Lowe's Creative Ideas for Home and Garden (Summer 2013 issue) has some colorful (red, white, and blue) and block party ideas, including banners, a pet parade, and games. These ideas would be perfect for a reunion too. Want to avoid a watery ice bucket? Put a colander in the bottom. And I love the basketweave weave pattern for a deck. Hey, those decks are often pretty boring. And check out Doors 101.