Debi Lilly


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A Perfect Event: Inspired, Easy Elegance for Every Occasion--Grocery to Gorgeous Recipes, stylist Secrets, and Affordable DIYs


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Debi's Tips:

Garden parties are all about seasonal, spring summer blooms, mixed to appear "just picked" from the garden. My favorite stylist trick - use a trio of hues in your florals, like peach, purple and orange. Add instant chic by wrapped a long, linear leaf around the outside or inside of the vase, twisting natural jute around the leaf to hold in place. To finish, loop leaves inside the arrangement, adding a punch of style to the florals.

Marvelous mango is THE pantone of the season, and the tabletop trend of the season follows fashion runways - colorblocking. Dress your outdoor table with a pop of color, layering massed florals in vases around the table in coordinating bright, jewel tone colors using spring blooms to include long lasting, budget iendly potted blooms, like Cyclamen, Tulips, Hyacinths and more. My favorite to mix with mango, fuscia. Dress up in pretty pots, or glass vases -- these we gilded with gold leaf and spray glue.

Dress up a natural, wooden patio table with cool garden hues of greens from chartreuse to deep evergreen. I love to use textured mosses, succulents, and layer in flickering floating candles, glass votive candles, and more. An outdoor décor secret -- make sure your flame is far from the top of the vase or votive cup -- so breezes -- this is Chicago -- don't blow them out during the party.


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www.roomandboard.com