Article: Amy Stillwagon, Produced by Anne Turner Carroll
Invite friends and family over for an effortless summer celebration that’s low-key yet high on style.
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During summer in the South, life just slows down and gets more laid-back. And so does the entertaining. No matter what elements you choose to include, the key to a fun, casual party is in the no-fuss details. Steal these simple decorating ideas to create a setting that doesn’t look simple at all. From playful individual party pails to personalized drinking straws that also serve as place cards, set your table American style.
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Create a Party Pail
Keep your table neatly organized with this simple solution. Corral napkins, flatware, bottled drinks, and other party supplies at each place setting in a star-covered metal pail that can double as a take-home favor.
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Design Handmade Name Cards
Simple hole-punched name cards on party straws individualize glasses and are an easy way for guests to keep up with their drinks. Make your own with rectangles of patterned paper.
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Instead of using ho-hum throwaway paper plates, try layering tin and melamine pieces with your china for a stylish yet still relaxed look. Pair patterns in complementary colors.
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Display Sparklers and Matches
With votive holders full of sparklers and matches at their fingertips, guests can easily celebrate throughout the evening. The star detailing on the sparklers and matchbooks adds a festive accent.