Weren’t we just celebrating the arrival of summer? It seems like the season showed up just a few weeks ago with its beach tote and flip flops in tow, ready to celebrate warm days and endless nights.
But school days and homework nights are just around the corner, and summer is starting to pack up its bags. So why not send summer off in style with a blowout end-of-summer bash?
If you’ve got kids, get a group of their friends together for some backyard water games. A laundry basket full of water balloons, pool noodle races and a homemade slip-n-slide are just a few backyard party ideas that are easy and cheap to pull off, and they’ll keep a backyard full of kids occupied for hours.
For a hands-on snacking experience, set up a DIY popsicle station using ice pouches or popsicle molds. Making homemade popsicles out of different fruit juices, whole fruit and yogurt is a delicious, healthy alternative to cake and ice cream. Let the kids whip up their own recipes and freeze them in popsicle molds, and a few hours later, they’ll each have their very own frozen concoction to enjoy.
It’s not just kids who are sad to say goodbye to summer — adults mourn the end of the season, too. Help your fellow parents bring an end to the best season of the year with a party of their very own. Hang a piñata on the deck filled with candy (or mini liquor bottles if the kids aren’t around), fire up the grill, and throw some floats in the pool to help splash the end-of-summer sadness away.
While the little ones are busy making their popsicles at the kid-friendly popsicle bar, the adults can make their own grown-up popsicles at the real bar using a few spirits and some sweet summer mixers. Cape Cod popsicles, screwdriver popsicles, and tequila sunrise popsicles are easy to mix and pour into popsicle molds — just make sure you put them in a separate freezer from the kids’ popsicles for safekeeping. For food, keep things simple with a hot dog or burger bar with all the fixings.
Send your party guests home with fun party favors that will keep the magic of summer alive all year long. From homemade coconut lip scrub to mason jars filled with tea bags and a recipe for southern sweet tea, these simple party favors are easy to make and will help put the perfect finishing touch on a most memorable summer.