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Party planning tips from Mindy Weiss

Professional party planner Mindy Weiss offers her secrets for a successful outdoor bash.

Professional party planner Mindy Weiss offers her secrets for a successful outdoor bash.

Summer is just around the corner, which is great news for those who enjoy hosting friends and family for outdoor get-togethers. If you are looking to create a memorable evening for those closest to you, but are not sure where to start, celebrity party planner Mindy Weiss has some great tips to share! Weiss has set-up soirees for a number of stars, including Channing Tatum, Gwen Stefani and Ellen Degeneres. Knowing these secrets will help you throw a party worthy of Hollywood – without having to break the bank.

Here are a few of Weiss' tips for sprucing up your home for entertaining:

  • Bring the indoors outside: To create a comfortable and homey atmosphere for your outdoor shindig, be sure to bring some indoor amenities outside. Pillows, chairs, rugs and even drapes can help create the feel of a regular room while you remain outdoors.
  • Freshen the space with color: Spring and summer is a colorful time of year, so your decor should reflect that! You can add some pillows to your outdoor seating with bold hues and patterns, as well as bright kitchenware to avoid plain white dishes and utensils. The simple pop of color will create a festive mood.
  • Purchase a bar cart: When you are having friends and family over, one thing is for certain: Alcoholic beverages will be served. Invest in a bar cart for your home and fill it with everything you would put behind a regular bar – the alcohol, mixes, cups. This way, your bar can be portable and placed in different spots, depending on where people gather.

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