Published on May 13, 2015

THEMES TO INSPIRE

Even if it’s an impromptu brunch or a casual
gathering with friends, a theme ties the affair
together. Choose elements inspired by
a color palette, pattern, or destination.

This adorable checkered setup is the perfect mix of retro and rustic.

Bright colors and metallic details inspired an evening in Morocco. 

The perfect spot

If you have access to an outdoor space, whether it be a backyard or rooftop, utilize it! Take advantage of the great weather, there’s nothing like a summer night spent outside with friends.

No patio? No problem. If you’re lucky enough to live by the water, bring it to the beach! The sand and surf lend a beautiful backdrop to any bash. 

For a casual setup, there's nothing quite like a summer picnic at the park!

DECOR THAT WOWS

Tablecloths, runners, and placemats
are excellent ways to lend color and
texture to the table.

A vibrant hue evokes a dynamic essence within the scheme.

White and gold details elevate outdoor setups.

Going for a minimalist feel? Simple color coordination gives this tablescape an effortlessly put together aesthetic.

When finding enough chairs proves to be impossible, nix them all together! Rugs and blankets are perfect alternatives.

Summer is the season for some of our favorite blooms. Handpick them from a garden or stop by your local florist for a gorgeous centerpiece – minus the hassle.

Get creative with the vases and leave room for imperfections.We've got easy centerpiece ideas here!Can't deal with bouquets? Succulents are a hassle-free way to add some natural beauty to your tabletop.

When the sun starts to set, string lights and candles set a warm, romantic mood for an outdoor dinner soiree. 

THE RIGHT LIGHT

When the sun starts to set, string lights
and candles set a warm, romantic mood
for an outdoor dinner soiree.

ON THE MENU

Think colorful dishes and
festive cocktails, using seasonal ingredients and flavor-packed garnishes.

Small, bite-sized snacks make for the best apps. Keep them light and simple – leaving room for the main course!

Elevate this classic crowd-pleaser with fresh tomatoes,
garden herbs, and caramelized onions.

Get the recipe for this cheesy, chorizo, and artichoke pizza here.

What’s a party without dessert? This cinnamon sugar
churro cake will surely have them coming back for more.

Get the churro cake recipe here.

Fire roasted marshmallows and a hearty scoop of ice cream. Now that's something we'd like to sink our teeths into!

Get the s'more ice cream sandwich recipe here.

When warm weather calls for a refreshing cocktail, this berry blend will do the trick.

Get the blueberry thyme gin smash recipe here.

A deliciously fruity lemonade is an equally indulging and booze-free alternative.

Get the recipe for this cherry pineapple lemonade here.

Let guests play bartender for the night. Self-serve setups (we're thinking mimosas or sangria) are perfect for larger crowds.

Get the how-tos here.

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