Make Your End-Of-Summer Summer Party Epic With These 11 Easy Entertaining Ideas

The moment we have all been dreading is finally here — it’s the end of summer. OK, so technically it's not over until September 22, but back-to-school sales have started, stores are already selling sweaters and boots, and I can almost smell the pumpkin spice wafting through that crisp early autumn air. Let's be serious. Summer may as well be over.

With the brutal threat of winter looming just a few months away, you may not exactly feel like celebrating. But before you succumb to those cold weather blues, be sure to give summer a proper farewell — with a party of course! Whether it’s finding the perfect cocktail for making that end-of-summer toast or whipping up a few scrumptious desserts you can’t get any other time of year, here are all the drinks, snacks, and decorating ideas you need to make sure your final summer bash is one for the record books.

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Ginger Beer-garitas

First, let’s start with drinks … like this ginger beer-garita from How Sweet It Is. It combines summer’s two best features: beer and margaritas.

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Mojito Jello Shots

These mojito jello shots from A Beautiful Mess may look innocent, but they pack a lot of punch. Obviously a party must.

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Iced Jasmine Mint Green Tea

For non-alcoholic drinks, I direct you to this iced jasmine mint green tea from Savory Sweet Life.

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Paper Strawberry Garlands

A summer party like this doesn’t need a lot of planning, and this adorable strawberry garland from Studio DIY is as simple as they come. Get decorating!

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String Lights

I am so obsessed with string lights, it’s almost creepy. These are from Restoration Hardware, and not only are they my favorite, they’re also on sale!

String lights, $135,

Instax Mini 8 Camera

This Instax Mini 8 Camera is fun no matter what the season, which is all the more reason to get one sooner rather than later!

Instax Mini 8 Camera and film, $99,

Bug Spray

It’s not a summer soiree without a few uninvited guests – and I don’t mean people. I’m talking about those pesky mosquitoes. For all you know, this bug spray may end up being the life of the party.

Off! Active Sweat Resistant Spray, $7,

BBQ Chicken Nachos With Onion Rings

Summer parties mean having plenty of finger foods on deck, like this amazing chicken, nacho, and buttermilk ranch onion ring concoction from How Sweet It Is.

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Torta Burgers With Beans, Cheddar, and Pickled Peppers

Burgers are a great way to make use of that grill you barely touched, so get cooking with this torta burger recipe from Big Girls Small Kitchen.

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Easy Coconut Lime Pie

For dessert, try a refreshing pie like this easy coconut lime recipe from A Beautiful Mess.

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Black And Blueberry Brown Butter Cake

I can’t promise that your version of this black and blueberry brown butter cake from Adventures In Cooking will look this pretty, but who cares so long as it tastes delicious.

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