The Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013

A Luau Themed Summer Party

A Luau Themed Summer Party

You’ve got one big advantage when planning a summer birthday party, compared to wintertime.

Warm summer weather which means you can include outside activities.  With a little planning and perhaps reserving a spot at a local park, your birthday party options have multiplied.

To help you narrow down the possibilities, here are the Top 5 Summer Birthday Party Themes for 2013:

  1. Buzz.  As in Buzz like a bee.
  2. Stars. Summertime is the best season for star gazing and a popular party theme.
  3. Patriotic.  With Memorial Day in May, Flag Day June 14th and Independence Day July 4th, there will be plenty of flags flying.
  4. Hollywood.  Walk the Red Carpet.
  5. Luau. The perfect outdoor party theme for all ages.

Explore in more detail each of these summer birthday party themes at our Birthday Decorations website.

August Party Ideas

Fight the August Lull!

August is the time of year where certain things seem to pick up, while others drop off.  School starts up again and the weather is still warm, but the leaves haven’t changed enough to really warrant a fall party.  So how do break up the weird monotony of the month between summer and fall?  Throw a party!

Backyard Barbecue

While it’s typically a more summery party, many people plan cookouts and backyard barbecues up through Labor Day.  That makes this the perfect party idea for the transition from summer to fall.  Plan for the traditional foods that fit a backyard barbecue theme—ribs and pulled pork. You could go as far as to offer a non-barbecue option—simply put a dry rub on the ribs in addition to some with barbecue sauce.  Do the same with the pulled pork—make some with barbecue sauce and some without.  This will not only give your guests options, but it might result in a bigger turnout at your backyard barbecue!

This party theme will also give you an opportunity to go decorating crazy!  Wear a fun chef’s apron and hat.  You can also find the classic red and white checkered table covers for all your tables.  One more fun decoration to add to your barbecue is a menu held up by a friendly chef!

Lake-Side Soirees and Picturesque Picnics

Usually, no one expects an elegant party during the summer or fall seasons—it’s simply too warm to warrant “dressing up.”  Look around for a park in your area with a small pond or a lake and plan a fun lake-side get-together for you and your friends.  You could even give it a theme, like a fun Victorian-era Sunday at the park!  Request that your guests dress in a light, airy fabric.  Then, plan a picnic lunch for you and your friends.  Make sure to check for allergies before you prepare your picnic lunches.  Plan to make ham and turkey sandwiches for the adults that attend, but also this of the children!  Prepare some peanut butter sandwiches with jelly or honey.  Prepare a few other classic picnic lunch foods, too, like pasta salad, potato salad, and (for dessert) chocolate chip cookies!  As far as drinks go, you can serve lemonade in fun goblets at the beginning of the picnic.  Before you guests arrive, fill a few pitchers or a large bowl with water, ice, and a few lemon slices.  Then add some tea bags, cover your pitcher or bowl, and let it steep.  Keep extra ice on hand in a nearby cooler.  Towards the end of the party, maybe just after dinner, pour all your guests a glass of freshly-made sun tea!

While these are only two ideas of how to break up the August monotony, there are more ideas out there.  Show your friends and neighbors how creative you can get with your August party ideas!

Show-Stopper Decorations for Summer Corporate Mixers

Begin your search for show-stopper decorations for your corporate mixer by considering party themes first. Once you do, the rest of the planning will fall into place.

Popular Summer Mixer Themes
Themes that go over well for summer and remind us of the outdoors (whether we are actually outdoors or not) also readily help achieve the usual goals of a mixer to be relaxed, casual and fun. Some of our summer favorites are Luau, Western, Safari and Picnic. Each lends itself to an easily-recognizable identity, set of activities (e.g., picnic with softball games, luau with hula or limbo contests), certain types of food and drink, and entertaining wearables. Knowing the “script” helps guests feel comfortable right away.

Show-Stopper Theme Decorations
A “show stopper” is a decoration that generates immediate conversation and enthusiasm, so it will function initially as your first ice-breaker. You can achieve this result simply with a large decoration, but most often kudos is earned not just due to size but because the decoration is unique by itself or cleverly accompanied or customized in some way.

