One of my favorite ways to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather is to host (or attend) a little evening get-together. Parties like these don't have to involve a lot of planning and can usually be thrown together quite easily with a few simple touches. Globe lanterns like the ones pictured above can be found at IKEA and I'm willing to bet you've got some votive candles stuck in a drawer somewhere. Throw a long tablecloth over your picnic table and suddenly you've created something magical! 

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What a fun idea to string a fixture from a tree and affix more strands of light to it. Tree stumps for chairs? Genius! 

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Backyard movie night, I love it! Are those futon cushions propped up for prime viewing? Smart! String up a white sheet and hunt down a projector and you're set.

If you're lucky enough to have a pergola like this one, why not string up some bulbs for a little dinnertime ambiance? 

Fire pits make summer nights so much fun. I love how this one was built for entertaining. Anyone else have a sudden craving for s'mores? 

A Moroccan themed party like this one seems like it would be pretty easy to pull together. Gather together a few rugs and blankets, add in some comfy cushions and maybe a lantern or two, voila! Party perfection.  

Have you hosted a summer party yet this year? Got any great tips for the rest of us?

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