Summer is finally here with its barbecues and backyard parties. Nothing is more enjoyable than inviting all of your favorite people over to celebrate the warm days of summer. What better way to spice up your shindig than adding your own personal touches? This year, make your party one to remember with the following four inspiring DIY projects.
Develop Your Own DIY Decor
Nothing says welcome to the party like homemade party decorations. Make a few snazzy banner flags out of old party napkins. Simply cut some fringe on one half of a napkin and fold it over a string for easy hanging. If your event is outdoors on a windy day, staple the napkins to the string to prevent them from blowing away.
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Alternatively, string up some lights around your fence or a tree to set the mood when the sun goes down. Combine the lights with a pop of color on the table with a simple DIY votive project. Your own DIY decor adds a personal touch to the affair. As an added bonus, offer up some of your crafty creations as party favors to guests.
Create Your Own Custom Cooler
Ditch the boring ice cooler this year. Instead of using your average beverage cooler, build your own. You can simply repurpose an old wheelbarrow: Just add ice and your favorite cold beverages. No wheelbarrow? No problem. You can use a child’s pool, clawfoot tub, or a red wagon to house those icy cool beverages.
Perhaps you have an old gardening bench that needs a little sprucing up. Instead of trashing it, turn the bench into an all-in-one adult beverage drink station. The possibilities are endless, so get those creative wheels turning.
Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Home
With people going in and out of the house, you may find maintaining a cool environment indoors difficult. However, many people overlook several simple steps you can take to mitigate that energy loss.
Improving your home’s energy efficiency before the big day will ensure that your energy bill doesn’t suffer simply because you are having a summer bash. Did you know that caulking the gaps between your door and window frames can help keep conditioned air indoors?
Make Your Own Yard Games
What is a summer party without some friendly competition? Yard games offer endless fun and entertainment for everyone. One popular game this summer is bag toss. This game is sure to be a hit for partygoers of all ages.
All you need is a little woodworking know-how to make your own bag toss boards. You can decorate them any way that you like. Perhaps it’s your favorite sports team or your alma mater’s logo. You can also paint the boards the colors of the rainbow: The possibilities are endless.
The above inspiring DIY party pleasers can give your party extra flair. Make this summer memorable by hosting your own DIY summer jam. The personal touches will make your party the party of the year.