When hosting a party in a pretty outdoor space, it's easy to keep the decorations to a minimum. For my Summer cocktail party tonight, I'll let the natural beauty of my sister's garden — complete with roses and koi pond — be the focal point. Then I'll create stations by placing small folding tables and chair clusters around the garden. To ensure flow, the food will be set up on platters in one area and the drink-making supplies in another part of the yard.
Outdoor globe lights take the patio from ordinary day to party night, and fresh-cut flowers look lovely on the tables.