12 Outdoor Party Themes

Plan a Mad Men-inspired soiree, a faux pool party, and more with these inventive ideas for backyard bash menus.

Faux pool partyFaux pool party
Faux pool party

Pull up a chair by the pool and enjoy some refreshing, fruity sippers alongside some grilled bites and a sweet-spicy fruit platter.
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Mad Men partyMad Men party
Mad Men
party

Stock up on the martini and highball glasses and serve plenty of finger food with the booze-you don't want too much scandal! Put on your curve-hugging knits or that skinny tie and flirt like it's 1963.
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GraduationGraduation
Graduation party
Celebrate the big day with crowd-pleasers: mini steak tortas, classic guacamole, cheesy stuffed peppers and, of course, some big, bold drinks for toasting the grad.
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Downton Abbey partyDownton Abbey party
Downton Abbey
party

Borrow some tips from the gorgeous PBS series and put out your best serving pieces for this classy do. Maybe even pass around a few of the appetizers, in grand manor style.
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Izakaya partyIzakaya party
Izakaya party

Japan's answer to tapas-a spread of savory morsels you can't seem to stop eating. Hang up some paper lanterns to set the mood, and bring on the sake, the Kirin lager, and the shochu.
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Diner-style partyDiner-style party
Diner-style party

When you're thinking comfort food, but not the same-old same-old, here's how to wow your guests.
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Sopranos partySopranos party
Sopranos
party

Think big, bold flavors, rich tomato accents, dirty martinis, and lots of red wine to finish it off.
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Breakfast for dinner partyBreakfast for dinner party
Breakfast for dinner party

Get your eggs, sweets, and toast in appetizer style, and enjoy some twists on our favorite breakfast cocktails, the mimosa and the Bloody Mary.
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Bollywood partyBollywood party
Bollywood party

Queue up Bride and Prejudice and try out your dance moves for this celebration of Indian flavors.
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Vegan partyVegan party
Vegan party

Here's what to serve when your eco-conscious pals show up to party.
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Prohibition Era partyProhibition Era party
Prohibition Era party

Slip on a flighty little cocktail dress and some wine-dark lipstick, put on some jazz, and invite your friends over to your very own speakeasy.
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Chocolate lovers' mini-desserts partyChocolate lovers' mini-desserts party
Chocolate lovers' mini-desserts party

Okay, so it's a little decadent. But hey, you can always skip dinner, right?
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