Fall Decor

Fall is officially here!  We love the variety of rich colors that make this season so beautiful. There are many  new and creative ways to decorate for this wonderful season. We love these pinecone topiaries. The green pine needles in the base of each metal container bring a nice contrasting color to the piece.

Using gourds as flower vases is a great way to use a traditional fall piece in a unique way. The deep jewel tones of these flowers look lovely together and bringing purple into your fall decor brightens the arrangements. The sprig of berries adds texture to these soft flowers. Cut some of the gourds shorter than the others to add variety to the height of your arrangements.

Pinecone decor inspired by: Midwest Living Gourd decor inspired by: Midwest Living

Pinecone decor inspired by: Midwest Living
Gourd decor inspired by: Midwest Living

This door decoration is adorable and very easy to make! Just take wooden letters from an arts and crafts store and paint them in oranges, greens, and yellows and hang them from your door using fun patterned ribbons. The pumpkin entryway pieces make a great statement. We love the addition of the family initial on the pot.

If you are looking for a simple way to accent other arrangements, these fall leaf votives are a great way to do it. Wrapping brightly colored fall leaves (real or artificial) around a candle votive with twine creates a festive accent to any table. For a more subtle fall accent, consider painting miniature pumpkins with gold metallic paint and use them as placecards at your next dinner party. These pumpkins can add a little sparkle to the rest of the table if you scatter them among other arrangements or group them together in the center of your table for a  more clean look.

Fall door decor inspired by: Sand and Sisal Fall leaf votive inspired by: Midwest Living Gold pumpkin decor inspired by: Martha Stewart

Fall door decor inspired by: Sand and Sisal
Fall leaf votive inspired by: Midwest Living
Gold pumpkin decor inspired by: Martha Stewart

Fall is a great season to spend time with your family. Instead of dealing with the mess of carving pumpkins this year, try decorating pumpkins with each family member’s name using paint or stick-on vinyl letters. Other designs can be added  to the pumpkins for a more personalized look.

White pumpkins are a fun new trend in fall decor. We love how they were used in this table centerpiece. The contrast between the red and gold berries and the white pumpkin  is beautiful and gives a bright clean look to a table. Using warm rich colored table cloths underneath the pumpkins makes them pop. These pumpkins would look great on a mantle or side table as well.

Named pumpkins inspired by: Who Arted White pumpkins inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens

Named pumpkins inspired by: Who Arted
White pumpkins inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens

If you are looking for a fun way to bring flowers into your fall decor, we suggest this fun project. Glue fall colored flower heads to pumpkins.  You can create solid colored pumpkins, or have fun with striped patterns or polka-dots! Placing all of your decorated pumpkins together on a table creates a lovely arrangement.

For a clean classic look, we love this monogrammed pumpkin on a front porch. To re-create this beautiful look, paint a large pumpkin white and then add your family’s monogram. Place the pumpkin in a large pot and accent with berry vines to complete the look.

Flower pumpkin inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens Monogrammed pumpkin inspired by: Lauren Conrad

Flower pumpkin inspired by: Better Homes and Gardens
Monogrammed pumpkin inspired by: Lauren Conrad

We love decorating for the different seasons! Are there any unique ways you decorate for Fall?

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High Impact Entrances

When guests arrive to an event, you want them to be wowed! Creating an impactful event entrance can set the theme and the tone for the rest of the night. There are many ways to create a grand entrance for an event, and we want to show you a few of our favorites.

This rose covered tunnel definitely makes a “wow” statement. This entire structure was covered in red roses and lead the guests into the ballroom where the rest of the event was held. Paired with a red carpet, guests feel like they are getting the royal treatment. Another way to create impact is to drape the doors or entryway for your event with a bold print fabric. We love this simple black and white stripe, but a bright red or pink would also have a great effect.

