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11 Ways to Get Your Porch Party-Ready

Add curb appeal with these fun and festive porch decor ideas. Here are 11 tips for getting your porch party-ready this summer!

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spring decorated porch with tulips and other flowers.Shutterstock / 2M media

Add a pop of color

Set a fun party tone with a brightly colored front door. Not only will your door brighten up your summer get-togethers, it will look fantastic all year long. Imagine it in the fall with pumpkins and in the winter with twinkling lights. Choose a color that pops while still complimenting your house’s style and color.

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personalized door decalAmazon

Welcome your guests

Set a fun, relaxed tone with a welcome sign. Not only will your party guests appreciate it, but you’ll smile every time you arrive home and see it. Paint your own wooden sign to personalize it or find a whimsical sign like this one (order it as a decal to adhere right to your door, too!).

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Rectangular arrangement of succulents; cactus succulents in a planterShutterstock / asharkyu

Try some window flair

An easy way to add more color to your porch is with flowers in window boxes. To make things even simpler for yourself, try succulents. These little plants raise themselves and can come in brightly colored pots and fun shapes. Start with this succulent set here, then set it and forget it.

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Light bulb decor in outdoor partyShutterstock / Ruslan_127

Light up the night

A fun summer party is all about the ambiance, so don’t skimp on the outdoor lighting. Find some bright lanterns or string white lights along your porch. These lights will make any get together feel like a celebration, and you’ll enjoy them on the quiet summer nights too. Pick up your own string lights here.

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Cozy entrance porch with white columns decorated with stones and comfortable wicker chairs. Shutterstock / Artazum

Don’t forget the comfy chairs

Be sure to provide plenty of options for comfortable seating. Your party guests will appreciate having the chance to sit and catch up or nosh on their favorite snacks. Opt for some sturdy wicker chairs with plush pillows. Grab a gorgeous outdoor set here.

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Keep the drinks flowing

No matter how gorgeous and party-ready your porch is, it’s still going to be hot out there. Offer your party guests cool options like raspberry iced tea or rhubarb mint tea. Make your own drink station with a pitcher of iced tea and fun mason jar glasses. If your party is lasting into the night, spice up your drink station with these amazing rum cocktails.

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Serve up some easy snacks

A porch party without food is just a porch. Set out some easy and colorful snacks for your guests to grab as they mingle. Use a small outdoor table or TV tray to display your appetizers. This fruit salsa with cinnamon tortilla chips always goes fast. Try these other cold appetizers, too. Set them out and let guests enjoy.

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rain boot vase or sculptureEtsy / SINDstudio

Add some vintage details

If you’re a fan of the shabby-chic look, add some fun vintage details to your porch. An old bicycle with flowers in the basket always looks whimsical and romantic. These ceramic rain boots from Etsy make a beautiful planter for your favorite colorful flowers. Pair them with a vintage watering can for an effortlessly chic look.

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lilac wreath with black and white bow on doorAmazon

Dress up your front door

Make your party one to remember with a vibrant wreath on your front door. Make your own summer-themed wreath with fresh hydrangeas or ivy. Go for bright colors and pretty details. This lavender wreath is the perfect accessory for any front porch.

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planter stand on patioAmazon

Show off your green thumb

If you’re a gardener, find a spot on your porch to display all your hard work. A standing planter is a great place to keep your herb garden or even to plant extra flowers. Whatever you choose, it will add atmosphere and a great summer aroma to your party!

Get a five-star planter here.

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Don’t forget the sweet treats

Before the party is over, set out some sweet treats for your guests to nibble as they head out for the night. No one will pass up these soft sugar cookies with adorable pool details. Whip up some blue icing and get creative with summer themes for your little Teddy Grahams.

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.