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Plan a Mad Men-inspired soiree, a faux pool party, and more with these inventive ideas for backyard bash menus

Downton Abbey party
Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy; written by Margo True

Downton Abbey party

Borrow some tips from the gorgeous PBS series and put out your best serving pieces for this classy do. Maybe even pass around a few of the appetizers, in grand manor style.


Pimm's Cup


Deviled Cucumber Cups

Salt-and-Pepper Gougères

Spiced Beef Tenderloin with Crusty Rolls and Chutney

Yogurt Honey Jelly with Strawberries and Roses (pictured)


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