How to Entertain Guests All Summer Long: Activities, Games & More for Lively Gatherings

Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

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So you've gotten people to say they'll come to your party. You've planned what you'll feed them, what they'll drink and even how your home will look. But then what will happen when they finally arrive? A host always hopes conversation will come easy and the laughs even easier, but some groups of guests might need a bit of a push. These ideas for party activities will be great for a summer gathering or a party any time of year!

If you're throwing a...

Sci-Fi movie night under the stars
Why not throw together a bingo board themed from the movie you've chosen? Make your own from a Bingo template online and print them out to hand to guests before the movie starts.

Cocktail social
Depending on the strength of the cocktails you're serving, a photo wall — where you have a Polaroid camera and guests can take shots and pin photos up all night — or a quote wall — where guests can leave notes — is either a genius idea or a terrible one (potentially both!). However the results come out, it'll be fun doing it!

Backyard barbecue
Why not make a fun lawn twister board? Or a giant backyard Scrabble board? Will kids be coming to your event? Grab a kiddie pool to get creative with or consider one of these 10 Kid-Friendly Ideas for Backyard Fun.

Brunch
I know I love contemplating life's most pressing mysteries while enjoying quiche, so consider a Before I die wall... in your home to get guests to dish up their deepest secrets before dishing up on your buffet of delicious foods.

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(Image credits: David & Deborah Hopler of D Squared Photography & Video for A Backyard S'mores Party; Janel Laban)