Tuesday, July 15, 2014

16 Party Ideas for the Hot Season

As high temperatures kick into high gear, here are 16 warm-weather ideas for catering, decor, entertainment and more.

At Barbra Streisand's recent fund-raiser for the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center in Malibu, guests helped themselves to a raw fruit...

At Barbra Streisand's recent fund-raiser for the Cedars-Sinai Women's Heart Center in Malibu, guests helped themselves to a raw fruit and veggie bar. In place of a tablecloth, organizers used a quilt to match the vintage-inspired aesthetic of the event.
Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Nothing says summer like fresh seafood. At the Power Ball in Toronto, V.I.P. guests helped themselves to shrimp and freshly...

Nothing says summer like fresh seafood. At the Power Ball in Toronto, V.I.P. guests helped themselves to shrimp and freshly shucked oysters at a chilled seafood bar provided by Petite Thuet.
Photo: Josh Fee for BizBash

At Stella McCartney's Resort 2013 <a target="_self" href="http://www.bizbash.com/stella_mccartney_presentation_entertains_with_electricity-free_carnival/new-york/story/23566">collection preview</a>, waitstaff passed citrus-infused cocktails in Mason jars.

At Stella McCartney's Resort 2013 collection preview, waitstaff passed citrus-infused cocktails in Mason jars.
Photo: Jim Shi

At this year's Luminescence gala in Chicago, passed canapes included cured salmon lollipops, displayed on beds of wheatgrass.

At this year's Luminescence gala in Chicago, passed canapes included cured salmon lollipops, displayed on beds of wheatgrass.
Photo: Courtesy of John G. Shedd Aquarium

For a fun spin on a summer favorite, LoLo Event Design has caterers serve passed bite-size ice cream cones and...

For a fun spin on a summer favorite, LoLo Event Design has caterers serve passed bite-size ice cream cones and ice cream sandwiches.
Photo: Bliss Celebration for the Charles Hotel

At this year's <a href="http://www.bizbash.com/tony_awards_gala_packs_plaza_and_guests_with_eye-popping_array_of_food/new-york/story/23560" target="_self">Tony Awards gala</a> in New York, guests could serve themselves cups of YoArt's frozen yogurt....

At this year's Tony Awards gala in New York, guests could serve themselves cups of YoArt's frozen yogurt. There were 80 different toppings, including fresh fruit and gummi candies.
Photo: Anna Sekula/BizBash

For the dinner, held inside Streisand's home, the summery atmosphere featured neutral tones and fresh-picked centerpieces.

For the dinner, held inside Streisand's home, the summery atmosphere featured neutral tones and fresh-picked centerpieces.
Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages

Markus Daly Ryan produced Univision's <a target="_self" href="http://www.bizbash.com/univision_launches_deportes_network_with_festive_tailgate-style_party/new-york/story/23136/">Deportes launch</a> in New York, where picnic tables formed the bulk of the...

Markus Daly Ryan produced Univision's Deportes launch in New York, where picnic tables formed the bulk of the seating and found lumber was turned into cocktail tables for a neighborhood-block-party feel.
Photo: Brian Ach/AP Images for Univision

At Glossed & Found's Meredith Wendell luncheon in Chicago, <a target="_self" href="/a-perfect-event/chicago/listing/824889">A Perfect Event</a> placed giant, colorful pool inflatables throughout...

At Glossed & Found's Meredith Wendell luncheon in Chicago, A Perfect Event placed giant, colorful pool inflatables throughout the venue to set the tone for the pool party theme.
Photo: Trevar Evett/Fig Media

For the picnic-inspired Absolut Orient Apple <a href="http://www.bizbash.com/absolut_launches_orient_apple_flavor_with_thousands_of_apples_7_000_square_feet_of_sod/new-york/story/20934" target="_self">launch party</a> in New York last summer, organizers covered the floor of...

For the picnic-inspired Absolut Orient Apple launch party in New York last summer, organizers covered the floor of the indoor venue with sod, and brought in live trees and wooden barrels filled with thousands of apples.
Photo: Gustavo Campos

LoLo Event Design offers hand-painted handkerchiefs that can serve as table numbers at a garden event. Geraniums in a terra...

LoLo Event Design offers hand-painted handkerchiefs that can serve as table numbers at a garden event. Geraniums in a terra cotta pot have a more casual feel than an elaborate formal centerpiece.
Photo: Studio Vitri

LoLo Event Design also creates message-in-a-bottle place cards for beach-inspired events.

LoLo Event Design also creates message-in-a-bottle place cards for beach-inspired events.
Photo: Kjeld Mahoney Photography

For a recent pool party, the team at <a target="_self" href="/swank-productions/new-york/listing/802269">Swank Productions</a> kept the decor streamlined, with a mostly white...

For a recent pool party, the team at Swank Productions kept the decor streamlined, with a mostly white color palette, mirrored furnishings, and plenty of sheer draping.
Photo: Courtesy of Swank Productions

For an indoor summer-themed gathering, <a target="_self" href="/swank-productions/new-york/listing/802269">Swank</a> producers used beach balls to create playful "chandeliers." Tables were covered in...

For an indoor summer-themed gathering, Swank producers used beach balls to create playful "chandeliers." Tables were covered in summery yellow and orange linens.
Photo: Courtesy of Swank Productions

At last year's Stella McCartney spring preview, guests played ping-pong at a table set up outside.

At last year's Stella McCartney spring preview, guests played ping-pong at a table set up outside.
Photo: Andrew H. Walker/WireImage for Stella McCartney

<a target="_self" href="/zen-arts-event-entertainment/los-angeles/listing/849160">Zen Arts</a> in Southern California offers an array of entertainment that can take place in or around a...

Zen Arts in Southern California offers an array of entertainment that can take place in or around a pool, including their transparent spheres that hold performers and float on water.
Photo: Josh Reiss









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