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Simple Tips :: Set Up a Buffet Table

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Setting up for a nice buffet might sound simple enough, though your efforts could very easily result in a display that looks more chaotic than clever. Avoid confusion and traffic jams in your buffet line by planning ahead. Eliminate the common sight of guests reaching for plates and back-tracking for utensils that they missed along the way.

Plates

Before your guests can begin to dish up their meal, they will need a plate. Stack plates at one end of the table so that guests have access to these first. Also, if you are using disposable plates remember to choose heavier ones so that the food actually stays on the plate and guests can easily carry them.

The Food

Serve dishes that your guests understand and recognize. If you decide to serve a dish that your guests may not be familiar with, create a place card so guests can easily identify the dish. Also, make sure each dish has a coordinating serving utensil so guests can easily (and quickly) dish up their food.

Servingware

At the other end of your buffet table (opposite of the plates), place the silverware. Only provide utensils that your guests will need to use. If a knife is not needed, donโ€™t offer one. This will avoid confusion and lighten the carrying load for guests. To make the grab-and-go of the silverware a breeze, wrap each set up in one napkin and secure it with a piece of ribbon or twine. Condensing the utensils and napkin will make it easier for guests to carry their plates to their seats.

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Surprise Backyard Picnic

Picnic party ideas :: Thoughtfully Simple

This weekend, I was looking for a little way to carve out some special time with my youngest girl. The weather was perfect so I thought a surprise backyard picnic would be a fun way to spend a little one-on-one time together. Have a backyard picnic

Picnic party ideas :: Thoughtfully SimpleI filled up some pink and yellow balloons to give our picnic spot a little extra touch. I printed and attached the words “let’s have a backyard picnic” to one of the strings. When my daughter spotted the balloons, it put a huge smile on her face!

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Inspired :: Dinner Party Playlist

Dinner Party Music

I love to entertain in the summertime. There’s just something so simple about hosting friends and family this time of year. Perhaps it’s the great mood everyone is in, or the laid-back vibe? I can’t put my finger on it exactly but I just find summer entertaining easy and enjoyable. Now that the nights are getting longer, I’m itching to kick off the backyard-entertaining season! We’ve been getting dirty in the garden and making sure our yard is inviting — I’d say a dinner party is soon in order.

Do you like to entertain during the summer? When thinking about hosting a gathering I like to pick a few points of inspiration to guide my party prep. ย I am usually inspired by:

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How to Host a Garden Party

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Ahhh springtime. Spring is the perfect time to host a garden party (regardless of how many veggies or flowers you have planted in your garden). Use the warmer weather and colorful backdrop of the outdoors as an excuse to gather ย friends, enjoy some good food and cool drinks. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor party a success:

Invitations

These can be as simple or elegant as your style suits. Even a handwritten note with a dried pressed flower enclosed would be thoughtful. Regardless if you choose a formal, handwritten, or even online invitation โˆ’ be sure to set the mood of your garden-themed event by including floral designs or flowers themselves.

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Cinco de Mayo Centerpieces

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Looking to add a little festive flair to your table top? If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo centerpieces these little guys are easy to make.

Gold and Terracotta

I picked up some inexpensive terracotta pots in various sizes, marked off some interesting shapes using painter’s tape, and spray painted them with gold metallic spray paint (I am obsessed with this stuff!). Let them dry and you have the perfect centerpiece vessel!

Fill the newly painted pots with different varieties of cactus and you have yourself a simple Cinco de Mayo centerpiece.

CCinco de Mayo Centerpiece

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