Summers in Maple Valley are always memorable and fun times for families and friends. With the many beautiful lakes, parks and events, like the fireworks show on the 4th of July, this close-knit community comes together for fun in the sun, along with some rainy days too.

Whether your entertaining friends and family at your home or one of the many community parks this summer, here are some great ideas to brighten up your party, BBQ or dinner.

Dinner Parties

Nothing like candles to light up your backyard during evening parties! Here’s a cute idea by Good Housekeeping … fill up your bird baths or bring out empty containers and fill them with water and floating candles. It will create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere.

If you’re inviting guests to a dinner that is a bit more formal, consider dressing up your name tags with beautiful flowers. This idea by Country Living is beautiful!

Entertaining the Kids (and adults too)

A great way to keep the kids entertained is by adding games into the mix. Here are a few fun games both kids and adults might enjoy!

Ring Toss. This could be fun for both kids and adults. For the kids, try throwing the rinks onto their favorite sodas or juice. For the adults, use bottles of your favorite beer or wine! Winners get to drink the prize!

Do-It-Yourself Dunk Bucket. If your gathering ends up on one of the hotter Pacific Northwest Day, then add the Do-It-Yourself Dunk Bucket to keep cool. Learn how to construct this at The Happy Housewife Blog.

Scavenger Hunt. Whether you’re at home or at Lake Wilderness, a great way to keep the kids entertained is by creating a scavenger hunt. The great thing about scavenger hunts is that they are good for all ages. There are some great ideas from The Resourceful Mama.

Photo Source: Country LivingBackyard Camping. If the kids are having a sleepover and the nights are warm, consider making it a backyard camping party! You can even make it a family adventure. Here are some ideas:
by Parent Magazine.

Photo Source: Country Living


Here’s a cute way to dress up your picnic table by Country Living if you’re entertaining guests at the local parks or beaches in Maple Valley or at your home.

Appetizers and Dessert:

Serving food doesn’t have to be a chore to be delicious and memorable. Serve fun finger foods that are easy to make, grab and eat. Lots of appetizer ideas at HGTV!

And don’t forget dessert! These cupcakes by HGTV are adorable and help spruce up any table.

These colorful champagne floats by Redbook Magazine make both a great drink and dessert. For the kids, use rootbeer or juice.

Entertaining guests always makes summers fun and creates memories for families and friends. If you’re looking for a new home to entertain your guests in the Maple Valley or surrounding communities, contact our team at the Amber Bill Real Estate Group. We know every neighborhood well, the homes that are available and which styles would be best to entertain your guests.