Rose entryway inspired by: When Geeks Wed Striped entryway inspired by: Style Me Pretty

Rose entryway inspired by: When Geeks Wed
Striped entryway inspired by: Style Me Pretty

If you are having a themed event, dressing up your entrance is a great way to carry the feeling of the event from start to finish. For example, Keith Watson Events used blue and white draping along with fishermans netting, seashells, and starfish to bring the feel of the ocean to the entrance of this room. For a 75th anniversary dinner, we chose blue and white striped draping for the entrance. Coordinating the rest of the linens with the entryway gave a cohesive feel to the space.

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If you are wanting something with a more neutral pallet, white draping accented with flowers is always a great idea. We love this stunning flower arrangement paired with white draping at the entrance to this tent. The flower detail on the drape ties the two pieces together. Covering a boring hotel hallway with white fabric completely changes the feel your guests get when they arrive at your event. The crystal chandeliers add sparkle and glamor.

White floral draping inspired by: My Wedding Concierge Chandelier and draping inspired by: Colonial Event

White floral draping inspired by: My Wedding Concierge
Chandelier and draping inspired by: Colonial Event

These next designs are great for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. This balloon tunnel was created for a circus-themed Bar Mitzvah. The red drapes create drama and make you feel like you are walking into a big-top tent. For a nautical themed event, try hanging blue and white paper streamers just inside the door where guests walk in. If you are having a winter event, rows of white drapes accented with blue lighting make you feel cold just looking at them. The white snowflake light designs on the ceiling add a subtle winter detail.

Balloon entrance inspired by: Caplan Miller Streamer entryway inspired by: Kojo Designs Ice blue entryway inspired by: Power Station Events

Balloon entrance inspired by: Caplan Miller
Streamer entryway inspired by: Kojo Designs
Ice blue entryway inspired by: Power Station Events

If there are multiple entryways for an event, dressing them all the same unifies the look of the event. For these entrances, Keith Watson Events decided that ceiling-high draping would make the entrance feel grand and have high visual impact. The topiaries to each side add interest and draw the eye up, accentuating the height of the drapes.  Using props at the entrance is a great way to announce the theme for your party. For one of our events, we stacked vintage suitcases on each side of the entryway for a travel theme. If you are having a party with a more rustic style, consider using burlap at your entryway. For our event, we combined burlap, red draping, and wagon wheels to set the feeling for the room.

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For an all white event, these two entrances are sure to please. Combining white roses and white draping creates an entryway that is far from boring. The candelabras lining the walls adds impact and glamor for the guests.  Using white striped drapes and mirrored columns create a gorgeous modern entrance. The white flower arrangements in crystal vases soften the look. This entryway is clean and elegant but definitely high impact.

White and mirror entryway inspired by: SpecialEvents.com White and rose entryway inspired by: TheKnot.com

White and mirror entryway inspired by: SpecialEvents.com
White and rose entryway inspired by: TheKnot.com

What do you think of these designs? Do you know of other high-impact entryways?

Ceremony Aisle Decor

Every bride dreams of the day when she will walk down the aisle.  But many are looking for something other than the traditional tulle and flowers. We have pulled together some of the most beautiful and uniquely decorated aisles to help inspire your walk on your big day!

We love the drama that this swirl design adds to the aisle. This lovely pattern is created using rose petals, and can be done in either one solid color, or multicolored. If you are looking for something a little more casual, these paper hearts lining the aisle add a unique charm. This aisle sets a fun and casual tone for the rest of the day.

Swirl aisle design inspired by: Elisabeth Hanne Designs Hearts aisle design inspired by:100 Layer Cake

Swirl aisle design inspired by: Elisabeth Hanne Designs
Hearts aisle design inspired by: 100 Layer Cake

We love the touch of blue used in these aisles. These lovely bouquets of hydrangeas and roses hung  from shepherds hooks and lined the aisle of our very own bride, Susan Browning Steiglitz, at her Santa Fe River Ranch wedding.   The colors of these arrangements were stunning, and created an elegant feel to this outdoor wedding.

Not every aisle runner has to be white. The soft white rose petals are the perfect finishing touch to this simple yet beautiful aisle.

