5 Tips for the Perfect Summer Party

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Summertime is here, and with it comes warm weather and warm weather entertainments. No matter what sort of party you're planning, you'll find some helpful tips here to make it your best yet.

1. Pour a beer just the right way.
One of the most important elements of a good party is good drinks. If you're a beer fan, check out this video about the best way to pour a beer to get a nice, thick, aromatic layer of foam. Also take a look at the Kitchn's tips for choosing the best beers for a party, and don't forget to browse their other videos for all sorts of fun cooking tips.

2. Decorate with wild flowers.
I love this old-school Cure video, where Maxwell shows us just how easy it is to make lovely decorations from flowers you find on the side of the road. You'll save money and get a chance to connect with nature too — it's a win-win.

3. Light a fire the simple way.
Nothing livens up a summer party like a summer bonfire (or a fire in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit if the scale of your space is a little more modest). Getting the fire started, though, can sometimes be a little harder than you'd like. Here's a quick tip for creating a roaring blaze with just a match and some newspaper.

4. Make an easy signature cocktail.
For your friends who aren't beer drinkers, this sparkling jam cocktail should hit the spot — and it's super easy to make, so you can enjoy your party instead of slaving away making drinks.

5. Use kraft paper for menus and tablecloths.
From Maggie Battista, the founder of Eat Boutique, come these fun and easy suggestions for using kraft paper to decorate for a party. The video is created with a holiday party in mind, but kraft paper has a nice, laid-back feel that's perfect for summer entertaining, too.

Thanks for watching, and happy entertaining!

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