Summer. Is. Coming. Thank the Lord. And with it comes the promise of sunny darties (rosé all day!), bbq’s, long days, warm nights and, of course, the summer soirée. But getting it together to make sure your party is flawless can be a real PIA, so to ease the stress of your planning, we’ve tapped Linden Ellis and Sara Raffa, the Co-Founders of Coterie Party, a one-stop shop for chic party supplies, for their seven tips to make your summer bash unforgettable. 

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1. Add some major color to your tableware
Ditch that boring white plate and go for something bright and bold. Our Matisse plates are not only bright and beautiful, but they’re large enough to handle plentiful portions. 

2. Embrace flower power
Flowers are a great way to add color to any summer party. We really love this acrylic flower box because there’s no bouquet arranging needed and it’s totally stunning. 

3. Make cocktails for a crowd
Everyone wants to serve unique drinks, but no one wants (or has the time) to play bartender. Spend more time with your guests by creating big batch signature cocktails in advance. Our favorites: Pear Ginger White Sangria and Watermelon & Cucumber Mojitos — yum! Serve in these super fun iridescent glasses for some added sparkle.

4. Serve prettier ice cubes 
We’re obsessed with this super simple party prep idea because it adds such a cute detail to any event. Add fresh, edible marigolds into your ice cubes the night before your party and watch your guests marvel over the prettiest ice cubes they’ve ever seen! Another idea is to go the extra mile and create uniquely shaped ice cubes. For an elevated look, try a sleek sphere or get a little crazy with diamonds or even shark fins.

5. Get a Rosé keg. Yes, that’s a thing.
Beer kegs are for college, we’re classy now: We do Rosé kegs. Rosé , also known as summer water, is a party staple when the weather warms up. It’s a nice feminine touch that will impress everyone at your party, even those who prefer beer. Good luck with that keg stand though!

6. Blow up a GIANT white balloon
You heard it here first: Balloons aren’t just for kids parties anymore! Go beyond just a bunch of balloons tied to a chair and get creative with balloon decorations. For example, our Big, Bold and Brilliant balloon features fairy lights as the string. It’s pretty magical.

7. Go old-school with your photos
Capture all of your memories the old-fashioned (or 90s) way with a Polaroid camera. The novelty of it is so much fun! 

about linden + sara

Linden Ellis has over six years of experience working in e-commerce startups. She began her career in Investment Banking at Lazard Frères before transitioning to Birchbox where she ran Demand Planning and Marketing Analytics. After 3.5 years at Birchbox, Linden joined Daily Harvest as the second employee. At Daily Harvest she ran Customer Acquisition, Analytics and Finance.

Sara Raffa joined Daily Harvest as the fifth employee, where she managed all operations, including production, logistics and fulfillment. Prior to Daily Harvest, Sara attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received her MBA and launched a sustainable fashion brand. She also spent four years in accounting and consulting at PwC.