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Colorful aisles are so much fun! The swirl patterns around the edge of the aisle and the bright orange runner look great against the clean white in the rest of the room. The pink columns with flower arrangements add detail to the design of the aisle and match the columns on the altar. If you are looking for a more non-traditional aisle concept, try this unique spiral arrangement for your chairs. This design allows all of your guests to get a great view of you as you make your way to your I-do’s.  Accenting the entrance with bright floral arrangements and scattering rose petals along the edge adds just enough color while keeping the aisle clean and contemporary.

Colorful aisle design inspired by: Your Edmonton Wedding Swirl aisle design inspired by: Art of Weddings

Colorful aisle design inspired by: Your Edmonton Wedding
Swirl aisle design inspired by: Art of Weddings

If your ceremony will be held in a church, don’t worry, there are many ways to beautify your walk down the aisle too, as seen in these photos of past couple’s ceremonies.  Consider white flower arrangements placed on tall pedestals lining the aisle. The crystals hanging from the flowers added sparkle to this aisle at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Another option is to add simple bows to the end of each pew at St. Augustine Catholic Church.  The red petals and the pink ribbon created a beautiful romantic feel. If you are looking for something more causal, you can line your aisle with flower pomanders hanging from shepherds hooks. These can be done in many colors, accented with colored pearl heard pins.

aisle6Arranging your ceremony chairs in a circle around your chuppah or altar allows a 360 degree view for you and your guests. This arrangement works great for large square or irregularly shaped areas, and creates a beautiful symmetry for the space. If you are looking for something elegant for your aisle, this arrangement of stone columns and soft pink flowers would look lovely. The sheer fabric draped between columns softens the stone and gives a lovely airy feel to the aisle.

Flowered column aisle décor inspired by: I do I do I do I do Circle ceremony design inspired by: Art of Weddings

Flowered column aisle décor inspired by: I do I do I do I do
Circle ceremony design inspired by: Art of Weddings

For a more rustic outdoor wedding, there are still plenty of unique ways to dress up your aisle. We love this burlap runner for an outdoor wedding. The small flower arrangements on the edges of the chairs lining the aisle visually softens the rough fabric.  If you are having your ceremony under the open sky, consider a mirrored aisle. This design is created using individual plexi-glass mirrors and then lining the aisle with bright red ribbon or fabric. The reflection of the sky above looks amazing in photographs.

Mirrored aisle inspired by: Kands Photography Burlap aisle inspired by: Georgeous.com.au

Mirrored aisle inspired by: Kands Photography
Burlap aisle inspired by: Georgeous.com.au

Finally, these last two aisles will forever be classic and elegant. This first aisle is covered completely with multi colored rose petals. Accented by floating candles and rose petals in large hurricane vases, this aisle winds its way to the ceremony, allowing the bride and her father to share a sweet and intimate walk together. The long flowing ribbons on this next aisle create a romantic feel as they flutter in the breeze. The small arrangements on the corner of the chairs add a bit of simple elegance to this lovely aisle.

Petal aisle inspired by: Martha Stewart Weddings Ribbon aisle décor inspired by: Style Unveiled

Petal aisle inspired by: Martha Stewart Weddings
Ribbon aisle décor inspired by: Style Unveiled

What do you think about these unique designs? Do you plan on having a non-traditional aisle on your big day?

Baby Shower Ideas

With all the recent talk about the royal baby, we decided to give our readers some tips on how to throw a beautiful and fun baby shower!

Not everyone is looking to break the bank when throwing a shower. That is why we geared more toward simple, yet elegant decor that almost anyone can replicate for an event. Centerpieces will definitely add to the ambiance at a shower, and floral is an easy way to add a pop of color. An elaborate arrangement is not needed, but a more simple, smaller arrangement will give your table a focal point and enhance guests’ experience.

Using mason jars or small glass bottles is definitely a cost effective and adorable idea to have a simple centerpiece arrangement on the tables at a shower. Wild flowers are currently trending for centerpiece designs at weddings, and this look can easily be used at a shower as well. We also love the fun idea of using baby’s breath at a baby shower! Fill a tin watering can or a galvanized bucket with baby’s breath and place on tables, and you have a perfect centerpiece for a small, outdoor gathering at a shower!

