Light it Up!

Outdoor parties are practically essential come summertime and if these get-togethers slide into evening hours, you can easily keep the lights on with any of these lighting hacks.

Pretty as a Pineapple

Should you be looking for a little “wow” to brighten your summertime table, this pineapple vase is it! Not only is it fun and seasonal, it’s also waste-free as you’ll be using the edible fruit, too. To create this one-of-a-kind centerpiece, you need only an attractive, healthy pineapple, sharp knife and large spoon.

No-Sew American Flag Photo Backdrop

Want to send guests home with a snapshot of their time at your July 4th gathering? This lovely DIY backdrop is all you’ll need to furnish a patriotic photo booth.

"Firework" Poppers

Fireworks are fun, but you can shake things up a bit with these kid-friendly homemade poppers.

Bandana Bonanza

Bring red, white and blue outdoors with patriotic and festive centerpieces. These DIY projects are as easy as gathering a stack of inexpensive red, white and blue bandanas (dollar and discount stores are great places to look) and assembling as desired. Wrinkle-free bandanas look best on the table, so you’ll want to iron any that look less than perfect.


Back-to-School Photo Booth

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

Capturing Back-to-School photos is a tradition I look forward to every year. There's something about capturing the excitement of a new grade and all the possibilities of a new year. I also love to compare and see how much each child has grown from the year before and how their personal style changes and evolves over the years.

Simple Zippered Tablet or Laptop Cover

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

From laptops to tablets, music players to digital cameras, we love our electronics. Unfortunately, we don’t always do the best job protecting our trinkets. With a few pieces of fabric and a zipper (plus notions!), you can create a zippered cover to fit any device you need.

American Flag Mason Jars

Napping in hammocks, movie nights with the kids and patriotic celebrations all hold a special place in our summer schedules. Fill the quieter moments with creative crafts like these American flag Mason jars.

Patriotic Party Cones

Looking for a craft to keep the kids busy during the big summer barbecue? Let their creative juices flow with this patriotic (and practical) activity. After they’ve decorated their party cone with stars and stripes, the kids can fill their holders with sweet treats – a delicious reward for their efforts.

DIY Graduation Money Balloons

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

What’s more festive than balloons on graduation day? Balloons with money attached to them! Here’s a crafty and simple idea – gift your grads these Graduation Money Balloons. This is definitely a great way to congratulate them for all the hard work they’ve done!

DIY Graduation Globe Guestbook

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

Want a clever idea for a guestbook at your graduation party? Here’s a crafty and easy one – pull out all the stops at your party with this Graduation Globe Guestbook! Wish your grads success and well wishes on this globe, which will be a perfect keepsake throughout their new adventures.

Rosemary Lemon Salt Scrub

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Okay, so I have to admit I haven’t tried many salt scrubs and was excited to make one of my own after reading how easy they are. I'm one for a simple DIY project, and this couldn’t have been any easier and quicker to make.

Food-tivities For a Fun Fête!

Q. What's the difference between a dinner and a dinner party? A. A few games! Try these icebreakers at your gathering to inspire conversation and a few giggles.

5 Clever Décor Ideas for Your Foodie Fête

The theme of your gathering is food, so what better way to celebrate the joy of cuisine than with food-focused décor elements? Here are five easy and elegant décor ideas for your decadent dinner.

Pepper Salad Bowls

Even serving a salad seems more festive when it is delivered in individual cut pepper bowls that add a fun pop of color to any table.


Use red, white, and blue scrapbook paper in fun patterns for a festive and mess–free way to serve snacks to guests.


Using TWIZZLERS at to decorate your tables will give your patriotic party some firecracker flare.

TWIZZLERS Dynamite Bundles

This crafty snack does double duty as décor. Use them to decorate dinner plates or stack in a pile for a fun snack that guests can grab throughout your party.

DIY County Fair Photobooth

Create a simple photobooth area that will be a hit with kids and adults alike. For props on a budget, use old Halloween costumes or glue your own cutouts to sticks.

Dangling Jellyfish Lanterns

Lanterns are a welcome addition to any party, but these jellyfish lanterns start the summer off with a bit of wiggly fun.

Shark Bite Flip Flop Wreath

This tongue-in-cheek wreath is a fun way to welcome guests to a summer gathering – if they dare. Plus it's easy to change up the colors or add pattered flip flops to suit any style.

Paper Plate Shark Jaws

Big smiles are only a few minutes away thanks to this super-simple craft with a big impact.

Mini Aquarium Favors

These miniature aquariums made from repurposed baby food jars are simple project that will mesmerize kids of all ages and give them a fun memento of the day.

Life Savers Utensil Wrap

Having utensils and napkins ready to go makes it easy for party guests to grab everything they need in one step. Floating Life Savers on a sea of blue napkin adds a nautical touch to the table and is practical too!

Darling Doily Banner

Banners are a high-impact way to set the mood for any party. For this DIY banner, rough brown craft paper and pristine white doilies come together to create an atmosphere thats both rustic and refined.

Mason Jar Chandeliers

Add a little drama to your garden party with simply stunning mason jar chandeliers that could not be more simple to make.

Birdhouse Centerpiece

A trio of embellished birdhouses provide a sweet focal point for a garden party table.

Watercolor Butterfly Friends

Watercolor wings and a plastic spoon are all you need to create a fun garden friend for the little people at your party.

Dragonfly Garden Friends

Prepare the bodies of these plasticware critters the night before and you'll have a fun project ready for kids to decorate at party time!

Kids Gardening Station

This hands-on activity is a perfect way introduce kids to the fun of gardening – and encourage them to get their hands dirty for a change!

Faded Flag String Art

This sun-bleached string art flag is a festive backdrop for a summertime celebration, and the end result is stunning enough to display in your home all summer long.

Patio Parade Flags and Pinwheels

Keep little ones entertained by preparing a few simple crafts like flags and pinwheels ahead of time. Encourage kids decorate their bikes and wagons for festive parade around the backyard patio or along the driveway.

Rowdy Ring Toss Game

All it takes is a few soda pop bottles and a little creativity to make a quick and easy ring toss challenge the life of your vintage party.

Crazy Cans Game

Even the littlest partygoer in your group will love knocking down cans in this classic party game DIY.