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The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and with it your last chance at outdoor entertaining. Summertime is perfect for unwinding with your closest friends and families over picnics, bar-b-ques and outdoor parties. Here are some easy way to make your events effortlessly beautiful.

Summer entertaining is by nature less formal than the usual events. Take this chance to explore your creative side and be adventurous with your table setting choices. Mix up your fine china with chunky glasses or use your crystal stemware with your casual dinnerware to add some interest to your table. Another fun idea is to mix up your glassware for a multi height (and color) presentation.

Serving your goodies buffet style is another way to keep your party friendly and low key. And by using some great looking oven-to-table serveware you save on clean up both before and after the party. They come in so many styles and colors these days that it is easy to find a set that suits both your taste and budget.

Drinks are also super easy to display and serve. Give your H2O an extra kick with some slices of lemon, lime or orange (or all three!) served in a simple glass pitcher. Or add some fresh mint and cucumber for a crisp and light refreshment. Cans of soda and bottles beer can look great and stay frosty in colorful tub full of ice.

Keep decorations fun and fresh by using brightly colored bouquets. You can go for a beach theme by using silver colored sand buckets as vases and seashells are great for keeping napkins safe from the wind. For evening parties, try pillar candles in mason jars for a beautiful centerpiece.

Enjoy the last of these warm weathered days!