My Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide makes throwing that backyard soiree easy, breezy, and oh-so yummy. I’ve got the food, fun, and decor handled so you can kick back and enjoy!  

Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide

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Summer Kick-Off

It’s here! It’s finally here! Time for backyard barbecues, lawn games, and sure, maybe a mosquito or two. But y’all, I love summer so much! I have so many fond memories of summer when I was a kid, and I want my own children to feel the same.

We live for summer parties in the backyard. But just because we’re having company, doesn’t mean it should be a ton of work. My Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide makes quick work of putting together a fun, safe, and yummy summer party.

Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide

Set the Scene

Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide

In the summer, I like to keep the decor simple and sturdy. This tablecloth roll has got to be one of the most practical things in my summer arsenal. It’s heavy-duty AND cute! Coordinating Chalkboard Tent Cards are perfect for labeling potluck dishes or place settings. And speaking of cute, of course I’m obsessed with these Hanging Paper Fans. Adorable!

Fun and Games

Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide

We spend a ton of time in the pool and these Kids Kickboards bring hours of fun for the kids. Clearly, we are fans of the Unicorn Inflatable Tube. I think Brookie would make hers a permanent accessory if she could. No pool? No problem. I’ve got two words for you: Backyard Blast. Reminds me of the Slip n’ Slide we had as kids, only a little…safer 😂.

The competition may get fierce with these water balloons, but it’s good, clean, cool fun! When the sun starts to dip, this Rechargeable Laser Tag Set really lights things up! Keeps the kids (and kids at heart) running around for hours! My dad has recently gotten us into playing pickleball, and y’all, it’s SO much fun! Grab a net and some paddles and you’ll see just how addicting it can be!

Keep the party tunes cranking with this Portable Bluetooth Speaker. It comes with a microphone, if the karaoke mood strikes you! Cool it down with this Little Snowie Max Snow Cone Machine. The kids will love creating their own flavors and you’ll love making yours a little more… exotic. And don’t forget the Floating Wine Glasses for pool time libations. They’re shatterproof and tip-proof!

All the Right Tools

Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide

Hankering for some s’mores? These Rotating Marshmallow Roasting Sticks are just what you need! Don’t have a fire pit? The Solo Stove is supposedly smokeless! And of course those summer nights bring out those summer bugs. Try this Bug Repellant Fan to keep the beasties at bay.

Festive Summer Foods

Whether I’m feeding a mob of summer swimmers or grilling steaks with my family, I love making fond memories around food. Here are some of my favorites, starting, of course, with the sweets. Nothing is more refreshing than a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. And these Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes are pure summer enjoyment. Of course, few things scream SUMMER! quite like s’mores. So gather up your kiddos and get ready to toast some marshmallows with my S’mores Board Inspiration. Finally, Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are an easy crowd pleaser that sweeten your summer with every bite!

Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide

For afternoon get-togethers, these lunch and snack boards keep everyone fed and happy. Best of all, they keep it simple so you can spend more time out of the kitchen enjoying your company.

Lunch and Snack Boards by The BakerMama

Make entertaining outdoors a breeze with The Ultimate Summer Cookout Spread. With build-your-own hot dogs and burgers, as well as satisfying sides and a sweet treat, it’s an easy and delicious menu that’s sure to please everyone!

The Ultimate Summer Cookout Spread by The BakerMama

Find more inspiration for summer grilling with my Grilled Hamburger and Hot Dog Spread found on pages 58-59 in my Spectacular Spreads Cookbook.

Grilled Burgers and Hot Dogs Spread by The BakerMama

Hosting a Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day get-together? My favorite Patriotic Potluck Recipes are a great place to start!

Patriotic Potluck Recipes by The BakerMama

The backyard barbecue is guaranteed to leave your guests in awe with this Patriotic Picnic Spread, which can be found on pages 192-201 of my Spectacular Spreads Cookbook.

Patriotic Picnic Spread by The BakerMama

I hope my Summer Kick-Off Gathering Guide makes your summer gatherings fun and carefree! If you use this guide, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. ???? I just love seeing you enjoy the inspiration I share.


About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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