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Make your next outdoor party a breeze with inventive menus, fun decorating ideas, and easy tips

16 ideas for a no-fuss summer party

For your next backyard bash, impress your guests with these deceptively easy ideas for food, drink, and festiveness

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What you need in your party kit
Photo by Jeffery Cross

What you need in your party kit

Party tray: Buy these lacquered trays in multiples to make serving (and cleanup) easy. From $29;

Glasses: Durable acrylic glasses in bright candy colors can with­stand any party treatment. From $20/set of 4;

Festive napkins: Marimekko’s colorful patterns elevate even the humble paper napkin. From $5/set of 20;

The bamboo spork: This brings the need for two utensils to one. Plus it’s washable and reusable. $8/set of 4;


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