7 tips for a low-key outdoor party

04.21.2016

Hopefully, for many of you, spring has finally sprung. Spring is the best time to enjoy your outdoor space and invite your friends for an easy, low-key, outdoor get-together. Here are my tips for entertaining and hosting a low-key, yet elegant outdoor party.
  • Choose simple but elegant tableware: Low-key entertaining does not necessarily mean plastic or paper plates and cups. Add an instant ‘vavavoum’ effect and impress your guests by using simple and timeless tableware and earthy – yet sophisticated – vessels like acacia wood salad bowlsporcelain salad plates, ceramic serving trays or serving bowls. Gold flatware is always a hit as well, and adds just the right amount of ‘bling-bling’.

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  • Keep pieces low and close to the floor for a low-key vibe: pillows, outdoor fabric poufs are great decor pieces for loungy vibes.

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  • Divide your outdoor space into zones : create a food buffet station and define the space by using accent rugs, add small tables with metal cafe/ patio chairs, and create more intimate conversation areas.

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  • Prepare your food in advance: I made some tartines [the toppings can be prepared in advance, then you just have to toast your bread at the last minute] using simple fresh ingredients, and prepared in advance my lavender syrup so my tartine party signature cocktail, the lavender martini could be quickly made on demand – these gorgeous Martini glasses help keep the sophisticated vibe of the party.

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  • Don’t forget the music! Prepare a music playlist in advance so you don’t have to play the DJ all night. I prepared a French music Spotify playlist for my tartine party that you are welcome to use for your next get-together.

A TARTINE PARTY || MIXTAPE NO.5 || Listen on Spotify

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  • Above all, the best way to entertain your guests is to be part of the party – instead of running around from the kitchen to the patio. By planning in advance, you’re not just the party thrower, you are also the party goer! Have fun!

Any tips I forgot on my checklist? Let me know yours! Xo, Si-

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Photography : Sandra Fazzino for French By Design

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