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Tips for hosting an upscale home party

Special to the daily: Jasmine Listou Bible

The long days of summer have arrived, and your gorgeous patio beckons to be seen. Capitalize on your outdoor living space by hosting a swanky soirée for your closest friends. Gather together to enjoy every moment of our perfect Summit County evenings. Read on for our tips to throwing an unforgettable gala:

Establish a Theme

Begin your party planning by establishing an overall theme. By choosing a style, each decision thereafter will be much easier to make. Whether it's an opulent caviar-and-crystals affair or a rustic farm-to-table dinner, a specific style will dictate invitations, color palette, menus and more.

the long days of summer have arrived, and your gorgeous patio beckons to be seen. Capitalize on your outdoor living space by hosting a swanky soirée for your closest friends. Gather together to enjoy every moment of our perfect Summit County evenings. Read on for our tips to throwing an unforgettable gala:

Begin your party planning by establishing an overall theme. By choosing a style, each decision thereafter will be much easier to make. Whether it's an opulent caviar-and-crystals affair or a rustic farm-to-table dinner, a specific style will dictate invitations, color palette, menus and more.

Seating

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Offering different seating arrangements at varying height levels allows the party to flow throughout the evening. We're loving the Walter Lamb series for Brown Jordan, available at Design Within Reach. The gorgeous brass frames with hand-wrapped cording are timeless, chic and outdoor friendly. Arrange a dining area with the dining table and armchairs if you're having a plated dinner, or set a decadent appetizer spread on the table alone. For a second zone, create an intimate gathering place with the low-slung chairs placed around a fire pit, and a third zone with lounges for casual conversation and star gazing.

Walter Lamb Series, $700 – $1,440, dwr.com

Lighting

The appropriate lighting can completely transform any space, indoors or out. For a bit of European flair, the Honore large outdoor bracketed wall lantern by Suzanne Kasler for Circa Lighting casts the perfect warm glow. If your party is a bit more casual, café lights strung across your patio give a romantic touch. Gorgeous candles scattered throughout are always lovely.

Be sure to use unscented candles that won't interfere with the sumptuous smells coming from your kitchen or catering tent.

Honore Large Outdoor Bracketed Wall Lantern by Suzanne Kasler, $1,785, circalighting.com

Floral

Floral arrangements are the finishing touches, like accessories for a great outfit. Fresh flowers, live plants and succulents can bring beauty and texture to your tables. Speak with the experts at Bloom Flower Shop in Breckenridge to create custom centerpieces that match your theme. A fail-proof option is a monochromatic approach. White blooms and vibrant green succulents feel current and fresh.

Bloom Flower Shop, bloomflowershop.com

Warmth

Cool evenings call for the warmth of a fire. If your home doesn't have a built-in fire pit or outdoor stone fireplace, opt for a free-standing fire pit like the Eclipse firepit in graphite, available through Houzz.

Inspired by the planet Saturn and its distinctive rings, the circular concrete form is both raw and refined. It can be run with a propane, natural gas or ethanol burner.

Take your hosting to another level by offering your guests luxe throws to wear when the sun goes down, then take home at the end of the night. The Brahms Mount herringbone throw in apple is woven on antique shuttle looms by artisans in Maine. The soft and sumptuous throw will serve as a sweet reminder to guests of the wonderful evening shared at your home.

Brahms Mount Herringbone Throw, $295, serenaandlily.com

Eclipse Fire Pit in Graphite, $3,600, houzz.com

Music

Live music can take your party from standard to spectacular. Our go-to band for all of our events is local band No One Man. The duo plays a beautiful mix of acoustic originals and beloved songs from the past. The musicians can serve as a backdrop during cocktail hour, and a subtle entertainment during dinner. Dapper in tuxedos and top hats, or more demure, the band is able to create a custom experience for any affair.

No One Man, (720) 581-0277

Expert Advice

If party planning sounds overwhelming, enlist the help of experts. Local event planning company Sparrow Event Planning can expertly orchestrate your gala. From concept to catering coordination, and every element in between, owner Nicolette Eaves graciously handles the details so you don't have to. Whether you decide on an intimate gathering or opulent affair, having an on-hand coordinator allows you to relax and enjoy your guests.

Sparrow Event Planning, (303) 250-5830

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