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Jazz up a stock plastic table cloth by adding a flirty finish. Cut scallops around the perimeter as an easy embellishment.
Group paper lanterns en masse for greater impact. If you can't find patterned lanterns, paint plain white versions to match your party decor.
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.
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.
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.
Set the table for a fresh-picked picnic.