Dreamy Themes for Your Summer Picnics & Parties

The sun is out, the temperature up and the verdict in. Summertime is here! It’s time to break out the sundresses and seersucker and do what we southerners do best: entertain. This summer, throw the best party on the block with one of these dreamy party themes for a summertime soiree.

Southern BBQ Summer Party

Now there’s a lot of wonderful things about living in Nashville, but the tastiest has got to be the  Southern barbeque. Why not celebrate what makes Southern livin’ especially great by firing up the smoker and pulling out the hot sauce. The best part about a Southern BBQ party is that it’s easy to plan a crowd-pleasing menu that will please all your guests. And whichever direction you choose with your decor, be it casual red gingham or sophisticated secret garden, commit to the details to wow your guests.


Photo by Details Nashville

Al- American Summer Picnic

Who says we should save red, white and blue for July 4th? Go for a classic American cookout for a summer fling that’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Delight your guests with the classics, or upscale versions of heartland favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and apple pie. For a color scheme, look no further than the stars and stripes. This versatile color palette allows you to completely personalize the look while staying clearly on-theme.


Photo by Jen and Chris Creed

Drive-In Movie Themed Party

One of our favorite summer party trends: a DIY drive in that’s invitation only! Your family and friends will love seeing their favorite films on the “big screen,” courtesy of a projector and canvas. This nostalgic activity is a unique way to enjoy a Nashville night. Cap off the evening with fountain sodas, buttery popcorn and movie snacks for an affordable menu that sets the perfect mood. Go the extra mile with invitations in the shape of a movie ticket, and a program of films for the evening!

Farm-to-Table Outdoor Gathering

For a sophisticated party that celebrates the natural bounty that Nashville has to offer, curate a farm to table event. At Dream Events & Catering, our chefs love working with local farmers to highlight the freshest flavors and seasonal ingredients. Pair fresh, vibrant blooms with a rustic farmhouse table for an on-trend look your guests will adore. As the stars emerge, light up the night with string lights and warm candles.

Photo by Abigail Volkmann

Need help pulling together the perfect summer event? The Dream Team is always happy to help – contact us for all your planning needs at hello@dreameventsandcatering.com.