thanksgiving playlist.

Halloween Party Checklist

Horrified at the idea of throwing a Halloween bash? Don’t be afraid—we’ve made a list of everything you’ll need for a frightfully fabulous event.

Laid-Back Party Planner

The basics of entertaining, from how much to serve to stress-free party ideas.

Dinner Party Checklist

This step-by-step plan will ensure that you, too, will be able to sit down at your next dinner party.

Songs for Summer Entertaining

Chill out this summer with this mix of breezy songs.

Create a Dinner-Party Playlist

Fail-safe music suggestions.