By Stephanie Harth

Published on May 6, 2015

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Photography by james ransom

CRAB BOIL

Pull the gang together for the first crab boil of the season. Serve with cold beer, melted butter, and fresh lemon slices.

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Photography by Brittany Jepsen

POOL PARTY

Throw a 60’s pool party, Palm Springs style. Bust out all of the old pool toys, wear your mod sunglasses and a big hat, and lounge under the palms.

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Photography by scott clark

CAMPING OUT

Miss summer camp? Us too. Recreate the youthful feel with mini teepees, bandanas for guests, artillery games, and sloppy joes.

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S'MORE ON THE BEACH

The best dessert deserves its own party. Display the ingredients in cute buckets, set up a bonfire at the beach, and get roasting.

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Photography by Lisa Diederich

LEMONADE STAND

Lemonade for sale – only 50 cents! Set up a cute lemonade stand (perhaps with some adult mixers) with fresh juice, a mint pitcher, and some sweet garnishes.

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Photography by laura gordon

RETRO SWEETS

Set up a vintage donut cart, and taste-test all of the creative flavors. Our favorite? Salted caramel with bacon. Make sure to serve with some cold milk.

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Photography by Sarah Falugo

FLOATING PICNIC
Try the unexpected: pack a picnic, and get the crew out in canoes. Tie them together and float down the river as you eat. Remember to pack light and enjoy the views!
What says summer more than a picnic on the beach? Up the ante this year and bring pillows for comfy seats, hurricanes for your candles, and fresh flowers. Grill some hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, and dig in.

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Photography by ashley camper

FLOATING PICNIC

Try the unexpected: pack a picnic, and get the crew out in canoes. Tie them together and float down the river as you eat. Remember to pack light and enjoy the views!

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Photography by wendyslifelaundry

TEA PARTY

A garden tea party is the perfect setting for a summer brunch. Sprinkle flower petals to complete the look. Have a blueberry scone amongst the hydrangeas, and cheers your vintage tea cups.