Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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E X P E R T D I R E C T Outdoor Ambiance Host Simple, Memorable Lawn Parties with these Easy Guidelines By Beth Redlich Mattos | Photos courtesy of ArtShots Photography S ummer is the perfect season for festive celebrations. Family and friends gather for graduations, family reunions, weddings, holidays and simple get-togethers. Hosting a lawn party in your backyard, or even at a park, can be much more fun and easy with a few creative tips. Select a Theme Defining a theme for your event gives you a starting point and will provide your guests a lasting memory. The theme can be used to inform your planning. For example, think about using your back- yard as a setting for a Mexican fiesta or a Hawaiian luau, delighting your guests with food and décor that complete the idea. Play music to further your theme. Pick selections that support the mood you're seeking. Hide cordless speak- ers in the landscape and set up a personalized playlist on Pandora. If your theme is "games," you can intro- duce board games as part of the décor. You can use boards from Monopoly, Scrabble or other games to set under centerpieces, The 2017 color of the year, "Greenery," pairs beautifully with vibrant, versatile jewel tones. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2017 75 Expert Direct

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