High Five: 5 Colorful (and Easy) Outdoor Entertaining Ideas for Summer

By Brittni • posted on 02/15/2024

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer

Summer is in full swing and I’m all about that outdoor life at the moment – even with the insanely hot temperatures in Atlanta this week.

And to kickstart outdoor summer entertaining, I put together 5 easy DIY entertaining ideas in partnership with Duraflame. There’s flower power s’mores, my trick for turning literally anything into an ice chest, a colorful cocktail recipe, and more. Click through for all 5 summer entertaining ideas.

Use a basket as an ice chest with this simple outdoor entertaining hack.

How to Turn Anything into a DIY Ice Chest

I turned my favorite woven basket into an ice chest and you can literally do this with ANYTHING. All you need is a waterproof liner of some kind that will fit inside the container. Fill it with ice, add anything you want to keep cold – bottles, cans, etc – and you’re good to go. When the party is over, remove the liner, pour out the ice, and your basket (or whatever else you might have used) can go back to where it came from. So easy!

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer with Duraflame.

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer.

A Quick and Easy Fire

No summer party is complete without a fire pit. I used Duraflame Roasting Logs to start a fire super quick and easy. Love these!

The logs are individually wrapped, to make it easy to build a fire any size you’d like. And they’re safe for roasting marshmallows, hotdogs, and other campfire foods. Considering there are a whole lot of s’mores on my summer agenda, these guys are going to be getting a lot of use. 

DIY fabric-wrapped s'more sticks. Click through for more colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer.

Fabric Covered DIY Skewers

Add some color to plain wood handle skewers with a few fabric scraps and a little bit of Mod Podge. Just cut a piece of scrap fabric the same length as your handle and slightly wider than what you would need to go all the way around. Cover the handle in Mod Podge, using a paint brush and roll the handle over the fabric, using your fingers to secure than fabric to the handle as you go. Add a little more Mod Podge to the end of the fabric that will overlap, tap it down, and let it dry.

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer (including this cocktail recipe).

Easy Summer Cocktail Recipe

This spiked pink lemonade cocktail is super simple to whip up and can be made in batches too. To make your own, combine 4-5 oz of pink lemonade (store bought or homemade) with 2 oz of vodka or rum. Shake or stir. Pour over ice and add a splash of grenadine for an ombre look. Finish with fresh squeezed lime juice and a lime slice for garnish.

Flower power s'mores!

Flower Power S’mores

I made some flower power s’mores with flower shaped sugar cookies, (toasted) pink marshmallows, and white chocolate. They’re just as easy to make as regular s’mores, but the flower shape makes them feel a little more special.

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer.

Those are my DIY summer entertaining ideas for now. Have your own tips and tricks to share?! Let me know in the comments below.

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer.

Colorful outdoor entertaining ideas for summer.

Modeling // Kathyrn Kelly and Michael Milligan
Photography + Styling // Brittni Mehlhoff

What are your summer plans? Any backyard BBQs or outdoor parties you’re planning?

This post is in partnership with Duraflame. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

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Great projects! Can’t wait to try them out my self. Looking forward for more.

Inah Solomon

These sound like really fun activities to do! I love having campfires with my friends, it’s so fun.

Courtney Hardy

Love this! must squeeze in another grill out this summer!!


I love your post, the pictures are so cool
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SUCH a big fan of colorful food year round but especially in summer
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I’ve never heard of those Duraflame Roasting logs… good to know they are safe to roast over – great tip! My best tip for summer entertaining is to make throwing things away easy… put clearly labeled “trash” and “recycle” bins out. As with the ice, any container can work.

Seana Turner

That’s so creative, I love the flower power smores idea!

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