13 summer party hacks

13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

Tis’ the season for BBQ’s and outdoor summer fun. We often have friends over last minute in the summer time and I’ve learned a few tips and tricks along the way. I am excited to share these 13 really simple party hacks that will keep your 4th of July, or any other summer party, going off without a hitch. And they all can be done in 5 minutes or less.

Ice cubes to cool drinks - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle RevelryWater balloons as drink coolers - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

1. Keep drinks cold and looking festive with water balloons frozen and ready to sub in. I love to keep a bowl full on hand for hot afternoon parties.

Use red cups to hold up sparklers - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

2. Red plastic cups make great stands for sparklers. Line multiple up to center the table for a bright ending to the BBQ.

Use your wedding ring to pop bottle tops - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

3. In a pinch to open a drink – find the closest married guy and ask him to use his wedding ring. The simple trick will save even the most impromptu summer gatherings.

Line fruit on flag skewers - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

4. Use the sticks of small flags as kabob skewers. Fill with fruit and stand at attention for easy 4th of July party decor.

Office labels as drink markers - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

5. Label drinks at the party with an office label maker. It’s an easy + clean solution for finding the right glasses no matter how long the afternoon lingers on for.

Frozen stars - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle RevelryStar ice cubes with cut out strawberries - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

6. Freeze strawberries and add to cocktails for a stunning presentation. They will chill the drinks like ice and add a nice detail to the taste along the way.

paper star table runner - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

7. Use paper stars to make a simple tablecloth shine. Accordion fold paper and cut out a star shape leaving a piece of both sides attached. The result is a fun bunting that can be used and enjoyed by all.

washi tape sparklers - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

8. Washi tape added to the bottom of sparklers will lend a great design statement before the fireworks are ever even lighted – and will help protect hands after the sparkle has begun.

Use a half of lemon and cloves to keep flies away - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

9. A great tip for keeping flies at bay, cut a lemon in half and add cloves to it. Set out in bowls about 30 min before food will be going on the table. The smell with leave your party pest free (at least the little kinds).

Use a raft as a stand in cooler - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

10. If you are running short on cooler space, simply blow up a pool raft and fill with ice. The stand in bar will keep drinks cold and guests having fun.

cupcake liners as popsicle drip catchers - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

11. To ensure popsicles don’t drip all over the deck, use cupcake liners under each one. They look pretty and catch every last drip.

Written words on buns with condiments - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

12. Using condiments is not just for kids! Mark the buns of your burgers so the griller will know exactly where to put every personal taste .

Use corn syrup to stick eatable baking stars to cups - 13 great summer party hacks | A Subtle Revelry

13. Use corn syrup to line the edge of glasses and fill with eatible baking stars for a simple way to welcome Independence Day or a night toasting to the stars.

I hope these tips will help you in putting on your own summer party. I’d love to hear if you have any amazing ideas I may have missed – share your ideas by pinning or tweeting #partyhacks #Smirnoff and follow along on our Party Hacks Pinterest board for other great party ideas.

This is a sponsored post by Smirnoff. They kindly provided product for all the photos, all party hack ideas and photos by Victoria Hudgins. Thanks for supporting our sponsors. xoxo

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21 Responses to “13 summer party hacks”

  1. Dannyelle says:

    Just wondering where you got the pretty gold dot tablecloth? I’m loving gold these tablecloth is so nice. thanks.

  2. Victoria says:

    Dannyelle, the gold polka-dotted fabric was left over from another project we recently shot. I purchased in the burlap section at Joann’s fabric. Love how pretty the glittery dots look against the burlap:)

  3. Amy Powell says:

    amazing ideas! we’re never allowed to do sparklers here because of burn bans & city limit rules…. but you’re making me want to bend the rules a bit :)

    that balloon idea is genius! love it.

  4. I love the tips for keeping the flies away. Flies are the one thing I hate about outdoor entertaining.

  5. Amélie Rose says:

    These tips are simply awesome, Victoria!
    Def gonna be freezing my water balloons later today! ;) Lovely idea.

  6. melanie says:

    i’m always looking for a reason to use my label maker! just wondering if the labels peel off easily… i’ll have to try it!

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