Pinterest Contest: Design Your Ideal Summer Party

Each year, when warm weather rolls in, I find myself dreaming about the summer of 2006 – one of my all time favorite summers. I had just finished my sophomore year of college, exactly half-way between worrying about which school I’d get into and if I’d have a paying job after, leaving me – and many of my classmates – in a state of total freewheeling bliss. This album had just come out and it felt like all of Brooklyn was floating from one raucous dance party to the next. Now, a few years older and definitely more in tune with my REM cycle needs, my idea of a great summer party is more like an well-planned brunch with a perfectly toasted frittata and a light cocktail straight out of the latest Martha. It just goes to show that no matter your age or disposition, with summer comes celebration.

We’ve all been thinking back through some of our top summer memories, and so we thought we’d ask – what’s YOUR ideal summer party? Just the family or the invite the whole neighborhood? Delicate finger foods or messy pig roast? Whether it’s an intimate porch-side cocktail hour with a proper mint julep or a sweaty, over-capacity dance party with plastic cups, we want to know! And we’re hosting our first-ever Pinterest contest just to find out. Follow the rules below and enter before July 15th, when we’ll announce our favorites and feature them on the blog!

For inspiration, check out our own ideal summer party right here.

Here are the rules:

  1. To enter this contest, you must follow Design*Sponge on Pinterest.
  2. Create a board called “Design*Sponge Summer Party.”
  3. Fill that board with at least 15 pins, but feel free to add more if you’d like! Make sure that at least 3 of those pins are from (Check out our food and drink recipes, DIY’s and flower arranging posts for ideas.)
  4. Add the hashtag #designsponge and #dssummerparty to each pin – even the ones not from Design Sponge – and a description of how you’d like to use the product or inspiration in your own party.
  5. To enter, post a link to your board in the comments section of this post. We’ll post our favorites on July 15.


Party on – we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  1. Kaitlin Lord says:

    Every year I reminisce about my favorite summer I spent in Sevilla, Spain. My ideal summer party is an ode to the Spanish Feria season and the laid back culture of Southern Spain.

  2. Hilary says:

    Fun contest! I loved dreaming up this party and imagining throwing it with my close girlfriends.

  3. Jordann Tatum says:

    can’t wait until August when I can actually get around to throwing a bridal shower and a party!!!

  4. What a scintillating project this has been! My entry is a Southeast-Asian inspired bright and luscious all-day alfresco event for one to two dozen guests.

    The tropics are good match for the summer heat, but my concept is actually built around the main meal of summer rolls, which is surprisingly easy to prepare and makes for an exciting communal experience at the table.

    Here’s my link:

  5. Michele says:

    Hoping it isn’t too late to enter! I was inspired by navy blues, yellows, lemons, & blueberries – some of my favorites of the season:

  6. Tina H says:

    Our summer time, fun time chill party/bash in the backyard, complete with hula hoops for the kids and popsicle cocktails for the “older kids”! So fun, Grace and team!

  7. Tina H says:

    Our summer time fun time backyard chill party – complete with hula hoops for the kids and popsicle cocktails for the “older adults”! Such a fun idea Grace and team

  8. i began with a feeling that i wanted my guests to experience…hope it transcends through my thoughtfully curated pins…enjoy!
    oox b

  9. My choice would be a picnic party. It could be anywhere, central city park, shady forest, on a squeaky sandy beach or a mountain – stream side. With family, friends, food and loads of fun activites

  10. Judit says:

    This is such a fun contest! Here’s my board.

  11. Ines says:

    Hope it’s not too late to enter the contest! If it is, it’s been fun nonetheless, I enjoyed planning my ideal summer party, which would be a colorful-tropical-neon gathering by the pool. Summer is the time to let yourself go and be a bit silly!
    Great contest, thanks Design*Sponge!

  12. Allison says:

    Never commented before, but I immediatly knew what party I wanted to put together! My party is all about the summers of your childhood! A touch of nostalgia mixed with the simple joys of the season. Thanks for the inspiration to get me going!

  13. Chelsea Harvey says:

    What a fun contest! Here’s a link to my Summer Stargazing Party board:

  14. HOLLY WILCOX says:

    Summer time is birthday season! My ideal summer party is a birthday brunch at the community garden with all of my friends and family celebrating with delicious food, crafty cocktails, dancing and laughter!

  15. HOLLY WILCOX says:

    Summer time is birthday season! My ideal summer party is a celebratory birthday brunch with all of my friends and family at the community garden complete with delicious food, crafty cocktails, dancing and laughter! I can’t wait to actually throw this shindig!

  16. sarah says:

    My Summer perfect summer party would include all the essentials. Pool. Flowers. Friends and of course, Fun cocktails!

  17. Lana says:

    It’s probably to late to leave a comment! Here’s my board anyway, I had fun creating it :)

  18. HOLLY WILCOX says:

    Sorry if you have already received this!

    Summer time is birthday season! My ideal summer party is a birthday brunch in the community garden with all of my friends and family celebrating with delicious food, crafty cocktails, dancing and laughter! Can’t wait to throw this shindig!

  19. Leli O. says:

    so many possibilities! here’s my plan for a party i plan to throw at the end of the summer. cheers!

  20. Nina Pelaez says:

    Thought I already posted but didn’t see it come up–

    A light, airy summer evening dinner…

  21. Allison says:

    Thought I had already shared my board, so I apologize if I am submitting it twice. I chose to do a party all about the summer you remember from your childhood. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Dee says:

    My perfect setting, refreshments and afternoon fun for a quintessentially English Summer BBQ Garden Party x

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