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20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties

Summertime calls for a distinctly unfussy approach to entertaining, and thankfully so because who wants to sweat over planning a summer soiree? Make things easier on yourself by hosting outdoors instead of in, getting guests to pitch in and embracing low-key, budget-friendly decor. From DIY flowers and quick extra tables to a beachy outdoor bar, these 20 ideas will make your party planning easier.
20. Consider the arc of your evening. Moving your guests from place to place is a great way to keep the evening moving along and keep folks talking. Start with appetizers and drinks on the porch, move into the backyard for dinner, gather around the fire pit for dessert, and carry mugs of coffee on a postdessert walk to the water or somewhere equally pretty.