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Throw a Chic Backyard Bash: Summer Party Decoration Inspirations

There's nothing quite like getting all of your family and friends together and enjoying the nice warm weather of summer. As hot afternoons cool to pleasantly warm evenings, throwing a summer bash in your backyard is the quintessential way to celebrate the season. 

By keeping your entertaining outdoors, there is so much you can do for decor and aesthetics that go beyond just a checkered tablecloth and wooden picnic table. Get inspired by some of these creative and gorgeous summer party decor ideas. Some you can totally DIY, some you can buy, and others you can get creative and create a mix-and-match of both. 

Take a look at some of our favorite backyard decor ideas, and get inspired to throw a chic and elegant backyard party this year.


Christmas Lights & Tissue Paper Poms

Keeping with a blue and tangerine color scheme, this backyard party over on Blissfully Ever After strung some elegant Christmas lights from a big tree, and hung some tissue poms on the strands for some elegant decor. They also kept a large painted empty frame nearby so that people could pose behind the frame for some fun pics! So cute! 


Tassel Garland

String up some gorgeous tassel garland for an extra pop of decor for your backyard bash. This adorable outdoor movie party from Blue Eyed Wonder incorporated tassel garland with some strung outdoor lights and cute movie theater themed decor. Find some gorgeous tassel garland on Etsy, or make some yourself! 


Fresh Flowers & Mason Jars

You can really dress up a plain picnic table with a white table cloth, and some flower arrangements. Keep it simple for a backyard summer, like these mason jar vases filled with fresh flowers from the grocery store. This outdoor party featured on Refinery 29 maintained the perfect level of chic sophistication without being too over-the-top.


Outdoor Tents Draped in Fabric

Add some elegant touches to an outdoor tent with some draped colorful fabric, like this photo taken by saraheeab on flickr. It makes for a great seating arrangement, or place to serve snacks and drinks.  


Patterned Statement Pillows

To create a cozy seating arrangement, or just liven up a dinner table, use some outdoor statement pillows for people to sit on. I love this collection of pillows, featured on Nylon Pinksy


Colorful Paper Bag Lights

Create a lovely lit path back to your backyard with some colorful luminary bags and tealights, like this colorful display featured on Hostess with the Mostess (the hanging lanterns are a nice touch, too!).


Globe Lights & Tulle 

Draping some light and lovely tulle over a string of globe lights creates a pretty canopy for an outdoor party. I love this idea from A Bit of Bees Knees for an intimate dinner party, or even a cozy cocktail event.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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