Follow These 6 Steps for the Best-Ever Outdoor Bash

Go next-level with your party...here's how. 

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Styling by Rebecca Ritner

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Outdoor parties can go super-casual — think paper plates by the grill — but sometimes you just want to step up your party game. Here are 6 ways to keep the chill outdoor vibe while upping the party ante. Party planner of the year = you. 

Mix Luxe With Loungy

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The best parties are the ones where your friends feel totally spoiled yet completely at home. This barn-door-turned low table is set with cloth napkins, plates and flatware, but guests can sit on the ground (shoes totally optional) for that casual feel. 

Pick a Theme

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Choose a few repeating design elements to give the party a cohesive feel. Here, super-trendy copper flatware tops shibori-dyed napkins that coordinate with the plush floor pillows. A theme doesn't have to mean a shopping spree, though: Grab your favorite pieces from inside the house and give them their day in the sun. 

Think Small Bites Versus Big Meals

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Pick food that can easily migrate from place to place as you guests do, like a buffet of snackable small bites. Bonus: It's incredibly easy to make a tray of charcuterie and cheese look beautiful. Mix up this strawberry-beet bruschetta, then rely on store-bought cheeses, cured meats, nuts, crackers and veggies to fill in the rest. 

Serve a Signature Cocktail 

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Instead of stocking a full bar, treat guests to a signature drink, instead. This bright, effervescent rosé and lime cocktail is perfect for spring. 

Make This: Berry Rosé Mojito

Heat Up the Party 

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Spring nights can cool off fast. Be prepared with this stunning tabletop fireplace that doubles as a centerpiece. You won't believe how easy it is to make!  

Make This: Tabletop Fire Pit

Don't Forget the Entertainment! 

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Keep the party going after dinner with a fun outdoor game. This copper drawing board is perfect for a few rounds of guess-what-I'm drawing-now. Plus, it's chic enough to live inside as a memo board or kids' art center after the party ends. 

Adorable decor, food, drink, friends and games? You can't lose.  

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