By Kaitlynn Miller

Published on May 1, 2015

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We've rounded up a list of everything you need to beat the heat and throw the perfect summer bash.

Take a look!

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take a stand

Designate a spot for poolside refreshments and tasty treats. Incorporating a fun color scheme or theme is always a plus!

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put a ring on it

When it comes to the decor, it's all about the details. We can't get enough of these adorable nautical lifesaver napkin rings!

Get the how-tos here.

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keep spirits high

Is there anything quite like a chilled glass of white summer fruit sangria, on a day in the sun? We didn't think so.

Get the recipe. 

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deck the walls

A beachball garland lends a colorfully playful touch to the decor.

Get Studio DIY's how-tos here!

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make a splash

Sure, there's laying out by the pool (or the occassional chicken fight), but the perfect summer activity? A water balloon fight! Fill them out beforehand, and be sure to store them away from the heat. 

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sprinkle on

Funfetti creamsicles are what summer dreams are made of. These colorful treats are sure to please!

Get the recipe. 

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bites on the go

When it comes to snacks, think light and refreshing. Watermelon poppers will certainly do the trick!

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