It seems like only yesterday that we were sunbathing by the pool, grilling burgers at picnics, and vacationing at the beach. Now, it’s time to give summer the awesome send-off it deserves. Gather your friends and soak up some of the last bits of summer fun with a rocking party that will be remembered for many seasons to come. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Set the Scene

First, look for inspiration. Think about what summer means to you and use it as the back story for your décor.

Hawaiian-themed glasses
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Yearning for some sun-drenched tropical fun? Plant down some Tiki lights, prop up your old surfboard, and have guests dress up in sundresses and Hawaiian shirts for a luau-style bash.

For a laid-back Reggae party, decorate with bright, Jamaican-inspired colors such as red, green, and yellow. To get even more in the spirit of things, opt for dreadlocks wigs and tie-dyed shirts, and then crank up some Bob Marley from your playlist.

Choose the Menu

Anything goes at an end-of-summer party. Lay out a spread that features some of summer’s favorite fare. Use your outdoor setting as an opportunity to grill up some barbecued pork sliders and corn cobs. Whet your guests’ appetites with this refreshing Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Dressing from The Garden Grazer.

One bite of this seriously delicious Asian Chicken Thighs dish from Nom Nom Paleo will have your guests raving and craving for more Asian-inspired goodness.

Summer fruit salad
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End your feast on a sweet note with this pretty, mouth-watering Summer Fruit Salad with Lemon Dressing from Jo Cooks.

Make the Play

Prepare some activities and games that capture the playful summer spirit all over again. Whip out your smartphone and the karaoke mic, and shoot videos of your friends belting out some of their most diva-esque performances.

For a party activity that’s heavy on fun and light on fuss, try playing your own version of TV’s Minute to Win It game show. Contestants on the show win prizes for accomplishing simple yet wacky challenges under 60 seconds. Many of the tasks involve inexpensive or ordinary items that are very easy to gather.

Quick Draw and Minute to Win It
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“This Blows” is a challenge where players blow up a balloon and use the air from the balloon to knock 15 cups off a table. To play “Face the Cookie,” players place a cookie on their forehead and try to move the cookie to their mouths using only their facial muscles.

Hold off autumn a little while longer and relive the carefree days of summer with these fun, sunshiny ideas.

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