Evelyn Romans | 

9 Easy Summer Party Tips That Will Impress Your Guests

The Krazy Coupon Lady is an independent service supported by advertising. Most of the offers appearing on our site are from companies from which we receive compensation. We may receive a small payment from an affiliate if you click a link to purchase a product. Sometimes a post is sponsored by the maker of the product, and we receive a fee for the post. Learn More.

Just in time for warm weather, I’ve rounded up my favorite summer party hacks perfect for families on a budget. These are easy, cheap, and are sure to wow your guests.

So, if you’re looking for outdoor party games, food, and decor ideas, I’ve got some effortless tips that can be accomplished for dirt cheap.

Check out these ways to save money on your next summer party:

For more savings hacks and smart shopping tips, text HACKS to 57299.


1. Skip the insect repellent and put a dryer sheet in your pocket instead.

Someone pulling out Bounce dryer sheets and sticking them in her pocket as insect repellent.

According to a study done at the University of Illinois and Kansas State, dryer sheets were proven to repel gnats. While the study wasn’t focused on mosquitos, many have found that dryer sheets are annoying to them as well. Most dryer sheets contain linalool, which is a natural mosquito repellent found in lavender, marjoram, coriander, and basil. (Mosquitos aren’t too fond of those plants either.)

Prefer stronger insect repellent? Use these Off! coupons to save.


2. Every summer party needs a sticky fingers station.

Person reaching for hand sanitizer next to a bucket with rolls of paper towels and Wet Ones on a table with a sign that reads, "Sticky fingers station.

Just think of your air conditioning bill after guests open and shut your door on repeat just to wash their hands. One of the best outdoor party ideas ever is to bring the cleaning station to them.

You can do this with a simple bucket, hand wipes, and sanitizer, or you can use a water jug and hand soap to make it a full hand-washing station. (Think: camping hack for cleaning hands in the great outdoors.)

And hey, don’t pay full price for any of this stuff! Here’s what you need to save money:

Paper towel coupons
Hand sanitizer coupons
Baby wipes coupons


3. Painted pineapple crowns are easy (and cheap) outdoor party decorations.

A person using acrylic paint to paint pineapple crowns next to some pineapples that have been painted pink and blue.

If your summer party theme is along the lines of tropical, or maybe an island theme, this is the perfect decor. It works as a table centerpiece, or just scattered around your backyard. Pineapples are cheap in the summer — usually under $4 each. Use a foam brush and acrylic paint to color the crowns to match your theme.

Get your hands on produce coupons to save on pineapple.



4. Use ketchup and mustard to write guests’ burger preferences.

Someone using a mustard bottle to write the letters "W" and "R" on some hamburger buns, and a plate showing the buns next to a bottle of ketchup and a bottle of mustard.

Whoever is on the grill during your summer party will appreciate the thought as they juggle different requests from people.

If you don’t want to hover around the grill, carefully use ketchup or mustard to write “W” for well done, or “R” for rare on your bun. This way, the chef knows what you’d like even if you set your plate down and walk away. If you’re worried about a mix-up between “W” and “M” for medium, go ahead and write out “Well” or “Med.”

While you’re at it, mark the bun with your name so it’s clear who it belongs to.

Get ketchup coupons so you can stock up and save money.


5. Pre-scoop your ice cream so it’s summer party-ready.

A person's hand picking up a cup of ice cream from a tray of little colorful cups with pre-scooped ice cream and strawberries.

It ain’t a summer party without ice cream to cool you down. Problem is, nobody wants to be the person scooping it — or the one with melted ice cream up to their elbows in the middle of the party.

So, deal with the mess before the party instead by prepping scoops ahead of time. Put them inside silicone baking cup liners or the like.

Psst… there are ice cream deals galore during the summer months. Don’t even think about buying full-price treats.



6. Make watermelon pops and enjoy less mess.

A person's hand taking a slice of watermelon on a popsicle stick from a plate of them.

To make watermelon pops, cut the melon into small triangles. Then use a small knife to create a slit at the base of the rind. Slide popsicle sticks into the rind!

Kids will think it’s fun, but you’ll know the real reason you did it: to keep the mess down. Muahaha.

Go ahead and use this trick on all melons. Cantaloupe and honeydew pops work, too!


7. Use a wine glass for a DIY chips-and-dip bowl.

Person setting a wine glass in a bowl and surrounding it with chips, with salsa in the glass for dipping.

A wine or margarita glass makes a great salsa holder. All you need is a big plastic bowl and some tortilla chips and you’re all set. I bet you have most of this on hand.

…Except maybe the chips and salsa. Don’t pay full price for those either. Use chips coupons to get a deal on tortilla chips and Pace coupons for cheap salsa.



8. Prevent ice cream from leaking through a cone with a marshmallow.

Person placing a marshmallow in a waffle cone to stop ice cream from leaking.

Can you tell I love ice cream but dislike the mess? Here’s another way to contain melty ice cream. Place a marshmallow inside the base of the cone before you add your scoops.

Any size works, although for a waffle cone, I’d go with a jumbo marshmallow. Tell kids there’s a prize at the bottom and see who gets to it first.


9. Instead of water balloons, throw sponge balls.

A person using scissors to cut colorful sponges into strips and stacking them with alternating colors on a table next to some completed DIY sponge balls.

This is one of my favorite summer party ideas! It’s somewhere between a game and an excuse to cool off. Kids will love it.

You’ll need two plain sponges per ball. Cut each sponge into six long strips and stack six strips on top of six like this:

A person's hands using a rubber band to tie sponge strips together to form a sponge ball, and someone putting some sponge balls into a bucket of water sitting out on the grass with other sponge balls already soaking.

Place a rubber band tightly around the center of all the pieces, then manually move the pieces to form a star shape.

Fill up a couple buckets with water, soak the sponges, and throw them around for fun on a hot summer day.

Get our best deals on the go

By entering my phone number, I want to receive promotional messages from The Krazy Coupon Lady. Message frequency varies. Text STOP to 57299 to end or text HELP for help. Msg & data rates may apply. View Terms & Privacy.