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Summer Party Planner

Easy decorating and entertaining ideas for your next outdoor gathering.

Party Prep

How to Rearrange Your Furniture for a Party
Hosting a party in your home? Create a flow that makes sense by strategically shifting your furniture.

How to Quickly Chill Wine
This video shows a quick, clever cool-down trick that will have you sipping in no time.

How to Fake a Clean House for Company
When you’re short on time, here's how to give your living spaces the illusion of cleanliness.

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How to Throw a Summer Dinner Party

Bored of the typical dinner party fare? Host a taco party for 10—with a twist!
Photo: David Meredith

20 Essentials for an All-American Barbecue

From supplies to recipes, here's how to host a stellar backyard bash.
Photo: David Meredith

16 Tips for an Effortless Outdoor Party

Here’s how to create a backyard oasis where the revelers are satiated and no one gets eaten alive.
Photo: Joyce Lee

Throw an Easy, Outdoor Cocktail Party

Create an al fresco lounge right in your own backyard.
Photo: Jonny Valiant
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Set the Mood

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3 Awesome Playlists for Summer Parties
Set the mood at your next summer bash with Real Simple’s downloadable playlists.

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3 Easy 15-Minute Party Centerpieces
Dress up your home with these stylish vases that take just minutes to make.

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This Is Your Summer Bucket List

Need inspiration for summer fun? Check out this list and see how many you can cross off before Labor Day hits.

  • See a movie at the drive-in
  • Walk on the boardwalk and listen to the boards creak under your feet
  • Blow bubbles

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