Outdoor Party Ideas

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Beautiful sunny weather, burgers cooking on the grill, ice cold drinks, and all of your closest friends—what’s not to love about an outdoor party? Whether you’re hosting a barbeque, a pool party, or a casual gathering, planning the perfect outdoor party is all in the details.

Armed with a toolkit of hostess supplies and party necessities, you can transform your backyard into the ultimate venue for gathering with your nearest and dearest. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite outdoor party ideas and fun outdoor entertaining products to help make your event one to remember.

Drinkware Essentials

It wouldn’t be a proper backyard bash without an open bar, would it? In preparation for your outdoor party, stock your bar with plenty of wine glasses and other drinkware. Drink huggers, pitchers and ice cube molds are all helpful to have on-hand for a backyard barbeque. 

Don’t forget about the little details; playful items like a palm tree wine bottle stopper and an  anchor bottle opener would be perfect for a summer pool party!

Anchor Bottle Opener

Stay Cool

There’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink on a hot day. Unfortunately, nobody likes a drink that has been warmed up by the sun! Insulated wine glasses are the perfect solution to keep drinks as cool and refreshing as the moment they were first poured.

Wine FREEZE Cooling Cups keep your red wines cooled to the perfect cellar temperature (between 58 and 63 degrees Fahrenheit) and your white wines chilled to a frosty 43 to 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Not all of your guests are wine drinkers? Stock up on Margarita FREEZE Cooling Cups and Martini FREEZE Cooling Cups too!

Wine FREEZE Cooling Cups

Stainless steel or double wall tumblers are another classic choice for keeping drinks cold, even on the hottest of days.

Wine Slushy Bar

Have you hopped aboard the wine slushies train yet? Sure, a chilled glass of white wine is a refreshing treat on a hot day. But add a fruit-flavored slushy to the mix, and you’ll really get your outdoor party started!

Preparing a wine slushy is simple: add the flavored wine slush mix to your favorite dry wine, then stir, freeze and serve. Arrange a few pitchers of the prepared slushies on the bar so guests can refill their glass as often as they like.

Our mixes come in a range of fun, tropical flavors:

Pina Colada Wine Slush Mix

Banish Bug Bites

Nothing puts a damper on an outdoor gathering faster than pesky mosquitoes! Even worse than their constant buzzing is the itching and swelling that occurs after a bite. The Bug Bite Thing is an easy-to-use suction tool that actually extracts the irritant from below your skin, stopping the reaction in its tracks. 

This nifty tool is a must-have for every hostess who lives in a warm climate with a large population of mosquitoes—your party guests will thank you!

The Bug Bite Thing

Party Games

Good food, drinks and music is usually all it takes to keep the party going. But if you’re looking to provide a little more entertainment for your guests, what better way than with fun party games?

Block Party is a classic game with a boozy twist—perfect for setting up anywhere in the backyard. Pong Wars and Stacking Chairs are two more drinking games that are sure to put a smile on every guest’s face.

Pong Wars

Dress Code

Nothing says “summer soiree” like a preppy, colorful sundress! Bold prints, breezy textures and vibrant colors are must-haves for the perfect summer dress. Slip on your sunglasses and your Jack Rogers, and you have a comfortable, classic outfit for an outdoor party.

If your backyard party is a bit more casual, you can’t go wrong with a fun graphic t-shirt. Our “Margaritas Made Me Do It” t-shirt says it all!

Margaritas Made Me Do It T-shirt

We hope you’re feeling inspired after reading these backyard party ideas—cheers to an unforgettable get-together!

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  • Corey O'Loughlin
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