3 Summer Party Themes And How to Achieve Them at Home - Pier 1


Summer is here once again. While spending the season destination-hopping might be top of mind, nothing beats entertaining outdoors in the comfort of your own home. If there’s ever a best time to put your backyard, garden, or patio to good use, that’s definitely summer when you and your guests can bask in the sun.

Depending on the size and design of your outdoor space, there are tons of themes you can go for when you throw your ultimate summer party. Choosing a theme is important in streamlining the elements of your intimate event. Pick one and let it be your guide to achieving a cohesive look from the surrounding to your dining essentials. 

Below, we’re recommending three eye-catching Pinterest- and Instagram-worthy themes that never fail to delight the hostess with the mostest and her equally tasteful guests.  

1. Dive into the possibilities of a pool party

Lyndon Eucalyptus Wood Conversation Set

A pool party is a no-brainer for summer. But, you can turn this expected theme into something totally unexpected and awe-inspiring with your choice of outdoor furniture pieces and accents that will elevate the idea of summer entertaining at home. Get ready to make a splash and have a blast.    

  • Lounge chairs are an absolute must-have for homes with pools. Let your guests have a great time as they wind down with you poolside. Dress up your pool area with this set of two Eucalyptus Wood Outdoor Reclining Chaise Lounge Chairs. The chairs’ frame is made from durable eucalyptus wood and they have poly woven seats.
  • Kick back, relax, and bond over delicious snacks and happy conversations while you and your loved ones cozy up in this corner sectional sofa with cushions. This 5-6 seat sofa is made from all-weather resin wicker that surrounds a 100% aluminum rust-proof, powder-coated frame. It comes complete with weather-resistant polyester cushions.
  • What’s a party without food? That’s certainly no fun! Make sure you’re ready to dine in style with your family or friends with a dining set that exudes resort elegance. Made from durable acacia wood, this 7-Piece Outdoor Dining Set一a table and six chairs一is matched with ivory chair cushions.    
  • Prepare a grazing table or a snack spread, beautifully laid out on a timelessly stylish outdoor cocktail table. Whether you do away with a table runner or decide to put on one, this piecewhich is made of all-weather wicker and glass topis meant to stand out.  
  • Extra seats always come in handy whenever there’s a party. Make sure there are ample seating options for your guests with our Newport Wood Bar Stool with Rush Seat. This sleek, rustic industrial furniture masterpiece is made from pine wood.

2. Celebrate with a picnic-perfect patriotic theme

Patriotic Handcrafted Beaded Table Runner

With summer coinciding with the 4th of July celebration, the patriotic theme proves to be a perfect fit for the season. With its distinctive design elements of stars, stripes, and colors red, blue, and white, its aesthetic is aligned with the picnic vibe, too. 

3. Fire up the grill and throw a camping/BBQ party

Wood Burning with Charcoal Grill and Screen Fire Pit

Gather your loved ones, and feast on grilled goods together. Combine camping and outdoor BBQ party essentials, for a cool twist to these favorite summer themes. The beauty of this party idea lies in its overall laid-back vibe that easily puts one in the mood for rest, relaxation, and relishing great food. 

  • Set the party’s casual look and ambiance with a key statement piece like our Midland 4 Piece Patio Dining Set. Made of solid acacia wood, the set includes a table and mismatched seating options of two armchairs with cushions and a bench. 
  • Balance your grilled dishes with the perfect summer drinks. Serve those refreshments in a stylish wooden and metal bar cart. It has a spacious slatted top, three shelves, three bottle holders, one towel rack, and one removable tray drawer. You may also serve your drink through this glass dispenser with ice insert and fruit infuser.
  • Get ready for one amazing time grilling dishes outdoors. Our Foster and Rye™ Grilling Tool Set will make you look like a pro. It comes with a spatula, tongs, and fork made of stainless steel and wood; these tools are stored in a canvas roll-up. 
  • Serve grilled meat with some vegetables in our ​​Pier 1 Bradford Plaid Set of 4 Salad Plates in black and beige. It’s a classic pattern that matches the mood of summer.
  • Enjoy your meals or snacks in a more casual manner. Simply spread out a rug on the grass. Our Black and White Buffalo Check Floor Outdoor Runner is made of virgin 100-percent polypropylene which is very lightweight. A versatile piece, this could be used indoor or outdoor, and it can easily be rolled or folded for storage.

Don’t miss out on the chance to entertain at home this summer. With the sheer number of stylish and functional outdoor essentials you can find from our catalog, you’ll want to host a party as soon as possible. Here comes the sun, and so does the fun! 

Shop for summer entertaining essentials at Pier 1 today! 

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