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You’ve got your barbecues, your poolside potlucks and your cocktails on the patio. But this year, you’re ready to up the ante (we’re not knocking basic hot dogs and hamburgers, but a girl needs to eat off something other than plastic every once in a while). Our friends at Pier 1 are here to prove just how much of a difference a gorgeous tablescape can make for your summer party. Hint: Never underestimate the power of a good theme.

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Leafy Greens: They’re Not Just for Salad

Your claim to fame is that you’ve just gone all-natural in your beauty routine and you wouldn’t dare buy a nonorganic cleaning product. So when it comes to setting up a proper brunch spread, the rustic angle seems fitting. Begin with a base—a woven table runner is a great place to start—and continue with serve ware that could easily be mistaken for antique. But the real key is to accent your table with greenery in a way that breaks up the brown. (How cool are those placemats?)

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Monochromatic Plates: A Chic Way to Play with Color

Make your next dinner party one for the books by homing in on this year’s favorite bold hue: pink. Saturate your table with plates in a hibiscus shade (a stacked setting adds instant elegance), tropical flower arrangements and fun flamingo-print detailing on both napkins and wine glasses. Rose-gold pineapple tumblers are the cherry on top.

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Botanical Motifs: Plates as Beautiful As The Bouquets

Lately, you’ve been daydreaming (specifically during Spin class) about baking one of those trendy naked cakes and decorating the heck out of it with edible fresh flowers. A cake like that is reason enough to host a party, and if you ask us, you should build your table around your dessert. Go for splashy colors that mimic a rainbow of flowers, but keep the vibe elevated by anchoring the patterns with white accent pieces.

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