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!

Katie J

But wait, you don’t actually win anything for all our free PR. Odd.

Debra Matlock

I’m planning my son’s 9th birthday and he wants an urban photo scavenger hunt. We’ll collect at home (“base camp”) and get the kids kitted out with cameras, bandanas & tees (i’m a graphic designer so I’ll silkscreen them with a logo for the party,) and a metro pass. Then we’ll wander around Downtown LA have some adventures and then head back to “camp” for s’mores, sparklers and campfire stories.


I’m a design student and don’t have time for party planning during the school year. Summer is the perfect time! My party is to celebrate summer (and a break from crazy deadlines) complete with colorful fresh food, lights, island tunes, bohemian styling, and awesome invites to gather everyone together


I truly love your blog.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you make this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own site and want to find out where you got this from or what the theme is called. Thank you!


this was really fun! my summer party is a little bit of everything that i love to enjoy during the summer- hope you enjoy!


I love summer for all it brings to my life, maybe even a great party like this.
Thank you Design* Sponge for the invitation.


southern style backyard party with live bluegrass music (Avett brothers and sweet tea? yes please!)

Rebecca Lopez

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

Lilia Peraza

Here is the link to my Design*Sponge Summer Party Pinterest Board. It is an all red party which will have plenty of food, fun and entertainment for everyone!

Natalia Osiatynska

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:


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!


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!


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!


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


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