Baby Shower Centerpiece Inspiration Board

Centerpieces Inspired by: Martha Stewart

For an even more cost efficient arrangement for tables, we  like the idea of using a single flower placed in a tall, slender vase to create height on a table, or a single rose bud in a votive candle holder for a lower arrangement. How adorable are the champagne flutes filled with flowers as well!?

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Centerpieces Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Filling a cylinder vase with water dyed blue or pink to symbolize a boy or a girl topped with a floating candle is another creative way to save money by eliminating floral but still adding color to a tablescape.

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Centerpiece Inspired by: Martha Stewart

Getting guests involved at an event is a great way to increase enjoyment at a party. Fun games are easy to create for a baby shower. “Take a Guess” game is a unique place card displayed at each table setting for guests to partake in as they sit down to enjoy food.  A “Blindfolded Diaper Change” game is a great way to get guests on their feet and enjoy what this whole event is centered around – BABIES!

Creating unique baby themed favors is a great way to show appreciation for your guests’ attendance at the shower. Why not add a fun tag line to the favor boxes like the one shown below on the popcorn box, or a milk and cookies bar!

Baby Shower Gifts and Games Inspiration Board

“Ready to Pop” favor idea from: Ready to Pop Shop
“Take a Guess” game idea from: On to Baby
Cookie Bar favor idea from: Anchor

What are some other cute/unique ideas for decor, favors, games, etc. you’ve seen at baby showers?

Clavette-Polvere Wedding

Keith Watson Events was all over the map this summer, traveling to different tropical settings throughout Florida for a number of our brides’ destination weddings. We were so excited to be a part of the beautiful wedding of Stacey & Robbie Polvere at The Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Florida. This breathtaking oceanside resort was a perfect venue for this June wedding. Stacey & Robbie were such a wonderful couple to work with. Take a look at some pictures on their big photo day shoot by Footstone Photography!

The ceremony location was absolutely stunning on the resort’s beachfront property. We lined the aisle with floral balls on shepherds hooks, and we also created a bamboo arbor draped in sheer fabrics in their wedding colors with two floral buttons that accented the top. Take a look at the beautiful bride – she was beaming the whole day!

Clavette Ceremony Inspiration Board

After the ceremony, guests proceeded inside where cocktail hour began. Stacey & Robbie’s seating chart, set up where cocktail hour was held, was so cute and unique that we just had to share it! Below are pictures of the display Keith Watson Events & Footstone Photography helped design. Guests found their names on the seating chart displayed in a large picture frame and matched the table number listed to the designated champagne flute charm number.  Guests were then able to take a flute with their assigned table number charm to their table and enjoy the champagne as dinner was being served.

Clavette Seating Chart Inspiration Board

Orange and fuchsia continued in the decor at the reception. Stacey & Robbie wanted a very romantic feel for the decor with vintage centerpieces, as well as incorporating tropical floral design to complement their beach wedding. Take a look!

Clavette Centerpiece Inspiration Board

During the reception, we designed a head table for Stacey, Robbie and their son & daughter which displayed a complementing vintage floral arrangement in mint julep cups lining the front of the table. We also added a pipe and drape vignette backdrop with uplighting in their wedding colors which helped to make them the focal point of the room.

Clavette Sweetheart Table Inspiration Board

The champagne flute/guest seating chart table was later transformed into the wedding favor table.  Check out the couple’s wedding favors for guests. Personalized M&M’s in their wedding colors! How cute?!

Clavette Favor Inspiration Board

Not only did we love designing the decor and floral for this couple, but we also had so much fun at the wedding! Keith Watson Events wishes Stacey & Robbie Polvere a long and happy life together!

Tell us what you think of this wedding decor?

Christmas in July

Keith Watson Events was very excited to have the opportunity to showcase some upcoming holiday trends at The Hilton’s, “Christmas in July” event in Gainesville, Florida! Take a look at some of the Christmas displays we were able to present, complete with our Keith Watson Carolers! A big thanks to Powers Photography for these amazing images!

