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Party Time: Get Creative

By Kristine Archer

With so many summer parties on people’s agendas, even the slightest creative touches can help your bash stand out from the rest—and it could save you money, too.

“Planning an event shouldn’t always break the bank,” Day says. “Look around and see what you have in your home to present your food. Wash out that old wheelbarrow, fill it with ice and put beverages in it. Use that giant old wash basin as a salad bowl. Use a pair of garden tools as your salad servers. Serve your dessert in planter pots. There are so many things you already have in your home that you can use to decorate without having to actually decorate.”

Creative lighting, which Barwick says offers “great visual eye candy,” can also create wonderful ambience for an evening get-together. Day suggests tailoring the lighting to the mood of the event.

“Uplighting your garden’s trees or bushes gives a romantic feel,” he says. “Candlelight is warm, welcoming and very flattering.”

This article is part 3 of 7 of Party Time!

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