Decor for summer parties – what’s your go-to?

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During the summer, I value my time off perhaps even more than throughout the school year.  My kids and I love to lounge in our pj’s, relax in the pool, and eat breakfast as late as we want.  Inviting family and friends over makes us happy, but only when we can relax while doing it! That means that the decor for our summer parties must be completely effortless.

I’ve always wanted to try a Cricut personal electronic cutting machine.  The customized cut-outs make even a simple table look professionally decorated!  The DIY part of me would be fulfilled, while the lazy part of me would celebrate the simplicity.  Wondering what the Cricut offers? The Cricut Explore One™  allows you to cut out shapes and words, while the Cricut Explore Air™  allows you to cut and write wirelessly.  Don’t worry about losing your work; the  Cricut Design Space™ cloud-based software works seamlessly with the Cricut Explore® family of machines to give you lots of freedom for your creativity!

In the meantime, we accomplish the simple-yet-pretty task by using food as part of the decor. The 4th of July candies make it easy to set the table with red, white and blue.

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Finally, we like to use inexpensive totes and containers for everything from holding snacks to serving appetizers.  We buy these wherever we see them (the dollar store and even grocery store have a good assortment).  They’re affordable and earth-friendly.

#SweetworksPatriotic #giveaway  What are your tried-and-true tricks for easy summer decorating?


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  1. Tamra Phelps says:

    I haven’t tried a Cricut, but I’ve seen them online. They look like a great tool for parties or scrapbookers, etc.

  2. Sherry Compton says:

    I’m with you…casual, cool, simple, and affordable. We are a family about comfort, especially in the summer. I like how your servers and table is colorful. I find those “pops” of color add to a fun atmosphere while keeping costs low and the amount of decorating you have to do to a minimum.

  3. Fizzgig says:

    What a cute table setting! My go to party decor always has to include flowers from my garden, it’s not a party without them! I’ve always wanted a Cricut, maybe one of these years.

  4. Betsy Barnes says:

    How cute! We like to wrap white Christmas lights around the deck and a few trees for entertaining from day to night. It gives it an Italian, chic style 🙂

  5. I love the dollar store for cheap decorations & serving stuff.

  6. These are some really great ideas for back to school. Thanks for getting me into swing with the onslaught of fall.

  7. The dollar store has the best bargains to make your party happen.

  8. My go-to is the Dollar store.

  9. I love using twinkle lights for summer parties!

  10. For any kind of party, the Dollar Store has it for you.

  11. I have a Silhouette and a Brother, both which can be used to make any shape you can scan a picture of. I like not having to buy anymore cartridges!

  12. You can find fun things at thrift stores.

  13. Any time of year I head to the dollar store first for party supplies.

  14. The dollar store is my year round place for party supplies.

  15. I’ll often check out the decor stuff at the thrift store.

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