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When it comes to setting the outdoor party scene, decide on the look that suits your lifestyle.

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For the casual lounger

the scene:

Poolside (obviously). It's all about spreading out around the space. Cue the campaign chairs, bistro tables, umbrellas, and bar carts. Mood is light and carefree.

the attire

: Flip flops, shorts, flowy dresses. Bathing suits required. 

the menu:

It's all about the munchies (cantaloupe blocks with bleu cheese, smoked salmon crepes) and one killer signature drink like blood orange sangria. 

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For the patio lingerers

t

he scene

: The ultimate setup for big backyard homeowners or small-space terrace dwellers. All you really need is a solid table and plenty of seating (the gang's all coming!). The key is making this an intimate party zone. 

the attire:

Relaxed and ready to hang. Best bring a sweater because this crowd sticks around. 
t

he menu:

No-fuss and fresh spread: Think amalfi salad with red wine vinaigrette, asian lettuce wraps, cucumber and dill salad. The limoncello spritzer is the noteworthy sipper. Finish it off with the ultimate 10-minute sundae for dessert. 

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For the dinner party crowd

the scene: When you invite guests over, it’s a serious affair. Carve out a space in a remote location so it feels intimate and exclusive. We're thinking modern day Secret Garden. (And lots of space is not required.) Prepare a table with enough room to spread out and chairs comfy for sitting day into night. 
the attire: Casual chic. Now's the time to pull out that favorite sundress.
the menu: A little more character than your typical sit down dinner. Serve lobster rolls with caper remoulade, grilled corn, heirloom tomato salad. The drink of choice: sangria flora!