A vine-cov­ered per­gola makes

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GATH­ER­ING FOR A PARTY OUT­SIDE makes en­ter­tain­ing so much eas­ier. No need to limit the guest list ac­cord­ing to room size, and there’s much less for­mal­ity by de­sign. Party guru Lee Repetto places a pic­nic ta­ble un­der a shaded per­gola and swathes it with yards of vin­tage fab­ric. She cuts flow­er­ing shrubs and leafy branches to add flour­ish and in­vites friends and fam­ily for a twi­light evening of pie tast­ing.

To add an ex­tra layer of fun, con­sider kraft-paper party dec­o­ra­tions. Made of parch­ment paper and par­cel wrap, these pieces are cel­e­bra­tory with­out steal­ing the show from the nat­u­ral el­e­ments. Place pies at dif­fer­ent lev­els to cre­ate vis­ual in­ter­est. Use in­verted pewter tum­blers as in­stant pie stands.

Vin­tage pie tins hold an ar­ray of pies with both lat­tice and crumb top­pings.

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