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Four tried-and-true tips for throwing a memorable backyard bash.   

Mix and Match Patterns

Use patterns throughout your outdoor space. Mix patterns and textures with table linens, pillows on your lounge chairs, and even throw blankets. Keep it tonal for a more casual, summertime vibe.

Thomas Kuoh Photography
 Thomas Kuoh Photography

Use Melamine

When it comes to outdoor celebrations, I like to use melamine dinnerware in place of traditional glass products. Many melamine dishes and utencils are beautifully designed with gorgeous colors and patterns, making them indiscernible from their glass counterparts. Make serving and clean-up even easier by using plastic drinkware.

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 Thomas Kuoh Photography

Add Soft Lighting

Lighting is the crown jewel of your outdoor space. Adding lanterns, outdoor pendants, or market lights is a simple touch that will add softness to the atmosphere, elevating the tone and ambiance of the space.

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Go Green

Add organic textures to your outdoor space such as stained wood bowls, rattan placemats, cotton tablecloths and linen napkins. The natural elements give your space a calming feel, connecting your celebration with its surroundings. As a finishing touch to my outdoor space, I love to add greenery such as mini olive trees, succulents, or manzanita branches to my tabletop.