Summer backyard parties are a great reason to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with family and friends. So why not get creative with your entertaining and spice it up with a great theme for your party! From a fish fry to a fiesta, have fun with your theme, the options are endless!

The first step is to think about which theme you’d like your party to have. Then you can brainstorm all of the details that will go along with it including finding a menu, decorations and even games to match the theme.

Here are just a few of the great theme ideas you could have for your outdoor bash.

Tropical/Hawaiian Luau – Bring the tropics to your backyard! Who doesn’t love all things tropical! Fancy frozen drinks, exotic fruits, coconut desserts, and bright and bold colours like blues, greens and corals as your colour scheme. And add the Hawaiian touch with grass skirts around the food tables and leis for the guests. Decorate with tropical flowers such as Bird of Paradise, Hybiscus, Red Anthurium, or Red Ginger flowers. And have plenty of pineapples and coconuts, for eating, drinking out of and decorating with. Bring out the limbo later when the party really gets started!

Fiesta – An outdoor fiesta just screams summertime fun! Use bold and colourful decorations, especially in hot pink, aqua, and lime colours, and include a sombrero, if you have one. Margaritas, margaritas, and more margaritas! Along with amazing Mexican cuisine including chips and guacamole, fresh salsa, and a burrito bar is a great idea with all of the best toppings! And don’t forget the pinata!

Lobster/Clambake – Bring the beach to your backyard with a traditional New England-style clambake. Your guests will love the lobster, crab, clams or whatever seafood you choose and don’t forget the butter for dipping! Provide crackers and bibs for the guests, and buckets on the tables for the shells. Set the tables with red and white checkered tablecloths and decorate with starfish and shells. You can even serve snack foods out of beach buckets. Lemonade and beer are great beverages to serve at this party!

Fish Fry – Another seafood themed party that’s a hit is a fish fry! This casual and fun theme will have your guests feeling like they are away on a great fishing or camping trip without having to leave the backyard. Decorate with fishing rods, tackle boxes and lanterns. Serve the meal on metal camping plates and drinks in Mason jars. Of course serve fried fish and other comfort foods like mac and cheese, hush puppies, coleslaw and other salads, and don’t forget lots of lemon wedges! Also put out bowls of gummy worms and goldfish crackers.

Have fun this summer and make your backyard parties the place to be!