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We are so thrilled to already have clients booking their holiday parties with us and can’t wait to open the Keith Watson Christmas Shop in the Tioga Town Center very soon. We just returned from a fun week at market, where we made so many fabulous Christmas purchases for the shop, so be on the lookout for more pictures of the new Christmas decor available for purchase soon!

Does this make anyone else SO excited for Christmas?!

Personalizing Your Wedding

Recently, more and more couples have been asking our wedding team at Keith Watson Events for ideas on how to personalize their wedding. We always suggest that the bride and groom really allow their personalities to shine through in the little details of their wedding. For instance, interacting with guests and incorporating details that encompasses who the bride and groom are as a couple can make a wedding unique and memorable! Here are some ideas we were inspired by from Bridal Guide’s- 150+ Ways to Make Your Wedding Unforgettable.

When guests make their way to the restroom, give them something to chat about with fellow guests, like these cute his/hers sign featuring the couple’s baby photos posted on the doors. Add a personal flare to your decor by sharing fun facts about your relationship throughout the venue. Giving guests unique personalized favors such as this adorable “Do Not Disturb” sign for guests’ doors after attending your wedding, or this clever personalized fan shown below are all great ways to add those personal touches at your wedding!

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Many brides also ask about recommendations for unique guest books, that are interactive as well as personalized. Below are some of our favorite guestbook ideas that will not only entertain guests, but will also give yet another personal touch to your wedding.

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As a nod to a groom’s love of baseball, have guests  “autograph” balls and then display them in your home.  A few more creative ideas we loved include having  guests choose a word that describes the bride and groom in a dictionary, and then sign their name next to it, or have guests sign a Jenga piece, and later, you and your hubby can read the heart-felt messages while playing the game! Such cute and clever ideas!

What are some other ways you’ve seen couples personalize their weddings?

Hosting a Carnival-Themed Party

Whether searching for birthday party ideas for your kids, or hosting a fun pool party and are in need of a unique theme, creating a carnival for guests to enjoy with entertaining  games and decor will definitely make your event a memorable one! We have found a variety of different DIY carnival party decor and game ideas that will make planning this event all fun and games!

Decor for this theme can be as simple or as extravagant as you want! Pinwheels, streamers, flags, and red and white stripes all scream carnival and are easy to incorporate to an outdoor setting for a carnival themed party! Below are some ideas we put together.

Use scrap fabric to make a tassel garland to decorate the carnival with. No sewing required! Another decor idea is to make a collection of pinwheels to give to the party guests or decorate the yard with. Streamers are always so easy to create and are a great way to decorate a party with. Keeping with the carnival theme, ticket streamers are such a fun decor idea and an easy one for the kids to get involved in. Make them by stapling rings of tickets together in a chain and hang them around the party area!

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Tassel idea from: Pretty Prudent
Ticket streamer idea from: Pam Garrison
Pinwheel idea from: Style me Pretty

Games for guests to enjoy are essential at any carnival-themed party. There are so many clever and simple ideas out there, but here are a few that we thought were too cute not to share! Games for guests to partake in are also trending in vintage/outdoor weddings, and all these ideas can easily be recreated for a wedding as well!

Set up a pyramid of cans on top of a barrel and see who can knock them all down. This game definitely enhances the carnival theme, but the rustic feel of the barrel and cans also adds a unique vintage flair to the decor as well.  Another game idea to incorporate at your carnival party, is to set up a pretty ring toss game by painting the bottles and covering  hoop rings with fabric. This balloon dart game shown below is created by sticking balloons through a pegboard and seeing who can pop the most by throwing darts. So much fun!

Barrel and cans game idea by: Casa Sugar Balloon dart game idea by: Landee See, Landee Do Ring toss game idea by: Two shades of Pink

Barrel and cans game idea from: Casa Sugar
Balloon dart game idea from: Landee See, Landee Do
Ring toss game idea from: Two Shades of Pink

A couple of more game ideas include the Spray Away Game where guests get a ticket for each ping pong ball they can knock off the tee with a water gun, and a Bean Bag Toss where bowls are lined up in a row and guests attempt to throw bean bags to rack up the highest points.  To end the festivities, we found the “fish in a bag”, a clever game prize idea to give guests at the carnival.  You make fish shaped soap and set it inside bags of water. How cute!

