Backyard Party: Fresh-Picked Picnic

A pretty tablescape sets the tone for this unique backyard party.


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candles with rhubarb
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Candle Collars

    Illuminate your vegetable-theme table by arranging four large leaves of Swiss chard or rhubarb around a hurricane torch pole, making sure the bouquet is well away from the glass and the flame. Secure the stems with tape and hide the tape with a ribbon bow.

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Setting the Mood

    Celebrate the bounty of the growing season by decorating an outdoor table with easy projects inspired by a variety of veggies. A stylish red-and-white color scheme with golden yellow accents sets the scene for this backyard picnic.

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Handy Holders

    Make a holder for flatware and napkins by evenly gluing seed packets around a Shaker-style container in the size and style of your choice (available in most crafts stores). Add 1/2-inch-wide ribbon around the top and bottom of each container for finished edges.

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Center Stage

    Wow your guests with a two-tier centerpiece. To make it, fill a pilsner glass with cherry tomatoes. Cover the mouth of the glass with clear tape so the fruit doesn't fall out. Flip the pilsner upside down and position it on a charger. Top with a dinner plate and secure both with clear tape. Fill a cereal bowl with veggies and place atop the dinner plate. Arrange other vegetables around the bowl and at the base of the pilsner.

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Double Duty

    Large, sturdy heads of garlic make simple holders for votive candles. Make room for a votive by carefully removing the top third of a garlic head and scraping out the insides. Spray the head with a clear sealant to keep the odor from overpowering the table and let dry 30 minutes. Arrange leafy herbs in the hollowed out portion to create a frilly color and insert the candle.

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Garden Decor

    Add some charm to your outside party space by arranging baskets of fresh produce. This wire basket of red and yellow peppers is resting on a rustic red chair.

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