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Simple & Charming Summer Party decor ideas

Warm sunshine filled days and evenings out under the stars- summer entertaining is just around the corner and I can hardly wait. 

This year, the weather has seemed to want to keep a bit of the winter chill and rain around longer than usual. But that just means that the lush foliage that has been appearing with all the rain will hopefully keep us looking green longer than we normally do here in California. 
And that is always a good thing when entertaining outdoors.
We have a family reunion party planned in July- and I am keeping fingers crossed that the grass and gardens will be in full bloom and beautiful even then.
And today, I am sharing a simple, easy and oh so charming idea for a summer party.
This party styling is from my book (FIND IT HERE) -
 and it was a favorite to set up and enjoy. 

Thanks so much to my sweet friend Ella Claire for hosting this fun favorite tour

It started with a favorite beach bicycle and a handful of pretty balloons.

I love the idea of welcoming guests in a unique way- with a charming sign or a banner.
And for this party, I decided to place a beach bike in the yard with a grabbed a handful of balloons and tied them to the back of a beach bicycle.
You can also add a sign if you would like with a greeting-
 and then simply place your bike by the front drive,
near your entry or by the party table to greet guests as they arrive. 

A bonus is that the bike is also a perfect photo prop for partygoers to enjoy.
Just encourage guests to take a few fun snaps on the bike for memories.

This is one from a few years ago- my big goofy boys posed and took snaps for hours.

So much fun- and great memories. 

For the table styling for this party- I kept it simple. 
A few more balloons tied to a chair
and place settings with layers of pretty dishes 
just waiting for a slice of cake.

Pretty packages tied with twine are a favorite thing- I love the mix of a little fancy and rustic.
A tip is to place them on the table for a sweet touch and decoration.

For treats- a cutting board loaded up with cheese, crackers, nuts and fruits is a simple and easy way to set out snacks for guests to nibble on and flowers in vintage decanters 
and bottles march down the table with a few candles creating a centerpiece.

And for dessert- a decadent and delicious feast for the eyes as well as enjoying- 
a 5 layer chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and figs and berries
tastes incredible.

You can find more of this party setting and several others in my

and don't miss all the beauty and inspiration that my friends are sharing 
for summer decorating ideas too.
So much gorgeousness in those photos below!


  1. The picture of your boys cracked me up! I love all of your beautiful ideas, Courtney! So stunning.

    1. Hahah!! They are such goofballs!!! I laughed so much when I saw the photos! :)