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Gather inspiration for a casual outdoor gathering from one of our easy summer party ideas. From dinner on the deck to a festive taco buffet, your options are endless for a no-fuss summer party.

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Make a birthday cake or other special day cake oh-so-adorable with candies! Cookbook author and stylist Libbie Summers shares 11 super-simple ways that cinnamon candies, jellybeans, maltballs, and other sweet favorites can make you look like a professional cake decorator in minutes.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch, The Cutest 5-Ingredient Cocktail Ever!

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Sugar-Coated Ice Cream Social

I scream, you scream … You know the drill. Host a sugar-coated ice cream social the kiddos will love -- with cereal necklaces, paper crowns, candy truffles, and a whimsical ice cream truck. Go on and get celebrating!

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Pitcher Cocktail Recipes

Where there's a pitcher, there's a party. Whether you're brunching, dinner partying, or hosting a (very) happy hour, these fun pitcher cocktail recipes are sure to hit the spot. Find icy margaritas, fruity sangria cocktails, spiked punch, and more!

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Wedding Color Trends: Add Touch of Brown

Chocolate is the perfect complement to an array of classic wedding colors. Whether it's used with pastel pink or bold orange, this look will modernize any wedding scheme.

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    • Decorate Your Cake

      Spruce up a brown cake with pink detailing, echoing the color scheme in the floral styling.

    • Tie It In with Ribbon

      Incorporate brown into your scheme by adding beautiful ribbon and patterned paper. Whether it's on a menu card or invitation, the ribbon detail adds an elegant touch without your having to spend big bucks.

    • Be Bold with Linens

      Arrange tables in a U-shape to display your wedding color combination. Try chocolate brown linens and pink flowers with a chartreuse menu for a pop of color.

    • Use Stunning Sashes

      Sashes are an easy way to add bold color to a simple dress. From brides to flower girls, everyone can pull off this look.

    • Be Creative with a Favor

      Brown-pattern paper makes a beautiful wrap for this recipe card favor. Layer bands of cream and brown ribbon along with a brown-and-cream paper monogram to hold the envelope closed.

    • Scrolled in Chocolate

      Elegant scroll designs and glossy fondant ribbons make this cake design perfect for an evening wedding. Clusters of chocolate-color cosmos, creamy-white calla lilies, and fondant ribbons provide additional detail and a beautiful focal point.

    • Focus on the Head Table

      Drape brown silk linen on the head table and cover it with a sheer cream overlay to reinforce your traditional brown-and-cream color scheme. Use long green calla lily stalks and green hydrangea leaves in your bouquets to introduce a harmonious accent color.

    • All About the Bridesmaids

      Brown is becoming a popular color for bridesmaids' dresses and it works for all seasons. Pair it with a brown tie for the groomsmen for a unique and classic look.

    • Indulge in Chocolate

      Start with a mouthwatering all-chocolate cake, then serve covered truffles for a delicious and elegant treat. Use ivory silk linens and globes of white hydrangea to frame your masterpiece.

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      Make Perfect Programs

      This petite program -- just 6 x 3 inches when folded -- contains the essential information for the ceremony. Print the text on vellum cut slightly smaller than the cover; position the vellum inside the folded cover. Punch holes near the top and bottom of the set and use ribbon to bind the two pieces together.

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      Add a Touch of Ribbon

      Place big round bouquets of peonies and daisies, along with baby peegee hydrangeas, in metal containers wrapped in brown douppioni silk ribbon for bold bursts of color.

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      Take a Seat

      Integrate brown into your ceremony or reception seating. Though renting chairs similar to this may be a bit pricey, it creates a chic and trendy look.

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      Use Pretty Paper

      Choose stylish solids such as a rich brown paired with a simple font to create a modern masterpiece. Use coordinating ribbon to add a personal touch.

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      Show Off Your Menu

      Place a stunning menu card under a clear glass plate for a distinguished look. First measure the size of the plate well. Size and print the menu onto vellum. Use a circle cutter to cut the menus to fit the plate wells. Punch a hole in the top of each menu and loop a 12-inch-long ribbon through each hole.

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      Create a Unique Cake Topper

      A lightweight wooden vase with a small display of roses makes a one-of-a-kind cake topper. Work with your baker to be sure your cake can support the weight of any topper you choose.

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      Craft Easy Invites

      To make this simple retro invitation, print the words onto vellum. Attach to cardstock with brads or ribbon. Voila -- instant invitations!

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      Include Elegant Candles

      Decorate short, medium, and tall glass hurricanes with ribbon sleeves and monograms, and then fit with white pillar candles -- easy and elegant.

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      27 Perfect Wedding Color Combos

      A smart color scheme is the place to start for much of your wedding planning. Whether you'd like a subdued, elegant wedding or the bold party of the century, colors can help tell your story. Click through our favorite wedding color combinations to inspire the rest of your celebration.
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