As the warm days of summer come to an end, there’s no better way to close the season than by hosting an unforgettable end of summer party. An end-of-summer party is the perfect way to create lasting memories with your friends and family celebrating the joys of summer and looking forward to the cooler seasons ahead.
Throwing an amazing event takes a little planning, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. With these simple steps, you can plan and host the ultimate end of summer party. Get ready for good times, mouth-watering food, and activities that’ll have everyone smiling and laughing together!
Choose the Perfect Date and Time
Timing is everything when it comes to hosting a memorable end-of-summer party. Take into account your guest’s busy schedules including older kid’s college start dates, parent’s work commitments, and other events.
You can even offer guests a few options and go with the date that works best for most of your guests. Decide whether a laid-back lunch BBQ, a refreshing afternoon pool party, or an enchanting evening under the stars best suits your guests.
Select a Captivating End Of Summer Theme
Choosing a fun theme that sets the tone for your celebration and gets everyone excited. Go with fun options your guests will love:
- Classic Backyard BBQ: Think picnic tables and red checkered tablecloths.
- Beach Bonanza decorated with inflatable palm trees and beach balls.
- Movie Under the Stars with a big outdoor screen and guests dressed in pajamas.
This is the time to let your creativity shine! Encourage your guests to embrace the theme by dressing up, and watch the party atmosphere elevate to new heights!
Plan Your End of Summer Party Invitations
You’ve got the date set and themed decorations on the way; now it’s time to officially invite your guests! Whether you go with hand-crafted mailed invitations or are more of an e-vite kind of person, this is the time to go all out with your design skills! Go heavy on your theme to excite and entice your guests (and make sure everyone shows up on-theme!)
Send out your invites weeks in advance to lock in your spot on everyone’s calendars. This party is a low-stress event perfect if you’re looking to mix friend groups or make new connections between your brunch friends and your work friends. The dynamic and mix of personalities will keep the party fun and fresh.
End of Summer Food Ideas for Your Menu
The food at your party can elevate a fun evening to a brag-worthy event. Indulge your guests with a menu that celebrates the flavors of the season and the flair of your chosen theme.
Classic Backyard BBQ: Fire up the grill and serve mouthwatering BBQ recipes or classic burgers and hot dogs. Set up a s’mores station for a melty dessert kids will love. Offer a DIY BBQ sauce-making station for guests to get creative.
Beach Bonanza: Fish tacos, sandwich boards, and charcuterie boards will shine at this party. Make custom popsicles or a DIY sundae bar for dessert!
Movie Under the Stars: Rent a popcorn machine and set up a snack bar with endless candy and soda options. For a more substantial menu, opt for soft pretzels or a build-your-own nacho bar.
Remember to accommodate the dietary preferences and food allergies of all guests to be sure everyone can enjoy the food and fun.
Themed Decorations and Ambiance
Transforming your party venue with the perfect decor brings your party theme to life! From beach balls to twinkle lights, adding little touches will bring magic to your venue’s ambiance. Here are a few themed ideas:
Classic Backyard BBQ: Think casual Picnic-Style Seating with gingham-patterned tablecloths or placemats, string lights hung above, and mason jar lanterns on tables (bonus points for citronella candles to keep the bugs at bay). Chalkboard signs can help guests navigate the parts, and balloons in red and white can liven up the space.
Beach Bonanza: Set the scene with a sandy entrance by placing a sandbox or beach sand at the entrance. Decorate the area with inflatable palm trees and florals, set out hammocks and beach chairs for a casual setting, and decorate with coastal colors, seashells, nautical rope, themed pool floats and beach balls.
If it’s safe and allowed, create a beach bonfire area with logs and a fire pit, where guests can gather and roast marshmallows for s’mores.
Movie Under the Stars: Set up a large white sheet or a portable projection screen for the movie. Mountains of blankets and pillows will make your guests comfy and cozy, or go all out with inflatable sofas.
Line the pathways leading to dining and activity areas with candles or lanterns to guide guests safely to their seats. Use glow-in-the-dark decorations like stars or glow sticks to add a magical touch as the night darkens.
Get crafty with DIY decorations, like mason jar candle holders wrapped in nautical ropes, or get some retail therapy with inflatable decorations. Just let your imagination run wild and create an unforgettable setting that your guests won’t be able to resist.
Curate the Perfect Summer Party Playlist
Color affects our mood and so does music! No party is complete without music that makes everyone want to dance like no one’s watching! Create a playlist that matches your theme and to immerse guests in the vibe of your party.
Mix in age-appropriate crowd favorites and upbeat tunes that will keep the energy soaring all night long. Whether it’s classic summer anthems, tropical beats, or feel-good pop hits, let the music set the mood.
Fun Activities End of Summer Party
Games and activities are the life of the party. Plan a variety of games to keep guests of all ages entertained throughout the event. Add color powder to your games and activities to elevate classic games into unforgettable experiences. Our color powder cleans up well, is easy to use – and it’s safe for kids.
Set up an on-theme photo booth with props so your guests can capture hilarious moments to remember forever! An instant photo printer upgrades your photo booth from an activity to a party favor-making machine!
Go all out and end your party with a color powder dance party or a color powder war saying farewell to summer in clouds of color and laughter. With color powder packets and squeeze bottles prep couldn’t be easier.
Classic Backyard BBQ: Limbo, tug-of-war, watermelon or pie eating contests, scavenger hunts, water balloon tosses, and classic yard games like ladder golf and cornhole are all perfect at a backyard BBQ.
Movie Under the Stars: Set the vibe with blanket fort-building contests, a glow-in-the-dark dance party, outdoor karaoke, share camping stories, movie trivia bingo, stargazing with a telescope, and shadow puppets on the screen.
End of Summer Party Favors and Keepsakes
As your party winds down, send your guests off with an on-theme token to express your gratitude for their presence. Printed photos, a color powdered t-shirt, and on-theme small gifts are the perfect send-off.
Classic Backyard BBQ: This theme is perfect for favors like small bottles for DIY sauces to go, s’mores kits, seed packets, custom aprons, and color-coordinated flip-flops.
Beach Bonanza: Mini beach buckets with beach basics like sunscreen lip balm and Mosquito Repellent Bracelets, custom koozies, tote bags, coconut candles, and beach towels would all be a hit.
Movie Under the Stars: Individual personalized popcorn bags, movie night blankets, star-shaped cookies, and customized drink tumblers are all perfect party favors for this theme. Or go all out and make
Outdoor Movie Survival Kits with mini flashlights and travel-size hand sanitizer, bug spray, and sunscreen.
If you’ve gone with a color war or dance-off, guests can preserve the color in their shirts to keep as a party favor with a few simple steps.
Planning The Perfect End-Of-Summer Party
From choosing the perfect date and captivating theme to on-theme food, vibrant decorations, engaging activities, and an epic playlist – your party is destined for success. Embrace your creativity, add your personal touch, and remember to enjoy the moments together as you create lasting memories with your loved ones.