Posted Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by & filed under #fabulouslysocial.

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The end of summer is bittersweet. You’re saying goodbye to spontaneous afternoons at the beach, but saying hello to new beginnings; school, structured schedules + {hopefully} sanity. For these last few moments of summer, let us relish in its warm nights & good vibes. Gather the gang for food, drinks, yard games & stories.

5 simple steps to make your end of summer bash a smash ::

Make Your End Of Summer Bash A Smash! | Red Stamp

Drink up :: 
Let your guests get creative at a sangria bar. Place extra fruits {or veggies} into serving dishes to let them add just the right flair to their bevy. And for the kiddos? Grab ‘em Izzes sparkling juice at the grocery store. The glass bottles will make them feel oh-so-fancy! Top off with a mini flag on a striped paper straw.

Make Your End Of Summer Bash A Smash! | Red Stamp

Make sweets summer fresh :: Use fresh fruits as much as possible in your dessert. Think of the produce bounty that’s available either in your garden or at the local farmers market. Let that dictate your creation! Love pie? Who doesn’t?! Consider these cuties. Scrumptious for kids & adults alike!

Make Your End Of Summer Bash A Smash! | Red Stamp

Customize everything but the cutlery :: Personalize napkins, coasters or placemats with a saying like “So long sweet summer!” to help set the tone for the night. Even more fun? Get personal with an inside joke or reference to a fond memory.

Make Your End Of Summer Bash A Smash! | Red Stamp

Soak up the sun :: Since you’re celebrating those last sweet moments of summer – get outside! Put out backyard game favorites like horseshoes or bocce ball & get your guests involved. Our new fave is Kubb! Make sure there is comfy seating for people to sit & sip …if they so wish.

Make Your End Of Summer Bash A Smash! | Red Stamp

Follow-up with a photo card ::
 Snap a group photo to commemorate the bash! After your guests have bid their adieus, kick up on the sofa and send them a photo card with a sweet sentiment. Trust us, it’ll be fridge worthy!

Do you throw an annual end of summer party? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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