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How-to: Host an Outdoor Party

Throwing a summer party
We believe that the best thing about summer memories is making them. There is nothing better than a beautiful backyard, a warm night and a cool bottle of your favorite wine (cheese helps, too).

Hosting patio parties is one of the items on our annual summer bucket list. This year, we pulled together the three essentials for hosting the perfect al fresco experience. Bucket list? Checked!

1. Set the mood.

Do you want an elegant soiree or a laid-back barbecue on the lawn? The mood dictates the style of the evening, the food you serve and the spirits you drink. We went for a casual ambiance, using our latest pattern, Lilac Tapestry, as inspiration for the atmosphere. The galactic-inspired tapestry provided the perfect color scheme for ladies’ night at twilight.

Throwing a summer partyShop the Throw Blanket in Lilac Tapestery

back patio style

2. Dine al fresco.

If you’re hosting an outdoor party, you’ll need to have food to fit the atmosphere. Will you have dinner by candlelight or a charcuterie board with string lights? We chose the famous cheese board filled with fruits and finger foods that can be easily eaten in between laughter and rosé.

Throwing a summer party

3. Select your spirits.

Cocktail chic or vintage with vino? We think there is something lovely about sipping wine with your best girlfriends surrounded by twinkling lights. Whatever drink you choose, greet your guests with it at the door. Pro tip: Everyone loves a striped straw or fun fruit in their drink. Wine isn’t your thing? Stir up another of our favorites.

Throwing a summer party
Shop Napkins in Lilac Tapestery

There are so many summer evenings left to spend with girlfriends enjoying great conversation. If this party isn’t your style, see How to Host an Outdoor Party like an Instagram Goddess.

Whatever you choose, toast to making summer memories.

Throwing a summer party

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