Spark joy with a sunset soirée
Welcome loved ones to a relaxed outdoor party filled with fresh flowers and effortless extras
Make serving a breeze
with cutlery containers
All it takes is two coffee cans and pretty paper to create these clever utensil caddies. To do: For each, rinse out a coffee can and cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit around it; set aside. Use a paintbrush to apply decoupage paste to the can; press paper around can. While it dries, use a white paint pen to jot a label onto a leaf and glue to the can, then pop in utensils and flowers.
Light up smiles
with DIY cork twinklers
Recycled jars or vases filled with corks and a candle add pizzazz! To do: Drop 8 corks into a glass jar and nestle a votive candle inside. Twist a craftstore hook into the base of another cork; thread it onto a piece of ribbon and tie around the jar. SECRET SOURCE: No corks on hand? Try Decorative Wine Corks, $7 for 30, Save-On-Crafts.com
Set the mood for fun
with a vibrant palette
The key to a casually chic gathering that’s ideal for savoring the last warm days of the season: pairing soft textures and fresh blooms in vivid hues reminiscent of a September sunset. Here, a patio table is topped with a bright patchwork-style cloth (in a range of shades from yellow to magenta) and a vase full of roses in the same colors. Adding matching dinnerware continues the sunset-inspired style. The finishing touch: trays of fresh fruit and goblets filled with red wine. Such a lovely and laid-back spot for relaxing with friends!
Say “you’re so special”
with pretty place cards
Sweet and simple place cards offer guests a happy hello as they take their seats. To do: For each, cut a piece of white cardstock into a 4" square; fold in half. Punch a hole in the top right corner and loop an 8" piece of ribbon through; tie a bow. Next, pluck the petals off 18 flowers with button centers (like daisies). Glue buttons in a heart shape on the card and jot down a guest’s name.
with floral plate toppers
“Blooming” napkin rolls add a fresh-picked touch to place settings in seconds! To do: For each, cut 6 dahlias to 1 inch. Pierce a 10" length of floral wire through the base of each bloom, then twist the wire ends to form a circlet. Snip any excess wire and slip a rolled napkin through, then tuck 4 rose hips and a few leaves behind the dahlias.