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June 21, 2021


Summer Backyard Party Ideas for Adults

June 21, 2021

Summer is here and it’s here to stay—you know what time it is.

It’s time to put that backyard (or patio) to use and have some fun in the sun!

Grab your sunglasses, grab your sunblock, and your favorite drink and let’s get out there!

Here are the top 7 ways to throw the greatest adult backyard party your friends will NEVER forget!

7. Fun Frozen Adult Bevvies

It’s not an adult party without a little adult bevvy, right?

Here are 4 of our favorites just to get you started: 

Prosecco Slushie: For this bit of bubbly, all you’ll need is Prosecco, strawberries (frozen or fresh), lime juice, and vodka. Pop your ingredients into the blender and mix until you’ve got yourself a slushie!

Pro Tip: Feel free to garnish with a little mint if you’ve got it!

Strawberry FroséIf you’re looking for a signature Summer 2020 drink, you’ve found it.

With Rosé, strawberries, vodka, and lemon juice, this Frosé speaks for itself.

Pro Tip: Save some fresh strawberries for garnish!

Frozen Blackberry Lemonade Worried about extra calorie intake but don’t want to miss out on the perfect frozen summer drink? This frozen blackberry lemonade is the one for you.

All you need is blackberries, lemon juice, ice, and a black cherry seltzer of your choosing! Blend on high until smooth and garnish with a lemon wedge!

Raspberry Margaritas Picture this, you’re sitting in a lounge chair, pool-side, the glowing sun warming your skin, a fresh breeze blowing through your hair, ice-cold glass in your hand.

Are you with us?

Got your blender ready?

All you need here is your favorite tequila, Triple Sec (or orange liqueur of your choosing), fresh or frozen raspberries, lime juice, and ice.

All that’s left to say is CHEERS!

6. Melon Filled Citrus Bowls

These adorable fruit cups just give us the ultimate summer vibes. To make these refreshing little treats, all you’ll need is cut lemons for the small bowls, and your favorite fruits or melons!

They’re also the perfect side for your raspberry margs or strawberry frosè!

Or, if you’re really trying to party, soak your fruit in vodka for 4 to 12 hours and turn your fruit cups into spiked fruit cups!

Pro Tip: You guessed it, a sprig of mint for garnish.

5. Backyard Ice Cream Social

You just can’t have a backyard party in the summertime without ice cream!

Take a trip down memory lane and release your inner child by throwing an extravagantly chilling yet thrilling backyard ice cream social!

But wait…isn’t this supposed to be an adult party?

Don’t think we’ve forgotten.

Yup, you guessed it, we’re talking boozy ice cream. 

Make your own or pick up some of these fan favorites at your local grocery store! 

Worried about sticky fingers and keeping everything clean? Make your own sticky fingers station stocked with hand wipes, paper towels, and hand sanitizer! 

4. Movie Night!

What’s better than a good old fashion backyard movie screening?

The answer is, not much.

A warm summer night, popcorn, chocolatey snacks of all shapes and sizes: throw in some comfy throws and plush pillows, and you’ve got a great night on your hands.

Choose a classic film like Greece or Dirty Dancing, or go a bit more modern with an action-packed Avengers film.
Making it a girls’ night? You can’t go wrong with How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson?

Name a better duo – we dare you.

3. Wine Tasting

Did somebody say wine night?

If this doesn’t scream girls’ night, we don’t know what does!

Go all out with a variety of all your favorite wines. Or make it BYOB, otherwise known as, Bring Your Own Bottle.

Set up a long table displaying all your lovely bottles of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

Now, don’t think we’ve forgotten about aesthetics either; we would never.

One word: flower cubes Make these elegant yet simple flower ice cubes to put in your wine chillers.

You will be forever remembered as the party-throwing queen, we promise.

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your cheese platters (this one is our fav)!

2. Backyard Bonfire

Nothing says summer nights better than a bonfire.

You’ll obviously need the essentials, wood, lighter fluid, and a lighter.

Now let’s get into the more important things: the food!

Be sure to stock up your s’mores bar with all of the essentials:

  • Marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate (and lots of it)
  • Hot dogs
  • Popcorn (roasted over the fire of course)

If you want to kick it up a notch, which, let’s be honest, who doesn’t? Check out these Campfire Beer Pancakes; we know how it sounds…just trust us.

And finally, one of our personal favorites: Crack Pretzels

Again, we know how it sounds…have a little faith! These garlic-y, salty little morsels are called Crack Pretzels for a reason; you won’t be able to put them down!

Pro Tip: Even though you’ll still be groovin’ when the sun goes down, it can still get a little chilly. Make your very own cozy station like this one by to ensure your guests stay toasty all throughout the evening!

1. Cocktail Potluck

You know what they say, a hot summer day’s best friend is an ice-cold cocktail.

At least that’s what we say!

Everyone brings the fixings for their favorite cocktail!

Stick to what you know or get crazy and mix and match, you might just create your new favorite drink!

And of course, the perfect swanky outdoor cocktail party isn’t complete without some fresh florals!

Test out your flower arranging skills with these easy but elegant floral gardens by Sugar and Charm!

Hungry for more? Check out our top Birthday Party Themes for Adults That You Must Try!

Party on!