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Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Summer Soiree

It's summertime and the living is, well, it should be easy, but hosting an evening gathering can be anything but. To keep things fun, light and memorable for your summer cocktail party, follow these tips, and look to the Dallas Design District for all your hosting needs.

Set the Mood

You've always wanted a chandelier but never knew in which room to place it. The solution? Your patio. Uncommon Lighting has a generous selection of antique, one-of-a-kind chandeliers, as well as sconces, lamps and more. Prefer something custom? Visit The Lamp Shoppe and select from intricate French and Italian chains, canopies and bobeches in a multitude of styles, fabrications and colors to create an original conversation piece. If your celebration will extend onto the lawn, place citronella tiki torches throughout the yard to provide both atmospheric lighting and mosquito protection.

Invest in the Decor

Whether it's a party for four or a shindig for 40, accessories are a necessity. For a stunning tablescape display, combine an eclectic mix of weird and wacky items from Griffin Trading Company atop a handmade bohemian crystal plate such as this Baroko style from Bernadette Schaeffler

Use Unique Furniture

Top a trendy table from Brown Jordan with tabletop-friendly finds such as Bernadette Schaeffler's Bublinka napkin rings and matching double old-fashioned glasses. Use a bar cart for its intended purpose or as an appetizer station.

Keep Drinks Simple

Offer a choice between easy summer cocktails such as sangria, margaritas and mojitos. Pro tip? Make a pitcher of each and invite guests to serve themselves. Stock a few bottles of wine and keep an ice chest of beer on hand. Browse Quill's lineup to learn what's en vogue and obscure but tasty.

Offer Appetizers

If you aren't a proficient chef or simply don't have time to devote to creating an elaborate menu, stop by Doug Boster Catering, one of the Dallas Design District's best-kept secrets. Select from a stunning selection of buffet options and passed hors d'oeuvres, any of which would make a tasty addition to your summer soiree.

Hosting a beautiful summer party doesn't have to leave you stressed out. Let the Dallas Design District help you keep it cool while you focus on selecting the best of the best for your get-together. Don't forget about yourself, either. Scene Salon can give you a knockout blowout after all your shopping so you can go home ready to put the finishing touches on your patio before your guests arrive.

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