Summer is all about spending time with friends and family while soaking up the warm California sunshine. For many it is the season for playing hostess. From backyard bashes to sophisticated soirées, entertain your guests in style with one of these chic outdoor summer party ideas.

Father’s Day

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Celebrate the King of the Castle with a party of epic proportions. You can’t go wrong with a traditional BBQ setting complete with man-sized menus and outdoor games. Incorporate your dad’s favorite sport, hobby, beer, etc. to make it extra special like this Beer Tasting Party from our friends at HGTV.

Americana

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For any patriotic themed gathering, red, white and blue is a must! Throw in some gingham, bold stripes, or chevron patterns to create a chic and authentic Americana ambiance like Hostess with the Mostess.

Summer Soirée

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Gather the girls for a fine affair. Add touches of mercury glass and bright pops of kelly green and bold pinks to create a glamorous yet iconic summer feel courtesy of Waiting on Martha. Let the rosé and bubbly flow all day and enjoy an afternoon in with your favorite ladies.

Anchors Away

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This tablescape from Tom Kat Studio inspires you to spend a day at sea…or poolside. We adore how these perfectly preppy details and navy/yellow color combo impeccably tie together this nautical spread.

Lobster Bake

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Break out the crackers, steamed butter, and bibs to bring this iconic New England summer tradition to your alfresco setting like Style Me Pretty. The great thing about this meal is that it takes minimal prep so you can be a partygoer instead of just the thrower. For a California spin, sub out the lobster for some local Dungeness crab, clams or oysters.

Find more summer entertaining inspiration over on our Pinterest Board, Summer Love. Which chic outdoor summer party will you host?