Spray away game idea from: Martha Stewart Bean bag toss idea from: Morgan Moore Fish in a bag prize idea from: Cap Creations

Spray away game idea from: Martha Stewart
Bean bag toss idea from: Morgan Moore
Fish in a bag prize idea from: Cap Creations

What do you think of this theme for your next party?

Butterfield-Voss Wedding at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Keith Watson Events has had the amazing opportunity to work with so many incredible brides and vendors this past spring and summer! We enjoyed designing decor this wedding season for brides that really captured their vision and personality for their big day. This past May, we were honored to be a part of Ali Butterfield and Kyle Voss’ wedding in Gainesville, Florida at Sweetwater Branch Inn. We absolutely love working with great venues like Sweetwater and highly recommend it for brides who love the quaint feel of downtown Gainesville where they can have their ceremony and reception all in one beautiful location.

We designed the décor for Ali and Kyle with a modern approach using vibrant, tropical colors such as royal blue, turquoise, and orange. The floral design for her bouquets, alter arrangements, and cocktail and dining table centerpieces still kept that modern flair with a nod toward a tropical, beach feel.

One centerpiece design shown below was a large bubble bowl with an arrangement of calla lilies and bear grass wrapped inside submerged in water. The shape of the bowl with the floral and greenery wrapped inside definitely gives the arrangement a modern feel. We even had LIVE beta fish swimming around inside!!  No worries, all beta fish went home as favors to the children of the guests attending.

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The second centerpiece we designed for Ali and Kyle’s special day was a tall wrought iron vase filled with blue orbs and white and blue dendrobium orchids. It was a great addition to the lower arrangements, bringing some height to the room, and it complimented the tropical theme of the wedding. We also added drapery from the ceilings and lighting around the room illuminting the walls as well as the ceiling.

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Ali and Kyle wanted lots of personalized touches at their wedding. We designed a chalk board placed in the reception area that listed all of Ali and Kyle’s significant dates during their relationship. Also, their ceremony site was outside on the colonnade located in Sweetwater’s gardens. We created an orange pipe and drape backdrop and two large floral arrangements made with a variety of tropical flowers and greenery. We fell in love with this look!

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Of course we would be remiss without recommending our other favorite ceremony/reception combo venues in the Gainesville area.  They are in no particular order . . . Gainesville Golf and Country Club, Haile Plantation Golf and Country Club, Plantation Hall at Haile, Santa Fe River Ranch, Herlong Mansion, UF Hilton Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Gateway Grand, FL Museum of Natural History, and Harn Museum of Art.

What do you think about these designs for your wedding? Are you a modern or more traditional bride when it comes to decor?

Decor & Floral Design by: Keith Watson Events

Venue & Caterer: Sweetwater Branch Inn

Photographer: Footstone Photography

Summer Garden Party

Garden parties are the best opportunity for you to enjoy close friends and family in the most natural setting… your backyard! Whether it is a Sunday brunch after church or a Saturday night dinner with cocktails, a garden party is an awesome excuse to add some pizazz to your backyard with bright, colorful summer decor that will add vigor and life to your party.

We decided to share some easy and simple decor ideas for a garden party that anyone can put together.

We love the idea of incorporating real fruit into centerpiece arrangements. Not only does it add color to your table setting, but the aroma of fresh fruit will enhance the summer outdoor feel as well.

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Dress up your bird bath or spare bucket you have lying around the garage by filling them up with water and adding floating flower heads! You can coordinate the flowers you use with the arrangement you have on your dining table or you can use fresh flowers growing in the yard. Add floating candles as well to the water to create a great nighttime ambiance for your guests to enjoy!

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What are some of your summer garden party decor ideas that you have used or plan to use??