Throw An Outdoor Party In Three Easy Steps

Here are three easy tips for making any outdoor summer party a special occasion.

Whether it's graduation, engagement or just a gathering of family and friends, here are three easy tips for making any outdoor summer party a special occasion. [MUSIC] First, plan a self serve buffet you can prep in advance. Go savory and sweet with a mix of seasonal vegetable and fruit tartlets. Small bites are perfect for warmer weather, as you can take out only what you need, and replenish from the fridge if necessary. Stock up on cute trays for easy transportation to the yard. Second, create a self serve bar with a mix of vintage and modern glassware in the same color. This festive tablecloth is just a cotton sheet, dyed with pretty stripes. Make the most of in season fruit, with a homemade punch. Drape a linen cloth over the container to keep bugs away. Chill a few white and rose wines on ice in a pretty bucket. Third, adorn your yard with details that look fresh and relaxed. Create small seating groups to invite casual conversation. Using a single color, helps unite different styles of chairs. Illuminate your trees, put a little water and a votive candle in a mason jar, and use copper wire to hang them from sturdy branches. Wrap the bottom of the jar in copper tape. Finally, hang a swing from a tree and festoon the seat with ribbons, the kids will love it. Summer is short, use these simple party ideas to make the most of the season. [MUSIC]

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