Follow These 6 Steps for the Best-Ever Outdoor Bash
Go next-level with your party...here's how.
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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
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
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
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.
Make This: Strawberry-Beet Bruschetta
Serve a Signature Cocktail
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
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!
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.
Make This: DIY Copper Drawing Board
Adorable decor, food, drink, friends and games? You can't lose.
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