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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platters or bowls. In the yard or park, it's also fun to incorporate lawn games such as cornhole, giant Jenga and horseshoes. If you pick a "rustic" theme, you can pull out a shabby chic couch for seating or place a door atop two barrels for the bar. Use beige and white and mismatched china to keep the theme cohesive. A s'mores bar will match the color scheme and be a sweet ending to your party. Think Color, Lighting The 2017 color of the year, "Greenery," is also called apple green. What a perfect complement to your yard! "Greenery" pairs beautifully with vibrant, versatile jewel tones. Consider simple white dishes with jewel-tone flowers or vice versa. If you decide to stay with simply green and white, you can use your food as accent colors — think rich hues of grilled vegetables, sliced red tomatoes with green basil and white moz- zarella cheese, and a bright pink punch. Don't let the sun go down on your event without having planned for evening lighting. Who doesn't love candles, whether real or LED? Try big pillar candles nestled in sand- filled containers and spaced evenly along the border of your yard. If you have a fence, deck or the perfect tree, you can hang colorful lanterns or floral balls for a splash of color. Another idea is to weave strands of string lights around the base of trees and through the branches. Globe string lights add a special touch and are easily found these days. Remem- ber to have ample light by the food and at the bar or beverage table. Say Cheese! Plan early. Set a theme. Pick your music to match your theme. Have fun with color and light- ing. Keep the food simple and have plenty of ice-cold drinks on hand. Remember to take lots of pictures. Create summer memories to last a lifetime. Most importantly, have fun! Beth Redlich Mattos, lead designer of Creative Events Charlotte, has spent the last 20-plus years creating colorful events that tell a tale. She specializes in life's many occasions, from bar/bat mitzvahs to proms, weddings, galas, expos and corporate events. Lighting can add a splash of color to an evening event. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2017 76 Expert Direct

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