Entrances & Arches: Start the buzz early right at the entrance to banquet room, beer garden or park shelter with an arch or other entrance decorations from your chosen theme decorations kit, such as shown at right. Most arches come with personalization options so you can customize a welcome greeting, mixer slogan and/or sponsor credit. Leave off the date/year if you intend for the mixer to become an annual event with the same theme, so that you can re-use the decorations.

If the event absolutely is outdoors with little or no shelter, adorn the entrance with a heavy-duty vinyl theme banner that meets your specific specifications as to size and customization.

Party Backgrounds: Once inside the entrance, party backgrounds and murals can draw the eye (and the rest of the guest) inward and further the theme. Use them also as backdrops for guest speakers, entertainers and group photos.

Backgrounds and backdrops can be customized by material and size, and personalized with event information just as banners can.

Free-Standing Decorations: Large free-standing themed decorations, such as cardboard cutouts or decorative trees, likewise deliver additional points of interest and add depth to wall décor. They can also be used to help break up larger spaces into more intimate settings for smaller conversation groups or to create separations between teams for structured activities.

You will find such props indispensable for photo ops for a roving photographer – imagine the attractiveness of different theme items showing up with guests in a photo album on a website or social media site afterward.

Other Advantages of Theme for a Corporate Mixer
Selecting a theme for your summer mixer presents you with an array of show-stopper decorations, but don’t stop there. Take a look at the low cost of our event printing on invitations as a standout alternative to today’s ubiquitous email invitations. Also, check out tableware in your theme for wowza centerpieces, and be sure to shop for matching gift bags or boxes ready to receive guest contact information lists and corporate spirit supplies.

Planning for the Annual Block Party

Welcome Warm Weather with a Block Party

As the weather warms up, many people start getting the urge to shift their free-time activities outdoors.  Cold winter weather often causes people to go slightly stir crazy, especially when the first warm day hits.  What better way to welcome spring and summer than with a block party?  Whether you plan a block party every year or this is your first (hopefully of many), there are many ways to make your planning easier.

Quick and Easy Block Party Planning

Turn your yard (and your neighbors’ yards) into one big picnic site.  Yes, many block parties are cookouts, but people usually plan to bring table and chairs.  Why not simply throw some blankets on the grass and allow your kids to eat while sitting on the ground?  Also, it gives you the chance to enjoy the simplicity that is a picnic—when is the last time you (or your kids) went on a picnic?  Can you think of a better way to ring in spring than with a picnic?  To make your picnic block party fun and slightly whimsical, find red gingham table covers and use those as your picnic blankets!  The fun part here is that your kids might be slightly confused while they watch Mom roll red and white plastic onto the ground.  Then, begin to set out plates and napkins—take this chance to try eco-friendly tableware.  Why not?  They even come in a picnic kit!  Either assign specific people to bring certain foods or just call it a potluck and have everyone bring something.  The men could have a grilling competition and the kids could decorate aprons for their dads.

Block Party Activity Planning

Every party needs a game!  Your block party could use a few games, too.  Definitely pick out a piñata, because there is nothing quite as entertaining as watching kids scramble around for candy once the piñata bursts open.  You can look into card games, too—Uno is always a favorite!  Also, try to plan a few sports-related games just for fun for your party guests that are in the pre-teen age range.  Go for a bean bag toss and plan a pick-up game of basketball or soccer.

Gather your neighbors to help you welcome spring and summer with a huge block party!  Relax with a picnic, enjoy the outdoors that you’ve been kept away from all winter.  Have fun with your neighbors and make some new friends—you could even get a jump start on planning your next block party!

Not Just Any Picnic—Theme It!

The summer is a perfect time to have a picnic with the kids, grandkids, or friends and soak up some sun! What’s even better is to create a theme for your picnic with theme party supplies to keep everyone entertained and excited about picnicking. You can even have “play dates” with friends & their children each week and rotate the organizer role so everyone can get creative! Here are some great themes for your summer picnics:

Beach Party:
Be a cool surfer dude or dudette at your next picnic. You’ll be riding the cool wave with your kids for a long time with this theme!

Sports Party Picnic:
The boys and sporty girls will LOVE a sports themed picnic with tons of games and activities!

Whether you choose one of these fun party themes or one of your own, we’re sure your lunch guests will be excited to picnic with you in the future!


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