Backyard Party: Pretty with Paint

Make your backyard table fun and a little funky with bright colors and paint embellishments.

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  • Bold Party Scheme

    Add pizzazz to a teak outdoor dining set with a colorful umbrella, paper lanterns, and pretty paint swirls and stripes.

  • Scallop Edges

    Jazz up a stock plastic table cloth by adding a flirty finish. Cut scallops around the perimeter as an easy embellishment.

  • Pretty Paper Lanterns

    Group paper lanterns en masse for greater impact. If you can't find patterned lanterns, paint plain white versions to match your party decor.

  • Stylish Seating

    Stitch together a pair of fabric napkins on three sides to make a seat cushion cover. Napkins are cheaper than most yardage, already hemmed, and slip off easily for washing. To add a colorful motif, mix acrylic paints with fabric medium and apply stripes.

  • Refreshing Stripes

    Add bands of color to a clear plastic pitcher and tumblers using glass paints and a narrow brush. Be sure to paint only the outside surface of the glassware and avoid the rims.

  • Take Charge with a Charger

    With only crafts paint and a stencil you can put a colorful spin on plain patio picnic ware. Use a stamp and acrylic paint to spruce up plastic chargers. Warning: Painted chargers aren't food-safe, so use another smaller plate on top.

  • Floral Accents

    Use a curvy two-piece planter designed to fit around an umbrella as a space-saving centerpiece. Transform a plain terra-cotta planter with a fresh coat of white ceramic paint. Finish off the design with acrylic-paint stripes.

  • Pick a Party Palette

    Choose two or three colors for your party color palette, and dress the table with silverware, dishes, and napkins in these colors.

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