It's not quite the 4th of July, so choose a subtle outdoor theme for spring, says professional event planner Greg Jenkins of Bravo Productions.
"Outdoor decor that accents nature will make a bigger impact and create a more quaint setting when dining al fresco," says San Francisco-based interior designer Cecilie Starin. "Whether you have a green thumb or rely on your favorite flower supplier, nothing gives lift to spring party tabletops like fresh greens and blooms."
Instead of a morning brunch or afternoon picnic, plan an outdoor dinner party for the evening. Sassy lifestyle guru Steve Kemble is one of the country's top event planners and encourages hostesses to look for "high impact, low stress" design ideas to create the perfect outdoor dining table. "You're outdoors under the glorious stars, so you don't need much more," says Kemble.
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