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Now that summer’s here, it’s the perfect time to host an al fresco meal for your crew. Think outside the (BBQ) box, and host an outdoor brunch bash!

We all know that throwing a themed party is the perfect opportunity to channel your inner Martha Stewart. But for some, the thought of crafting conjures up images of epic Pinterest fails. Fear not: DIY doesn’t have to be difficult.

We tapped the experts at Oak & Sofa Liquidators for tips on how to host a lit brunch gathering. Here’s exactly how to have the best shindig ever.

The Vibe Is Everything

Before you start working on the decor, it’s important to nail down your event’s design aesthetic. Are you going for a rustic theme or a whimsical motif? Is this a beachy bash or a glam soiree? Once you nail down your vibe, you’ll find that fleshing out the details is much more enjoyable.

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Invitations Are Key

Send actual invitations. In the age of Facebook, sending individual RSVPs can be a thoughtful gesture. Send a digital invitation (ala Paperless Post) and pick a premade theme. Voilà, your party is instantly elevated. Best of all, e-vites look and seem fancy, but they take very little effort to make.

Mix And Match Your Linens

The best way to add color and texture to your party decor is with textiles. Throw a festive runner on the table, snag some napkins, and you’re golden.

Curate Your Dishes

Keep your motif in mind when you select your dishes. For a clean, contemporary look, use all white platters. For an eclectic look, snag mismatched dishes at your local thrift shop. The options are endless.

Find The Perfect Table

Your guests have to eat somewhere. Make sure that you have a beautiful table that will accommodate all of your friends. If you’re looking for a stylish update, check out this sleek piece at Oak & Sofa.

Place Cards Are Chill

Make your guests feel welcome with homemade name cards. This may seem like a small touch, but it’s classy AF. Nothing screams baller quite like artisan place cards. Check out these cute, egg place cards from The Merrythought.

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Set Up A DIY Food Station

Waffle bar, anyone? Create a station where guests can custom-build their own meals. Accommodating different tastes and dietary restrictions is very important when hosting a group, so try an omelette station, a parfait bar, or a bagel cart at your next event.

House Cocktails Are A Must

Cocktails can make or break a party. Whether you’re team mimosa or team Bloody Mary, it’s vital to have a signature cocktail at your brunch. Arrange a mimosa station or a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, and be sure to supply plenty of fixings.

Don’t Forget About Extra Seating Options

Your pals need a designated area to mingle. Outdoor sectionals and loveseats are great anchor pieces on any patio. This is one of our favs from Oak & Sofa.

Party Favors Are Next Level

People. Love. Swag. Assemble goodie bags for your squad, and give them their gifts as they head out the door. Think: homemade granola bags or monogrammed coffee mugs.

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